New Face, Same Place

P4190608Welcome to the new Words on the Page blog home!

I’ve finally made the move to WordPress, leaving behind Blogger, which was this blog’s home for the last decade. While it was a nice place to be, it wasn’t allowing me the function that WordPress does. Not that I’m a designer, or even adept enough at WordPress to do fabulous things.

In fact, this blog being absent for about a week is evidence that site building is not my strong suit.

Thanks once again to Jenn Mattern for coming to my rescue and getting this site up and running. Try as I might, I was missing some step somewhere that impacted how it displayed. Like a fool, I’d decided to follow instructions posted by someone who made it sound easy. It isn’t hard, but something in the site builder’s instructions didn’t quite work.

But here I am. And I’m happy to be back.

Because I was up looking over Jenn’s virtual shoulder until about 10 pm, this post is about appreciation. We writers live in our own little pods of existence — we sit at desks, tables, or chairs working alone, communicating virtually, and missing out on the face-to-face camaraderie that comes with the 9-to-5 world.

But that doesn’t mean we miss out on having our community. People like Jenn, like you, are part of my pod. I hope I’m part of yours. When stuff happens, you’re there. When it happens to you, I’ll be there. Unless it’s website-related — in that case, you’d rather I weren’t there (trust me).

Jenn had my back this time. There will come a time when I’ll have hers, or yours. There’s no competition among us, not in my view. Each of us brings something unique to what we do. We could have the same niche areas and never compete for clients. We don’t have to. Contrary to the pronouncements that “freelancing is dead” there are more clients out there than any one of us (or group of us) could possibly get to.

That’s what makes this job exciting.

Then there are the conversations with like-minded creatives. We get each other. We understand the challenges, have different ways of facing them, and we share with each other.

That’s what makes this job damned great.

I appreciate Jenn (and I hope you do – otherwise, you’d not be reading this right now). And I appreciate every one of you, no matter how long I’ve known you or how frequently/infrequently you post. Even you who lurk elevate this blog in some way.

So welcome to the new face of a familiar place. Now that this blog has the space and function for this blog to grow, let’s see what we can do together.

Writers, what people, things, or events in your working life do you appreciate?

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  • Jake Poinier July 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Yay, she’s back! Sorry to hear you glitched out–I wondered what was up when my “broken link checker” plugin sounded the red alert to all your links. (And, as I discussed with Jenn during our podcast, I nuked my site accidentally last year, so I know EXACTLY how it feels.) Anyway, glad to see you back up and running, and I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments you’ve expressed here. The new design is great!

    • lwidmer July 6, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      I’m baaack….

      Glad to be back and running! Thanks to Jenn, it’s possible. I was having no luck following the “easy” guides. You think it would get easier — this is my third WP site — but this one, for some reason, was the toughest.

      I’m glad I’m not the only one nuking sites, Jake!

  • Cathy Miller July 6, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Your blog looks mah-velous! So glad to have you back, Lori. I’ve have often said that our industry has some of the most generous people around. And Jenn takes it to the next level. She is always so willing to help the technically-challenged (such as myself). I’ve told Jenn I truly wish I could do a brain dump from hers to mine. But then mine just might explode. ☺

    I appreciate all of our generous colleagues.

    • lwidmer July 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks, Cathy! I agree — Jenn has been so generous with her time and talent.

  • Paula Hendrickson July 6, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Nice fresh look here, Lori!

    I have no idea how Jenn remained so patient with me few weeks ago whe I had an endless stream of questions while setting up my new website.

    Maybe she’s taking notes on those of us who sometimes struggle with techie stuff to build a character in one of her horror stories – you know, the writer who gets killed early in the story because he or she doesn’t know how to reconfigure some thingamajig to signal for help before the power goes out. If so, it’s a small price to pay for her help!

    • lwidmer July 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      LOL Paula, I think she’d have plenty of fodder with me. 🙂

      Just goes to show how awesome she is. She helps without question or complaint. Though we may both end up on the fictional chopping block. 😉

      • Paula Hendrickson July 8, 2016 at 8:27 pm

        We can only hope!

  • Sharon Hurley Hall July 12, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Looking good, Lori. Jenn’s a wonder when it comes to techie issues. Glad she was able to help you get the blog back online.

  • Catherine Christaki (@LinguaGreca) July 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    The new blog looks gorgeous Lori, modern and clean (uncluttered & fresh), good job & kudos to wonderful Jenn for the help! Like Jake, I was worried too when the broken link checker plugin in our WordPress blog sounded the red alert to all your links (and we have tons of them in our Weekly Favorites posts) but I figured you must be working on a new blog 😉

    • lwidmer July 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Catherine, thank you! It’s great seeing you here. I tried to leave breadcrumbs by mentioning it on Twitter and having my pre-move post (a warning, really — I know my own technical limitations!), but I’m glad you didn’t worry too much.