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How To Design A Website That Makes You Happy
I know how you feel.
No, I’m not saying that like some overbearing aunt offering unsolicited advice. I know because I asked, and you told me.
You told me that you are excited about creating a website, but actually getting it going is just…..ugh.
Frustrating. Exhausting. Head-banging-on-the-desk, curse-you-HTML, what-the-heck-I’m-not-a-webmaster irritation. Makes you wonder why you’re bothering to do it at all. But here’s the good news: We’re gonna fight back. Starting today.
I’m working furiously to create something that will address the #1 website problem you guys brought up. When it’s done, I’ll send it to anyone who wants it for f-r-e-e.
(And while you’re at it, you can nab 13 Things No One Tells You About Photographing Children right now, in one fell swoop. Oh, how I love efficiency.)
All you have to do is tell me where to send it:
(Don’t worry, your email will stay safe. It won’t be shared.)
(TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED WHILE I SWITCH MAILING SERVICES – BE RIGHT BACK!)
**Oh, and if by chance you’ve already signed up to get the 13 Things e-book, it’ll just say “hey, you’re already on this list, but you can update your email preferences.” And you just clickity-click to update your preferences. That way I can make sure the only people who get the new e-book are the ones who want it.**
While I’m working away at creating some problem-solving awesomeness, I thought I’d give out some Official Survey Awards to my brilliant responders, high school style:
Words that cracked me up the most:
“BLERGH is how I feel right now. Blergh.”
Words that choked me up the most:
“Thank you (in anticipation) for your advice… feels like its a big scary world out there and all I want is to take beautiful pictures.”
The response that was in the biggest minority:
Only ONE person said “I’m actually pretty happy with my website.” Bouquet and a gold cup to that person! Free e-book for the rest of us…. 🙂
Responder who I thought was crazy until I realized they were absolutely right:
“One thing that has been bugging me about it though is your name is nowhere obvious, but think I saw it once buried in a post or comment somewhere? I’ve looked and looked…. Minor minor concern, it’s otherwise A++++”
I was all “Dude, did you even check the “About” page?” But then I went and realized that yeah, my name actually isn’t there. Ha! Sorry! I linked to my photography website and reply to almost all comments as Jenika, but…..just so everyone knows, my name is JENIKA. Pronounced Jen – ih – kah. The “i” sounds like the “i” in the word “sit.” I’m not Jeneeeeeeka!
Most unexpected, frequently-mentioned issue:
SEO. Did that send shudders through your spine? Never fear. Right now I’m wrangling us up an SEO expert to come guest post on this blog – you’ll be SEOing away very soon.
The only voiced objection to the questions:
Some of you jokingly grumbled about the age categories. Trust me, there’s no way to group people by age without upsetting someone. 😉 In case you’re wondering, here are percentages in each age group:
Oh, and darn near everyone who responded was female. What’s up with that, guys? 😉
Most unanticipated side effect of this survey:
I felt GREAT after reading hundreds – yes, hundreds – of very kind, positive comments about the blog. Thanks guys. I spend about 10-15 hours a week working on this blog, writing posts, doing admin stuff, replying to emails, etc – all on top of my regular work and responsibilities. I worried when I launched this that people wouldn’t appreciate the time I put into it (let’s face it – people can be ridiculous where the internet is concerned). I didn’t expect to be met with such an overwhelmingly supportive, happy, solidarity-filled response. I’m making friends all over the world, and I love it.
Other big news:
I’m hosting a live Q&A session tomorrow, Thursday February 16th, at 1:00pm Central Standard Time, USA. Come introduce yourself and hang out with me for a bit! You will find me here: