Not just a new banner, but a new blog

Friday, July 16, 2010

Well, you know I could not have come up with this one on my own.  I needed a trip to Chanticleer's lotus pond, so that I might find the photo.  I needed my husband to make that photo art.  But most of all, I needed Amy Riley and Nicole Bonia of Winsome Media Communications to patiently wade through my design hopes (can it be simple? can it be easy for me to maintain? can it be basically like it was but a million times better?), to kindly walk me through Feedburner and the Site Meter, and to be there, pretty much around the clock, to answer my profoundly unintelligent technology questions and to be their dear, helpful, knowing, calm selves.

Amy and Nicole, you are the best, you really are.

So what do we have here?  We have, at long last, an uncluttered sidebar.  We have my biography—the books, the awards, the teaching, the anthologies, the judging—all housed on one page.  We have review excerpts of books past and present; an interview revealing a little why, a little how; a YouTube channel that collects my various adventures on film (not all of them, indeed, I tossed many of them out; call it summer cleaning).

We have the blog, still—the photos and musings on the writer's life, the heat of summer (or the chill of winter, if we ever get there), and, mostly, books I've loved and other writers who have taught me.

The door is open.  Please stop by.  Please stick around.

24 comments:

Beth F said...

Welcome to your new home!

Carrie said...

It looks wonderful!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Simple, clean and beautiful -- it reflects you perfectly :)

Alea said...

It's BEAUTIFUL!

Mandy said...

Wow, this is so gorgeous! I'm super impressed with all the work that went into it and it is so perfectly you.

Holly said...

What Solvang Sherrie said.

Q said...

Very, very nice. Simplicity works for you.

Maya Ganesan said...

It's beautiful! Congratulations! There's so much to explore and be in awe of :)

reiko rizzuto said...

Lovely. Simple, poetic, every page astounds. Congratulations.

The1stdaughter said...

It's just beautiful! Amy and Nicole are amazing and I'm so happy they could help with this. It looks like it turned out perfectly! Congrats!

Karen Mahoney said...

Wow! It's perfect. :) I can just picture you adding your wonderful words and photos to this serene oasis of a website/blog.

<3

Karen

Priya said...

This looks great! I love how clean and fresh it is.

Becca said...

It's beautiful and serene -just like I imagine you to be :) (your previous post notwithstanding!)

Anna Lefler said...

Love this! It looks so elegant and it's gorgeous!

Super-swank, lady! Much deserved, too.

Congrats and enjoy!

XOXO

A.

bermudaonion said...

I love the super clean look!

Florinda said...

Love it - you and your gifted associates have built a wonderful new online home for you!

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Beth Kephart said...

Thanks, so much, to all of you! Yesterday was like a party day, and all of you came.

Lilian Nattel said...

Fabulous new look! Well done!

Charlotte said...

It looks beautiful!

Erin said...

I LOVE the new blog design! So, so pretty.

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