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Top 7 Reasons Building A New Website Is Like Falling In Love On A Blind Date

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Aaaand . . . we’re live!


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Writing in the Buff has a new home and a new header.  What do you think of Tub Lady? Did you click to the home page yet? There’s a new header over there, too.

The header menu is pretty unobtrusive, which is just what I asked for. It will, of course, take you to the rest of the website which includes excerpts from upcoming books and a few other goodies. I’m pleased with my virtual abode, and hope you are as well.

My goals were to create a warm and friendly site that readers would feel comfortable with, something easy to navigate. If you click around a bit and run into any problems, please let me know.

If you usually receive email notifications of new Writing in the Buff posts but didn’t receive this, please go ahead and sign up via the email widget at the TOP of the side bar to put yourself back in the loop.

There is a second signup widget further down, and that one is for the newsletter. Please sign up for that, as well, to be notified of contests and giveaways, book release dates, or other newsy stuff.  The newsletter will only go out when there is info to share (probably about 4-6 times a year). Never any spam.

As I mentioned last week, this whole build-a-website dealio was an interesting process. My web designer, Jennifer of J Davis Web Design, was patient and professional, and she took my wish list and made it happen. I populated the pages myself, but she worked her magic to make everything look and work the way it’s supposed to—in short, a ton of behind-the-scenes stuff way beyond my ability to comprehend. Thank you, Jennifer!

The main thing is that I learned a lot, and you know what that means, right Buttercup? I have to share my newfound knowledge. Therefore, I give you:

Top 7 Reasons Building a New Website is Like

Falling in Love on a Blind Date


# 1.  You fantasize about it before you ever see it in person.

#2.  When you do see it for the first time, it’s not quite what you expected.

#3.  It takes a third party to help you see its finer qualities.

#4.  As time goes on you realize it’s actually pretty good looking.


 #5.  In fact, the more time you spend with it, the prettier it becomes.

#6.  And after a few glasses of wine, you think it’s pretty damn spectacular.

 #7.  After the wine is gone, you’re still glad you showed up for the party.

Thanks for hanging out with me. Please check out the new website, then put yourself in the Buff and tell me what you think!

See you Friday for the first installment of Observations from the Tub.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

25 Responses to "Top 7 Reasons Building A New Website Is Like Falling In Love On A Blind Date"

  1. Comment by Dawn H
    April 1, 2015 at 10:22 am  

    love the new website! always enjoy your posts, entered to win a copy of Love Built to Last. Congrats!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm  

      Thanks, Dawn! I’m glad you enjoy my blog, and I appreciate you taking the time to sign up and comment. Oh, and good luck!

  2. Comment by Sioux
    April 1, 2015 at 10:49 am  

    Lisa–I did some exploring. Tublady is cute (but not as cute as you). It’s too bad you couldn’t paste your face onto Tublady. 😉 You and your web designer did a marvelous job. Your website has some features that give people (like me–people who don’t have a website) some ideas.

    In your bio I learned some things about your writing. Are you planning on doing any combination book signing-dog rescue meet and greets? Are you scheduling a stop in St. Louis on your whirlwind book tour? (It could probably be written off your taxes 😉 Do you keep pinching yourself? Envious minds want to know…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 1, 2015 at 9:14 pm  

      That’s a lot of questions. 🙂 Well, first, I do pinch myself, but usually in relation to complaining about my muffin top. About the books? Yes, that, too. It’s a bit surreal, but honestly, I’m so busy with all of it (3 books was a lot to bite off and chew) that I don’t have too much time for pinching. Mostly I’m working and whining about my own poor time management.

      Regarding a whirlwind book tour, I know that was tongue-in-cheek. I’d love to make it to St. Louis, though, so I tell you what—if you can find an indy bookstore up there that will stock a few of my books and allow me to do a book signing, I can probably make it work because you’re right—completely tax deductible! So, how much do you love me? lol

      Animal rescue is a biggie for me, and I will absolutely combine signing/booths with rescue events as a way to promote that agenda. I’m planning to look into a booth for the Howl-o-Weenie Festival in October this year, where the profit from book sales that day would go as a donation to the DREAM Dachshund rescue group that sponsors the festival.

      Pasting my face onto Tub lady would be certainly, er, interesting. But did you read the part in last week’s post where I mentioned that my web designer got a stress-related eye tic whenever I contacted her? I don’t think she could handle a request like that. Well, maybe she could . . . she’s pretty great.

      I think that’s everything, isn’t it? 🙂 Oh, the last thing. Ideas for your own website—I’ll be honored if something here inspires you, so borrow away!

  3. Comment by Sioux
    April 1, 2015 at 10:51 am  

    I forgot to mention: A bit of Thor is ALWAYS appreciated.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm  

      *sigh* Yeah.

  4. Comment by Rob
    April 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm  

    Woo Hoo!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 1, 2015 at 9:17 pm  

      Haha – thanks, Rob. And your new post just popped up in my email, so I’m heading over to your blog for a read.

  5. Comment by Claudia
    April 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm  

    Yeah, your new web page is lovely! It is easy to get around on too, although it took a minute to find where to leave a comment. So happy for you that it all, books and page, are coming together for you. I will be able to say “I knew you when…”! Have signed up for your newsletter too. Sun out this morning although rain on the way. It was first morning I could be out on deck with tea pot first thing! Life is good when that happens! Have a great day in the South.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm  

      Thank you, Claudia! And thanks for signing up for the newsletter. Good luck with the contest!

  6. Comment by Jennifer Davis
    April 1, 2015 at 2:56 pm  

    **snort** Your posts are hilarious! And I’m so glad you finished with Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Glad to know you are enjoying your new design!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm  

      Thanks, Jennifer. I couldn’t be happier. You did an awesome job, so I’ll be bragging about you. 🙂

  7. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    April 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm  

    I DO like the Tub Lady and the website and all the stuff in between–and Thor, yes, I DEFINITELY like Chris. (But Luke Skywalker? Really? That must’ve been *some* wine!)

    (Great website, Lisa–y’all did a wonderful job here!)

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm  

      Haha – thanks, Cathy. Luke—well, I remember thinking he was kind of adorable back in the day, although Han Solo had my heart. And yes, the wine was delish. 🙂

  8. Comment by Pat
    April 2, 2015 at 2:15 am  

    Your website looks awesome. It’s easy to navigate and appears to be very user friendly. I also like the colors–very calming. Congratulations!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 2, 2015 at 2:41 am  

      Thanks, Pat. I appreciate the positive review!

  9. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    April 2, 2015 at 4:01 am  

    I got so wrapped up in looking around your new site that I forgot to leave a comment! It looks great and is very easy to navigate. I read the book excerpts – I can’t wait to read them!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 3, 2015 at 5:24 am  

      Thanks! I’m excited to have you read them, too. 🙂

  10. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    April 2, 2015 at 4:04 am  

    OK, question… What’s up with the time stamp? It’s about 12:05 EDT for me but the time stamp on my previous comment says 4:01 a.m. I know you’re also in EDT so I’m curious about where the time is coming from? 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      April 3, 2015 at 5:29 am  

      Thanks for the head’s up on the time stamp. It’s fixed now, but not before Observations from the Tub posted about five hours early. lol You tried to warn me, and I procrastinated on finding the problem. Anyway, I think it’s fixed now. I guess I’ll find out on Monday if Pawsitive Pondering posts at the wrong time. Fingers crossed. 🙂

      • Comment by ButtonsMom2003
        April 3, 2015 at 1:37 pm  

        🙂 <3

        • Comment by ButtonsMom2003
          April 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm  

          The time stamp on my last 🙂 <3 comment was correct! 🙂

  11. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    April 3, 2015 at 8:32 am  

    Love the new website, Lisa! Congratulations — Jennifer did a wonderful job. And the notification came across in my email just fine. I really need that little email prodding because it helps remind me to visit, which I love doing, btw. Going to go sign up for your newsletter now. Oh, and if you do come to St. Louis for a book signing, I’d love to meet you. There are several great indie stores here.

  12. Comment by Karen Lange
    April 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm  

    Congrats on the new site! Looks good! 🙂

  13. Comment by Tammy
    April 20, 2015 at 6:38 pm  

    Hee hee! Looks like happily ever after to me. Oh, and I noticed Tub Lady before you mentioned her! Nice touch!

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