Out With the Old
My OLD website/blog was just sixteen months old when I decided it was time to recreate and refresh my www-world. It seemed the right thing to do with Novel Two of my Southwest series coming out soon.
And then there was the new profile photo my daughter phone-snapped of me in front of a green shower curtain. That certainly deserved a special place to live, right?
Two months later, and after a lot of sweat equity on my part and from my awesome web designer – Laird Sapir, voila ~ a new website and blog!
Time to let all my sweet peeps know! But how?
It’s always a risk to assume what we know, have, or do will slightly interest anyone else. I began to imagine this conversation:
Someone perfect: “Hey, Jodi, what’s new?”
Just me: (Breaking out in big, silly grin) “Oh, not much . . . except I have a new website and blog!”
Someone perfect: “Really? Cool. (Huge yawn) “Well, have to go file my toenails. Talk later.”
Just me: “Well, phooey.”
With that make-believe exchange in mind, I thought: Okay then. What is the best way to
present my new website/blog without boring everyone to tears innovatively?
First my brain swelled up like a bag of pink cotton candy. Then it rattled around my skull in a 360. I contemplated all kinds of crazy stuff to do to celebrate this momentous occasion. Stuff like . . .
- hiring a mariachi band of Russian ex-patriots to march down the main street of Winona, Minnesota, or
- throwing a boloney and cheese blowout, or
- rolling a crate of oranges down Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world.
To be honest, nothing seemed to fit.
Then it hit me.
I am the popcorn-nut of all time. If statistics are correct and Americans really do consume 15 billion quarts of popped corn annually, I’m guilty of consuming at least 7 of those billion quarts per year. That’s how much I love my popcorn!
You say, what’s the connection between popcorn and the unveiling of my new website and blog?
I say . . . POP.
That’s the connection.
- Popcorn POPS!
- My new, Southwest-themed website designed by Memphis McKay POPS!
Maybe not, but for hanging with me this long, I want to give you something – my Texas Hot Chili Popcorn recipe. It’s hanging out in the “Chuckwagons and Campfires” section of my website, *here’s a link.* It’s so hot, you’d better call the fire department before you serve it!
By the way, thank you thank you thank you for sharing my joy in presenting my new Cyber-Home!
Your opinion matters to me.
Jodi–well, I love it, too! And I really love your tag line, Walking on Sunshine. It’s perfect for you.
Congratulations! Celia Yeary….Romance, and little bit of Texas.
Celia! How nice of you to come! I love your impressions. Thank you!
I LOVE THIS!! The background photos are so gorgeous they make me dizzy 😉 Nice work, both of you!
Having you as one of my first visitors is very special, Liv! Thank you! Laird and I are pretty proud.
Very nice new site! I love the Grand Canyon background! Having just moved to north-central Arizona, I am in awe of its beauty and loving the sunshine (I came from the Seattle area.)
Oh, Heidi…what a difference! It’s like walking from a shower into a desert, right? I’m honored to have you as one of the first visitors to my new blog!
I like it, I love it, I want some more of it! Hello Sunshine, clicking on all 8 I see. Beautiful, Awesome, how many worss I can’t count them. All good though. Much success I wish for thee.
You slick-tongued devil you! Thanks so much for visiting, Stephen!
Great website, Jodi. Wonderful pictures and nice layout. Congratulations!
Aw, thanks, Mary!
OH MY GOSH, JODI!!!!! Your new spread looks absolutely beautiful. I love everything about it from Top to Bio! You must be so thrilled. Here’s to Texas Hot Chili Popcorn all-around! You certainly have something to celebrate, and needless to say, Laird is definitely a blog design superstar 😀
Leave it to you, Barbara, to express how I actually feel inside! Yes! I’m sitting on top of the world right now! Laird Sapir is the kindest, most talented web designer in the universe, bar none! Thank you so much for visiting. It wouldn’t have been a proper “Website Opening” without you!
*blushing madly*! I am SO thrilled you are happy, Jodi! Working with you has been so much fun!!!
I count the time working with you as one of my best professional experiences ever. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Aww! Thanks Barbara! Of course, It really helps when I get to work with creative and inspiring people (like the very fabulous Jodi!)
See how my girl Laird is? Always the Southern Lady in every situation!
This is FABULOUS! Love all the little details, too. Well done, Jodi and Laird! I wouldn’t have expected anything less from two fantastically creative women like yourselves. 🙂
Spectacular new look! You look professional and fun! I felt HAPPY while I was here. Can’t wait for the new book! Exciting!
Thanks so much, Elizabeth! It’s always a joy to have you stop by!
I LOVE it! Very fun and cheerful vibe about it! Makes me want to get to know you!
Yay! Let’s hang out more, okay?
Pretty awesome Jodi! I know you must be excited as time draws near for the release of your next novel. I loved the last one…… can’t wait for this one and how long before the next! Congratulations!
You just made a great day better, Miss Katherine! Thank you! Yes, I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of CANYON OF DOOM. The editors said it was better than the first one, but I want to hear that from my fav peeps, like you. It means so much more that way! Blessings!
I Love your New page. Please keep reminding me once in a while about your books so I can see if I can find them.
Thank you, and it will be my pleasure, Miss Shirley, to remind you when CANYON OF DOOM comes out. Hopefully, it will be sometime in August. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Howdy friend…thanx for the invite…
Erich! How delightful to hear from you! I feel blessed you could take time from your busy schedule to drop by. Please make my blog a habit…lol!
(Find Erich’s amazing book “Rescue at Pine Ridge” at Amazon books!)
Congratulations on the new site, Jodi! It’s 100% reflective of you, which makes it perfect. Laird is certainly very clever. 🙂
Your site looks great, Jodi! I love it!
Very you 🙂
It’s even better since you dropped by, Kim! Thanks!