Some of you know that I updated my WordPress theme several weeks ago and my site broke. I spent night after night on the phone with technical support, only to finally be advised to just start all over from scratch, with a fresh, untainted site. Once my files were migrated over to the new site that was being built, I stopped posting, because anything new I put up on the temporary site would not be able to be transferred to the new site. But as of today, I’m back in business! So stay tuned for more Her Royal Thighness stories this week!
So what’s different about my new Her Royal Thighness blog?
Well, I finally have masthead with my tagline and the Her Royal Thighness artwork created by my old friend, Dave Dorrell! My husband adapted Daves artwork into a masthead and subscribe buttons and created a really cool footer at the bottom of the page, where you can see some of the places my work has been published.
You’ll notice a lot more color, because I wanted this site to reflect my personality. I asked WordPress guru and blog designer Julie DeNeen to create a space where people would instantly know they are in for a good time. I wanted new readers to know they’d landed on a humor site. I also wanted to divide my stories into fun categories. If you click “Humor By Category” in the menu bar at the top, you’ll see a drop down menu with catchy titles like “I’m Sorry, God!” and “Scarred for Life.” My top categories, plus a selection of stories from each, can be seen by scrolling down the home page. I haven’t come up with a clever title for every category yet (I’m open for suggestions when it comes to stories on motherhood, middle age and love and marriage). I’m afraid I wasn’t expecting this redesign, and it’s a work in progress!
Perhaps the biggest thing I wanted to accomplish with the new design is to easily show readers how to subscribe. That’s right … you can get my stories right in your inbox and never miss a laugh! I also wanted to branch out to other types of writing, besides humor. I’ll be honest here. There are days (and weeks) where I just don’t feel funny. But that doesn’t mean I have nothing to say.
A humor blog can be limiting sometimes. But no matter what I write, I’m going to approach it with humor, because that’s who I am. For instance, I recently started writing about reinventing myself and the challenges and triumphs involved with switching over to a more healthy lifestyle. Those posts aren’t funny, but they’re definitely part of who I am. And I think I have a lot of mid-life readers who are also reinventing themselves in different ways. I think it would be fun to become a community of people reinventing ourselves … to share our stories, our triumphs and our tragedies. I also want to be able to tell readers about great funny and inspirational books I’ve read and great products that I find. These won’t be sponsored posts, where I am paid for talking up a product or service; they will be posts where I talk about something fantastic that I’ve stumbled upon for real.
For now, my healthy lifestyle posting will be in the Battling the Bulge category on my menu bar. Likewise for my nonexistent-at-the-moment book and product reviews. I’ve kind of hidden them up there, so new readers don’t click over to the kingdom and leave, before seeing that it’s a humor blog. If and when these parts of my blog grow and are received favorably, they will be given more status. So how will you know if I have a new post in one of these other categories? That’s easy. The slider at the top of my home page will always have my newest stories. (That’s not what’s there now, because there are no new stories, yet.) For now, you’ll just find a couple of reader favorites. And speaking of reader favorites, they are now prominently displayed on every page!
Finally, you will notice two ads, which have never been on my site before. I’ve been asked to join the BlogHer ad network and I said yes. When you put BlogHer ads on your page, BlogHer promotes you and helps your stories get more traffic. It’s also a chance to make a few dollars from blogging, which is a labor of love, but which sometimes feels like another job … one that doesn’t pay. I don’t feel that as a humor blogger. While lots of bloggers make money by doing sponsored posts, where they are paid to endorse or use products and services, I don’t feel that lends itself to my blog. I don’t want to muddy the land by letting sponsors pay me to write about Depend and Efferdent (yes, I was recently approached by both!). But it would be nice to make some mad money to fund my writing conferences.
I have also become an Amazon Affilliate. So when I do talk about a book or product I love, I will provide a link for you to see the item on Amazon, if it’s available there. Amazon links allow me to show you the product and allow you to read more about it, including reviews. If or where you buy these items is entirely up to you. If you do buy something through my links, I will most likely get a whopping 4% of your “qualifying purchases” … not even enough for a parking meter … or a pay toilet. If you buy a $10 book, that means I make about 40 cents. Again, it’s my way of trying to generate a little income from my blog, without becoming less authentic and taking money to endorse things I don’t really use.
I hope you enjoy my new website and look forward to seeing you around my kingdom! Stay tuned for more fun posts this week. And while you’re here, click on my new home page and check it out! I love the pops of color. They’re so me!
If you like what you see, my new blog was designed and built by Julie DeNeen of Fabulous Blogging. Julie is a technology and social media guru, an enthusiastic t weeter, a leader in several online communities and a former psychology major who uses her degree to figure out how to make people come, stay and buy on a website or blog. She is a writer who also does website design, social media strategizing, branding, WordPress training, website migration, website maintenance and more. She’s intelligent, accessible, well-priced and fun to work with. I definitely felt like I was in great hands! Best of all, Julie empowered me by training me, so I can make tweaks to my blog myself. If you go to her site, you can sign up to receive her blogging newsletter, which I have found enormously helpful and informative.