Gwyned Trefethen’s Musings – 2019 03/08

The start of a new art work for the Art Quilt Challenge group.

There is a saying, I am too old to buy green bananas. I feel myself at that crossroad more and more these days. Should I invest my time in something new? The answer for me is rarely clear. One such decision has been whether to set up and learn WordPress.

I have been dissatisfied with Blogger (the application I use to post my blog). I knew WordPress would be more professional, and eventually less problematic. The time it would take to develop a comfort level with a new to me application just didn’t seem worth it. Instead I wasted spent hours reading up on WordPress, checking out the various tools and Plugins, and watching videos.

Several weeks ago I screwed up my courage and asked my website host to help me set up a WordPress site (url). Techie #1 did this, but in the process brought down my personal website, something I didn’t realize until I needed to check my website for something. Techie #2 managed to get both up. Phew!

Step 2 – Slicing and reassembling the original piecing

The next step has been setting up the behind the scenes things, such as layout, color schemes, and a few pages. One of the advantages of WordPress is it can be used as a website, too. That is why I gave in and decided to give WordPress a try. It is only a matter of time, before my current website platform may not be functional. The miracle is it has lasted as long as it has.

It looks like I can buy those green bananas after all. First post on WordPress. Done! Starting a new art project. Check! Beginning to feels though I am turning back the clock.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

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By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.

12 comments

  1. Really lovely, Gwyned. It takes courage to give up something familiar, and the new blog is a fresh approach with a clear definition and looks like it will serve you well for many years to come. Congrats!

    1. Bethany, you are always so supportive and positive. I really appreciate it. Thank you!

  2. Congratulations…..I too have considered switching but can’t work up the nerve, esp. since I have no tech#1 or tech #2 available!

    1. I do have the advantage that I have created and have been maintaining my website for over 10 years. This means I already have a host for the site as well as a registered domain name. Both are essential for WordPress. One of the reasons I selected my particular host was because they include technical assistance as part of the package. I rarely use it, but when I need help, I get it 24/7 within minutes.

  3. I love the new look! Clean and easy to read. Focus on your work not all the junk on the side like I have on blogger. I have yet to make the leap mainly because of the Etsy shop link on blogger. It’s not like I sell that much anyway.

    I am drawn to the neutral colors in your next piece. Looking forward to see it progress.

    1. I haven’t worked on linking yet. I like to cross pollinate from blog to my website and back. Perhaps I will tackle that this week. First, I need to understand how to set up comments. I just find where they land. Next step to get the comment section to appear at the bottom of the page.

      My next piece is coming along. It is for AQC. It is very unusual for me to work in neutrals, but they seemed the perfect palette to convey my “quote”.

    1. Thank you, Hallsie. I think WordPress has a cleaner, more professional look, too.

  4. I used blogger for about a week before I switched to wordpress and I’ve been very happy with it. And I’ve never upgraded from the free…I think you will be happy with it.

    1. I’m already happy with WordPress, but still on a learning curve. Didn’t discover where comments were landing until this morning. I knew I needed to make the switch. I’m glad I bit the bullet and moved forward. Thanks for the encouraging words.

    1. Thanks, Judy. Part of the learning curve has been discovering where the comments land for me to approve them. As you can see, I finally found them. 🙂 Thanks for the words of encouragement.

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