Periodically, I share my technology experiences here with y’all. And you know if you’ve been following my blog for long, those technology experiences are, shall we say challenging.
Charley army crawling on a morning walk.
Let’s talk about my most recent experience. When I sent out my April Newsletter, I heard back from a guy who hadn’t received the newsletter in quite a while and was glad to get it. (The story of those lost people is a complicated one. Suffice it to say, folks signed up to my newsletter when it had one name, and then I changed the name but I failed to switch about twenty folks from one name to the other. It was while I was still learning how to do the newsletter on my own.)
In April, I sent the newsletter to both lists, and then I physically moved them all over to the main newsletter list, something I should’ve done a long time ago. Hopefully, the May edition will work better. Well, so, the guy emailed me to thank me for the newsletter and to tell me when he checked my website, he noticed under Books that one of the blurbs was wrong. He said I’d put the same blurb under two books. Dinner from Cotton Patch on the dock.
I didn’t see how that was possible, but I promptly checked and found the blurbs were all correct. I emailed him back and said maybe he’d looked the wrong place and sent him the authormarsharwest.wordpress.com addy. I asked him what he’d looked under.
He told me he’d looked under marsharwest.com. I went there and low and behold, he was right. The blurb for Act of Trust was wrong. So, I started trying to figure out how to fix it.
Ultimately, I realized I had a couple of websites that I’d set up myself trying to make sure I had all my blog posts in the same place and didn’t lose any of them. They were FREE, which is good. (An earlier visit with WordPress folks allowed me to shift all the blogs to the one you’re in now.) I decided I need to delete the extra sites, but then I decided I needed someone to hold my hand while I did that. (Pushing Delete is as scary as pushing Send.) And I found someone.
Dinner on the Dock from Cheddars
Esther on WordPress was so wonderfully patient with me and saw me through the whole process. At least all the part I did on WordPress. We got those two other sites deleted. Esther discovered that the website where my friend had found the problem was hosted by WIX. I’d totally forgotten that had been set up when I had a PR firm who set up and managed my newsletter, my FB Author page, and Twitter.
I told Esther that my friend had told me there was a way I could fix it so when someone went to that website, they’d get immediately transferred to my main site. Esther explained that was called mapping. She helped me through that process, which entailed me connecting to GoDaddy which carries my Domain names. One of the recent GIANT moons
The process took several hours.
I believe we successfully completed the task. I’ll know for sure in 48 hours, when I’ll check marsharwest.com and see if it pops up to be my main site. I don’t want to get rid of marsharwest.com because someone looking me up might look me up that way first before placing author in front of my name.
Anyway, my hat’s off to Esther at WordPress. I appreciate the helper at GoDaddy, too, but never learned his name, and he didn’t have to deal with me for as long as Esther did. 😊
One of the top suggestions for a having a good blog says you should use pictures. I have none related to this subject. LOL I’m pretty sure they meant for the pictures to connect, but I hope you enjoy these random ones anyway.
Taken by 8 year old granddaughter Sarah. Isn’t is just gorgeous? Even if she hadn’t taken it, you gotta admit it’s a super shot.
Also, on Tuesday April 28, I posted on my Sisterhood of Suspense blog, talking mostly about how the editing process is going with TAINTED. Here’s the link for that post.
And can I just add that as I write this post on Wednesday afternoon, my computer is acting wonky. I keep getting the message: Word is not connecting. And when I try to pull up my regular sites like Facebook, or Sisterhood of Suspense above, I get the message: We’re sorry. We cannot find this site! Very polite and very annoying.
My guess is that the major lightening storm we had last night hurt my computer’s feelings even though I had turned it off.
I hope y’all are well, and staying safely in. Prayers for all those fighting the Covid 19 in what ever position they are. Love to hear from you.