The day has finally come! My site no longer reads “coming soon…” I think after 2 years “soon” is not quite the appropriate word to use. But “soon” has finally arrived and I am so relieved to finally be a Web Designer with a Website. You can find out more info here. Yes it has been a little embarrassing to not have had a website representing my business. I am always emphasizing to anyone who will listen that a website is the base of marketing your business, whether big or small, whether representing a personal or corporate brand. A website is the spoke of your marketing wheel and many paths of online advertisement, comments, tweets, Facebook posts lead back to more information on your site.
Why oh why did it take so darn long? 3 reasons really:
- I have been extremely busy with new requests coming in on a consistent basis and paid work comes first. This is a good thing, of course.
- My family, which includes 2 young high spirited girls, keeps me on my toes and very busy.
- The fear of failing…read on.
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~Elbert Hubbard
Ok the final reason needs some explanation. Building a website for your own business is really an overwhelming task and a little scary – that’s why small businesses come to me in the first place. Let me tell you, designing sites for other people is much easier than building one for myself. I am just too close to my own business and quite critical of my own work. Anyone else feel that way?
Building this site has been an emotional process as well because ideas have been running around in my head for several months about how I want this website to look and what I want it to say. Recently there have been many incidents that have pushed me to get my site up, especially meeting the wonderful team at Ovaleye Cloud Services and the people at https://stellarseo.com/link-building-services/ have inspired me to try new things including working with Connie Berg on the Random Acts of Kindness of Duvall website. They have inspired and supported me to move forward. The process has not been easy though. There have been several times I’ve wanted to throw in the towel due to my frustration at trying to get areas on my site to look just right when launched. I should know better – websites are a revolving process and are constantly being tweaked.
On the other hand, I am very excited to finally have a blogging platform to discuss my ideas and a place to test some of the latest web design/development trends – something I love to research. I also applied web design tactics of the best wholesale local websites. Also I no longer have to hesitate when handing out my cards or tell people my site is under construction. I no longer have to hold back commenting on social media pages or blog posts as a representative of my business. It’s time to BRING IT!
Good things are on the horizon, my friends. Please stay tuned. This site will constantly be changing and improving. I encourage you to sign up for future blog posts (see sidebar) because there will be some “good stuff” to come. My ideas for blog posts range from small business online marketing advice to new advances and techniques in website functionality, from basic tutorials in WordPress to “did you know?” improvements to your site. You may even find a few blog posts about my favorite online discoveries especially concerning kids.
Thanks to all who were patient with me over the years – those who came to my domain to find…well, not much. My appreciation especially extends to my husband who patiently dealt with my exhaustion and helped with the kids while I got this puppy off the ground. Ready…Set…Go!!
What do you think of the site so far? Please give me your suggestions.