I started the Geogypsy blog October 7, 2008 on blogspot while finishing my first season at Grand Canyon. Then on March 26th, 2012–my birthday BTW–after three gruesome months of setting up a new theme for Geogypsy officially launched my own WordPress domain. Have loved my Suffusion theme ever since but the developer will no longer keep updating and warned the theme will crash eventually. Moment of panic. Oh no, do I have to start over!?
My long time web mentor Karen said it would probably just require a few tweaks. Easy for her to say with her knowledge of HTML code. That acronym just makes me shudder. I’m an instant gratification, turn key ready kind of person. I looked over several themes, some free some not. Dang, I thought, with the ability to change colors, type, layout and all they seem relatively the same to me. They’re not.
I started blogging to fulfill my own dream of writing, getting published, and maybe even paid. The last hasn’t worked out but that’s OK because I’ve learned I’m writing for you more than me. I love to interpret places visited and share the experience. In addition, blogging has inspired me to become a better photographer.
Plus blogging has brought such joy meeting other bloggers virtually and in real time. We are writing his/herstory as we see it, our truths. Probably more real and reliable than any history book. Sharing the people, places and feelings we are surrounded by in life. I appreciate every one of you taking the time to read my drivel and your comments not only feed my ego but keep me sharing the stories and photos. Thank you!
There will be bugs to work out on this new theme and if you notice any please take a screen shot or let me know if a link isn’t working. I’m certainly not done making changes and am open to suggestions. It would be nice to create a Geogypsy logo but then I’m a cheapskate not willing to pay a designer what they’re worth. Maybe someday. I already put enough money out paying for domain, host and now theme with no financial return. I want my site to be crisp, clean, easy to read and navigate, inviting readers back. Everything I’ve learned in the last 6 1/2 years blogging says it’s all about content, which I hope I’ve been doing OK. But it does have to look nice too.
Blogging is like a fun job. This is post #1587. That’s 1587 mostly original titles to think of. Times 5-25 photos each time to process and perhaps millions of words. I’ll let someone who likes to do math figure that out. (Yogi?)
My mother called me a “drama queen” in youth, I’ve always had the gift of gab. I get paid to talk during the summers as an Interpretive Park Ranger. Blogging feels like an extension of that.
Thanks to each and ever one of you who bother to read and/or comment. Without you this blog would be nothing.
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