A few nights ago, I decided to make a few changes to my website. Nothing major. Just some adjustments to the site design itself. It was at that time that I learned it would involve more than anticipated.
Why? It started with a "simple" acquisition. Square acquired Weebly in 2018. What is the obvious thing that happens when one company acquires another? Change. Sure, reflecting back, I now remember seeing a customer memo about Square. I remember thinking that it was cool...because change is good. But somewhere in between now and then, I forgot about the memo. Oh, and there was also a communique that I totally missed altogether. Maybe it went to spam. Who knows. Anyway, Square offered a $75 gift card to any and all who paired their Weebly account(s) with Square upon final completion of the company merger. Missing out on any free gift card is like receiving socks for Christmas. Yes, I realize that the money incentive has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m trying to convey here.
Rambling back to the point, I still felt compelled to make deeper changes to the website itself. Now I had a "simple" choice to make. To go or not to go? That was indeed the question. I've built websites with Weebly since 2011. Older followers might remember Little Grasshopper and Smile It’s All Good. Being loyal and all that, I stayed. For what I require most, Weebly is still Weebly. But in order to stay, Everything Unscripted had to merge with a Square design, as all Weebly templates were rendered obsolete post-merger. Irony: the best fit is a Square wedding template design. Wedding. Merge. Get it?
It matters to me that Everything Unscripted not lose the heart of what I've invested in it all these years so I take great pleasure in saying that the merge was a success! Getting there, however, was a very fast (and now funny) ordeal because while still auditing the upgraded unpublished pages (sometime around 1-ish the morning of the 18th), I hit the "publish" button.
<Insert dramatic sigh and eye roll here>
Everything Unscripted didn't have the nice official clean intro to the world that it deserved. Rather, it was presented as is like a magician's slight of hand. I worked feverishly that morning (chocolate and coffee in hand) to make sure the new look measured up to my personal expectations. There are some things I can't easily change, e.g., subtle view/site function differences in the top 5 browsers, site presentation according to device (desktop, tablet, smartphone), aspects of the blog and so on. However, it is very easy to work with and there are some new awesome features that I didn’t have access to before. When something is more good than bad, I’d like to think it’s worth keeping.
So here she is in all her glory. I’d love to know what you think of the new and improved Everything Unscripted. All feedback is welcome…including the not so nice stuff. According to my birth record, I’m an adult so I should be able to take a little criticism without firing back. :-)
You know how to reach me. In person is always most effective but in the age of COVID, other ways are more than fine, too.
PS: Hugs and happy thoughts to all who read this. I appreciate each and every one of you. :-)
Two people who are dear to me--Andy and Sunbo--recommended that I join Flickr as one way to get current pix of my family circle and showcase my photography. I appreciate the recommendation...they were right! Even if COVID didn't exist, the miles between family (and friends) does, so this is a nice way to keep in touch.
To establish my account.
What to do...
What to do...
Scrolling through a never-ending feed of amazing high quality pictures seemed like the perfect thing to spark my creativity. Something that would help me organize my own account features.
Everything was fine until it wasn't.
I got slammed with an overwhelmingly negative sense of self. Sort of like swimming in the ocean on a bright sunshiny day only to be sucked into an unexpected RIP current. Fortunately, I've been trained in how to survive a RIP current. When I realized I was being pulled under, I swam parallel to safer waters and then populated my Flickr account with pix as if scattering seashells along the beach. :-)
So what was my mistake? Comparing my skills and abilities to others. We're individuals. Yes, we have similarities, but we have differences, too. There is no one like us. God created us this way.
One of you.
One of me.
One of Simon in the tree.
(cheesy, but it rhymes so don't hate)
We're our own worst critics. We've done that at least once. And we'll probably do it again. Why? Because we're human. Celebrate individuality and differences and appreciate those similarities. It's good for your peace of mind. And also, you never know how just being you can have an effect on others.
Or maybe you do. :-)
PS: You can easily link to my Flickr account by visiting the footer of any EverythingUnscripted page.
Fresh. New. Photography.
YES I've updated my Photography tab (located under the My Art section). There are two categories now: Nature and Where I Want To Be. Both sections have an intended range of color, emotion and natural beauty that I hope you enjoy. The Where I Want To Be section is indeed the former Photography tab. However, some of the pictures have been updated.
Welcome, continued followers and newbies. I'm so glad that you are here! Thank you for your patience. The website upgrade took an amazing amount of time. But anything worthwhile takes time. Right? Right.
I believe in change. Sure, it can be a 4-letter word at times, however, it can also provide a wealth of opportunities and challenges. In this case, it's all good. The former version of this website had to change because it wasn't realizing its full potential. Much like many humans who walk God's green earth. Myself included.
What are the new and/or revised pages and subpages?
This is a place where all who visit should feel comfortable, welcome, loved and not judged. So...welcome, friend.
Please feel free to contact me should you have questions, comments, criticisms...or just want to say hi. Interested in being a guest blogger? See any incorrect information and want to let me know? Then let me know! ALL communications are important to me, so I'd love to hear from you.
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