Monday, July 12, 2010

Changing Things Up

I have been looking at other people’s websites and blogs for a long, long time. After months of deliberation, I am changing the look of everything. That means my website will be updated with a new look and some graphics as well as this blog.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love this sexy, sexy picture on this blog. But I want – no need – it to reflect me and how I think. I don’t know anything about programming, nor do I really want to any more. I mean, yeah, over twenty years ago, I started as a hacker and moved up to what they called a power user. A power user is similar to today’s beta testers. I knew a little about programming and a little about testing. I could wing my way through minor corrections and understand what I was seeing. My real talents, even now, consist of the fact I can break anything and I see the big picture.

The big picture this time is me and my web presence. I want something people enjoy coming to and seeing. After a full month of promoting and writing every day on this blog, interest has waned. I can take it a couple of ways: 1) I’m not writing things which are really that interesting, which means I need to change it up and 2) my blog and websites are ugly. My personal opinion is that they are a little of both.

For right now, I’ve looked at the fact that I love what I’ve seen on Wordpress but I’m basically a lazy person and don’t want to change what I have. This means I have to get someone or myself to do something in blogger similar to Wordpress and incorporate everything I want in it. I also would love everything to match my website, blogger, twitter, MySpace, Facebook and any other social network I belong to at the moment. I belong to a few more but someone else owns them and I can’t change them at all.

All in all, this is a big dilemma for me as change is hard on anyone let along a writer. So today, I took one of my lesser known blogs and looked into the new templates Blogger has. All I can say is OMG! I don’t know what I was waiting for as far as that goes. Wait a minute, I know exactly what I was waiting for, time...I wanted a day to devote to playing with it...but I decided when I lost twenty pounds I would revamp my weight loss blog. You can go see it at and I really shouldn’t say new. I’ve had the darn thing for almost three years as I try to win this battle. I might just do it this time...nope, wrong thing to say...I WILL make it this time.

So, let me ask you all a few questions: do you like erotic romance blogs to be plain? Do you like them with people? Or do you just want them to look nice and don’t care about the other graphics? See, I’m a widget gal and I just love the widgets on other people’s blogs. I’ve seen one with book covers and release dates, I’ve seen them where they track all my work-in-progress so you all know exactly where I’m at. What do you think would be cool in a blog?

Let me know...see you all tomorrow! And don’t forget to tell me about the new blog...I’d love your opinion!



  1. What I look for in a blog:

    1.Is it easy to read. Does the coloring hurt my eyes because if it does, I don't stay long.

    2. I love a colorful blog with pictures (romantic--not too explicit--I like to be teased. lol) and what's going on with the author is a plus. Also it's nice to know who is the author. Sometimes author's have guests and it's not clear whose blog it belongs to. I don't want to guess. I want to know.

    3. Well, of course it would help if the post is interesting. lol

    I hope that helps. My blog is a work in progress, but you're welcome to pop over and see what I've done to mine so far. I'm open to suggestions, too. :)

    By the way, Great post!

  2. I have to agree with Karen, I love our widgets Lynn.I think it's great when you get to know the Author as the woman/man they are as well as the writer. Make sense ? Nice colors always pull me in. I think everyone of your posts so far are very interesting, especially helpful for new writers. You give a lot of experience and info.
    can't think of anything else.
    Carol L.

  3. Personally, I like the links to books and release dates, and especially if there is a blurb from the book. Helps me to know whether I'm interesting in buying it.

    I like the pictures, but that's not why I'm here. I look for content and something new and interesting. Love to know about the author. Also love to hear from guest authors.

  4. Karen,

    Great points and all very, very true.

    Blogs should be easy on the eyes and I'm like you, I love color.

    Yup, sometimes I wonder whose blog it really is...LOL! You have to have something of yourself on it, otherwise why give it your name.

    Posts do have to be interesting. This is the hardest thing for me to judge. What's interesting to one just isn't interesting to another.

    And I love the colors on your blog and the background is wonderful. I so understand about things being a work-in-progress. It all takes time.

    THanks for stopping by!


  5. Carol,

    Thanks for the compliment about the posts. I really try to offer a variety but it's hard sometimes. LOL!

    Karen does have some great points...doesn't she?

    Thanks for dropping by today. It was good to see you!


  6. Diane,

    Good point. I'm not sure I have my books linked to anything. I'll have to remember that for the new iteration.

    I do like to have the occasional guest author and have put out the call to get a few more. It will give me some relief as well. LOL!

    Thanks for dropping by!