Given my complete lack of even the most rudimentary computer skilz, I knew I’d need help transferring the blog over to WordPress, and that’s all I thought I could afford. As far as a redesign and update I knew I needed, I thought it would have to wait. But then I found the exceptionally patient, kind and funny Kelly and Jen of Tribal Blogs.
One back-and-forth round of email later, I signed up for an Extreme Blog Makeover.
I’m now on WordPress, I have a new avatar (and yes, of course I still think of seven foot tall blue-skinned 3D people when I hear that word,) I have social media buttons, plugins (which apparently aren’t sex toys; who knew?) and my SEO is supposed to be better now.
No, I didn’t even know it was sick.
They did so much work for me for the measly $300 cost of the makeover that I question their sanity. But wait; there’s more. If you want to hire them, they will give you a 20% discount. I’m good at the maths — that’s $240 — and look at what’s included.
Frankly, I’m sure the idiotic questions I asked and the fact that they didn’t laugh at me (within earshot) were worth what I spent. Yet they also did design work (many iterations), set up extra pages, got me on facebook, solved the mystery of the mysterious floating head, talked me through a technical procedure on the phone (like an air-traffic controller helping a chimp land a 747), transferred over all my old posts, and did myriad other acronym-laden tech-y things I don’t even know about. On top of that, I had a blast.
So if anyone out there is looking for a new design, a switchover to WordPress, or any of the other services they provide, I give them my highest recommendation.
PS: Ty Pennington scares me.