Official website launch

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I’ve been faffing and messing with it for a couple of weeks, but now, with the start of the new year upon us, I’d like to officially launch the new website.

I had a website a long time ago, long before the blog and even longer before Facebook.

Then these new, easy-to-use social networking resources came onto the scene.

Then I got a “proper job” for a while, and the hard-to-update website slipped further and further down the list of priorities.

Now I’ve relaunched the freelance career I think I need the website again, and now they’re easier to update the only barrier was cost. But part of my Christmas present from my parents resolved that issue. (Thank you!)

I know you’ve been bobbing along to have a look, but if you get the time do take a look at the new features and let me know if you think it needs anything more. Personally I’d like to add news, contests and maybe writing tips or markets, but I think there’s a danger of having too many pages to open.

There is a page for the blog, which I think every website has now, and there’s a page for the gig list, which does supply a percentage of my work. I’m wondering if merchandise and books can go together, though. And should the books for sale be on the home page or should it be about me?

Generally, however, I’m happy with the current content and don’t want to be tweaking it too often. It does need something on there, though, to keep people coming back.

It’s hitting Google and other search engines now, thanks to everyone who followed the links before. It should have taken 1 – 3 months, but the link-followers helped get it up there a fortnight after it launched with the dianeparkin domain name.

So, just in case you haven’t got it yet, the link’s here. Please bookmark it and visit it whenever you’re twiddling your thumbs to keep it at the top of the search engines, and do let me have any feedback. Thank you.

Today’s to-do

The new to-do list actually started yesterday with some things, but the rest start with a vengeance today. I’ve already done my morning yoga workout, surfed the job boards, bid for 4 jobs – 2 of them invited – entered the daily competitions and (shortly) written the blog. (TICK, TICK, TICK, TICK, TICK.)

I still have the gig list to update for January, which will take some time, today’s 2-hour writing session (including 15 minutes free-writing), the dog to walk, any filing and shredding that needs doing by the end of the day (or I’ll start on the backlog pile if there isn’t any), and a choice of jobs to crack on with. I have 2 proof-reading jobs in plus some electronic amendments to do on another.

This evening, if I have any energy left, I have my first high-impact workout to do.

What’s on your to-do list today?

10 thoughts on “Official website launch

  1. Josie 2 January 2013 / 12:31 pm

    looks good, personally I’d keep Books separate from ‘about me’ , maybe put ‘books’ and ‘ merchandise’ together under ‘shop’ ?
    Josie x


    • Diane 2 January 2013 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you. But would you have the books on the home page or the about me on the home page?


  2. Josie 2 January 2013 / 4:02 pm

    about me on the home page


    • Diane 3 January 2013 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you. x


  3. Melissa Marsh 2 January 2013 / 5:17 pm

    Looks great, Diane!
    To-do list: get back to writing the novel tonight. 🙂


    • Diane 3 January 2013 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks! And good luck! 🙂


  4. Elizabeth Ducie 2 January 2013 / 6:05 pm

    Looking really good, Diane. Makes me realise I need to sort my own out. I would agree that books and merchandise could go on same page.


    • Diane 3 January 2013 / 2:14 pm

      Thank you. I like to freshen things up every so often so they don’t get too samey, but if I like something, I leave it as it is for longer.


    • Diane 4 January 2013 / 4:43 pm

      Awe, thank you. I’ll try to remember to do this one day next week.


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