And so I’ve done it! At the risk of having someone point out some sneaky glitch that may have craftily escaped my careful and meticulous attention – which would be most helpful, by the way – Romantic Shorts is once again up and running at full speed. Updated, linked, and cobwebs removed, it’s all set to begin again.
The relief is beyond satisfying. The sense of accomplishment is quite gratifying. And my overall impression of the quality of the site is much higher that I remember it being previously. Reading page after page, story after story, with the fresh eyes of a long break and a stronger soul, I’m feeling very proud of all of us! We’re really building something quite remarkable. Yay us!!
Now, finally, it’s time to brew the coffee, pull out the favourite blanket, and spend the rest of the winter reading through manuscripts. I’ll be starting from the bottom of the pile. Some are woefully neglected, and I’m fighting some serious remorse and guilt over that. Their authors deserve recognition of both their talents and their patience; I’ll be trying to set that straight with them as I go. With the great luck I’ve come to expect, their stories will all be of the best quality, and I’ll at least be able to hide my shortcomings behind some good news!
First, just a couple more cartwheels. Then off to work!!
Through my efforts to get Romantic Shorts back on track, I looked into installing a new theme for the site, and tried one I found at themeisle.com
After all was said and done, I decided to stick with WordPress’s Twenty Eleven for now, but not before having a few interesting conversations with the customer service reps at Theme Isle.
Just wanted to pass along my thanks for their help, and shout out kudos on the excellent customer service I received from everyone I dealt with. Working online, and with companies you often have to take at their word, you never really know what you’re getting. Ionut, Alexandra, and Madalin were each and all of great assistance and were a pleasure to work with.
Down the road, as I opt to renovate – and you know how I love to change things up regularly – I’ll definitely be going back to Theme Isle first.
Thanks Isle Pirates!
Ah ha ha!! Leaps and bounds this week! Pride almost restored…
So I found a web guy. Paul. Very professional. Very serious. Very awesome at what he does! He’s managed to fix all my technical issues and left me basically where I had hoped to be in the first place, with a few extra little goodies on the side.
I, now, must go back through every page, link, and post to make sure everything is as up-to-date as possible, fix/replace a few things – number one being the contact form to be able to submit manuscripts!! – and then we’re off to the races. This will be some serious nit-picking through what turns out to be about 100 pages of Romantic Shorts stuff; but I live for that kind of thing. Will keep you posted as I come up for air every once in a while.
I am starting to feel productive again. And it feels wonderful!!