Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse

Oh look! I have a blog.

And a fine blog it is, too, though a bit errrm lifeless. But now, just in time for Holiday surfing... Zombie Blog lives! BwaHaHa.

Actually- and like any dead blogger worth his salt, I'm quoting Zombie Shakespeare, now- I come here not to raise Squishtoid, but to bury it. Though not for good. In fact as the blog-less weeks rolled by, I  wondered whether my approach to Squishtoid blog needed a re-think. Then I took an Internet Marketing for Artists seminar from the fine folks at Creative Capital, a very informative weekend that made me certain of it. 

What the fellow artists teaching the IFA seminar convinced me of was that I needed a website. One with (cue the scary soundtrack) ...a blog! So, and this will surprise no one who knows my penchant for over-complicating things, the reason I've ignored my blog is, I want to launch a website. 

To those more tech-savvy than I, this must undoubtedly seem like that moment when the heroine (me, I guess) runs headlong from her first frightening encounter with the first zombie ( blog, duh) and straight to the front door of the zombie hideout! She opens the door, and turning to make sure she's lost the zombie, actually BACKS into the room ( cue the screechy, warning buzzer-like portion of the soundtrack). Well, I think you get the idea. Talk about beating a (un) dead horse. 

Long story short, after a very busy Fall of shows and teaching workshops, I'm starting a website. 

The busy, working artists who presented the IFA seminar made a very good case for using Word Press, which is summarized briefly here. I don't know how long it will take, but I'll probably import this blog (yes, it can be done, I checked) and go live with the basic elements as soon as I can. I'll add some of the more complex elements as the long dark winter goes on, and hope to be fully functional by Spring.

I'm looking to have the basics -blog, profile, portfolio, and news/events; plus more complex features such as a shopping cart and embedded You Tube channel for printmaking videos. I'll keep you updated on the whole horror show here. They tell me any idiot can do it, though I'm definitely not just any idiot. Heh.

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