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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Testing, Testing …1, 2, 3

Testing, Testing …1, 2, 3

Five tattoos

I test out my ability to stick a picture in the post by using this cool photo my former teaching partner Adriane sent me of her students enjoying Eighth Day tattoos.

Welcome to my new blog/website!

First of all, I want to give credit to the creator, Denise Biondo of Biondo Studio. Β I would certainly recommend her for anyone wanting a professionally designed author site.

I’m a little sad about giving up In High Spirits — and I’m not taking that site down. It would break too many existing links. Plus I’ve got a lot of promotional materials with that blog URL printed on it. I’m just not going to post anything new there.

Another thing about In High Spirits: It has my blogroll on it. That’s my reading list and my guide to visiting YOUR blogs. Right now, I don’t know how to duplicate it on Word Press. I did some searching online, and found a plugin that claims to do the same thing. Then I read the directions for installation:

 

1. Download the flbrty thing and extract all the grfls.

2. Upload the flbrty thing, stick it in the WP directory, and all the grfls will be there even though you extracted them! It’s like magic!

3. Flip the activate switch, and a small universe will be created based on Javascript DNA.

4. Sit back and wait for minions to evolve and run your blogroll.

 

Or something like that anyway. Β Pretty much beyond my skill level.

So, I devoted the Memorial Day weekend to learning the parts of WordPress I could handle. Writing this post. Tweaking my other pages. Petting it and admiring the “shiny.”

How did you spend your weekend?

 

19 Responses to Testing, Testing …1, 2, 3

  1. Awesome new site. Congrats! I went to a cabin on the lake with friends yesterday. So much fun. Today I’ll be out in the yard and learning Powerpoint.

  2. mshatch says:

    I’ve added the new link to my blogroll πŸ™‚

    Oh, FYI – in order to comment I had to click on the date rather than the word comment.

  3. New blog found and added to Feedly!

  4. Tiana Smith says:

    Love the new look! I’ve always said that I’ll make the switch to WordPress one day, probably when I get an agent, but I might wait until I get a book deal. It’s just more expensive to maintain so it isn’t worth it to me yet.

    Just so you know, you can transfer your old blog posts to here (I didn’t check if you did that…) but then you can forward all the links so that all your old links will come here. That way you won’t have two separate sites out there if you don’t want them. And people going to your old site will be redirected here too.

    Here’s a tutorial: https://prettydarncute.com/2014/04/how-to-switch-from-blogger-to-wordpress-2/ (or you can always ask the person who designed your site to do it for you. It’s more complicated than even adding a widget πŸ™‚ ). This will save all the work you did in building up your old site and you won’t have any broken links.

    As for how to follow all your old blogs – I use Feedly and have loved it. It’s a great way to keep everything all in one place, whether the blogs you follow are on Blogger or not.

  5. DianneSalerni says:

    Sounds like I need to check out Feedly!

    I tried Digg Reader yesterday, but about 1/4 of the blogs I tried to enter wouldn’t load. They were all Blogger blogs, but they didn’t seem any different from the Blogger blogs that *were* loading, so I got frustrated and gave up.

  6. Robin says:

    I love the look of your new site. πŸ™‚

  7. Great new blog! It’s really fancy πŸ™‚ I’m adding it now, so I won’t miss it.

  8. Love the new site! Those instructions are very close to how I read techy stuff sometimes too πŸ™‚

  9. Southpaw says:

    Congrats on the new site. Looks good here. The only thing is this area where I’m typing right now is a really light gray text, so it’s a bit hard to see what I’m typing.

    • Southpaw says:

      Though it would be better to comment here. To change the text color should be easy in the css.

      media=”screen”
      input, textarea {
      background: #fff;
      border: 1px solid #AAA68B;
      color: #999;
      margin: 10px 0;
      padding: 7px 10px;

      The color #999 is the part that needs to be changed. Depending on the theme you use will depend on where you can change it. Most themes you have to change the style.css. If you go in there and search for the above and change the #999 to dark gray #4b4b4b- or black – #000000

      When there is a wordpress update or theme update you may need to change it again.
      Check to see if under ‘Appearance’ you have an option for the theme you use. For example, I use suffusion. Under suffusion options I have a backend > custom includes section where I can change code.

    • Southpaw says:

      Though it would be better to comment here. To change the text color should be easy in the css.

      media=”screen”
      input, textarea {
      background: #fff;
      border: 1px solid #AAA68B;
      color: #999;
      margin: 10px 0;
      padding: 7px 10px;

      The color #999 is the part that needs to be changed. Depending on the theme you use will depend on where you can change it. Most themes you have to change the style.css. If you go in there and search for the above and change the #999 to dark gray #4b4b4b- or black – #000000

      When there is a wordpress update or theme update you may need to change it again.
      Check to see if under ‘Appearance’ you have an option for the theme you use. For example, I use suffusion. Under suffusion options I have a backend > custom includes section where I can change code.

  10. The new site looks great! Very clean and modern. Now, to add it to my dahsboard — I was new to your other blog… πŸ™‚

  11. Hilary says:

    Hi Dianne .. well as I’m moving across sometime soon – I’ll have to keep this open and see other tips and tricks ..

    Good luck with all things new … I use Feedly – so now I’ll update that .. cheers for now .. and learning curve for us all … good luck – Hilary

  12. Very classy looking! It took me a couple minutes just to figure out how to post a darned comment, so I don’t think I’m ready to move up to something like this just yet.

    • DianneSalerni says:

      I hear ya, Susan! It beats me why you have to click on the blog title or the date to make a comment — instead of clicking on the words “12 comments.”

      Also beats me why I’m writing this reply in such a light blue color I can hardly see it. What’s up with that?

      Any WordPress experts willing to chime in? (light blue, you gotta go …)

  13. Tonja says:

    Love the site. Disregard my email. I had to click the title of the blog post to get to the page to leave the comment. Duh.

  14. Hi, Dianne….

    Very cool new blog! ALL the best! IT looks great!

    This weekend was pretty uneventful for me. At least it’s FINALLY warm here in Chicago! YAY!!!!

    Hope all is going well with book two!

    Michael

  15. Yay for the new website and blog. I’m not great with WordPress. I have a WordPress blog for my Ashelyn Drake persona but I don’t like it as much as Blogger. I love my website, but find it’s not blog friendly because there are too many steps to comment. So I just link the two.