Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Geeking Out

GRIN has been getting a lot of attention lately, for some reasons I know and for some reasons I don't.  Normally, that news would make me smile.  People are thinking about my little 501(c)3.  I must be having some kind of an impact.  That is good.

But, the website was not good.  In fact, it was childish, puerile, kindergarten-like.... to perseverate a bit.  Go Daddy's website builder wasn't user friendly, at least as far as a semi-computer-literate 60-something year old found it.

I tried to update it, and made it worse.  I couldn't retrieve the original iteration.  I thought about calling the help line.  I thought about it a lot, often, whenever I thought of the website at all.  I did nothing about it.  The thought of dealing with the website gave me a stomach ache. 

I created a Facebook page, with just a little effort, and focused on that for making GRIN's presence known to the world.

Then, people started noticing GRIN.  The site went from 0 views per month to 4 or 5 each day.  The situation could no longer be ignored.  I reserved Saturday for the task; it was 3 o'clock before I sat down at the desk.  Neurasthenia, it's called - that tiredness you feel when you don't want to do something.  I was suffering until I couldn't stand myself.

I found my log in credentials easily and allowed myself a moment or two to revel in the joy of putting things back where I knew where to find them.  Of course, then I had to actually face the task.  I opened the website, clicked through the ad without looking, and tried to open the original website builder. 

The ad reappeared.  I read it.  It offered 30 days of free something or other.  I tried to get to the part of the site I remembered, but they really didn't want me to go there.  I took a deep breath, and accepted their free offer.

It was simple.  It was easy.  It was professional looking and stylish and, with a few minor glitches, exactly what I want it to be.  And, it was fun to use.  It took me longer than the promised website in an hour, but that was okay, too.  Like I said, it was fun.

I paused for dinner, closing the computer.  Reopening it that evening, I think I signed up for another 30 day free trial.  I have emails telling me about the wonderfulness of the deals I've agreed to.

That's an issue for another day.  Right now I'm reveling in the fact that I'm creating something all by myself.  I figured out how to upload GRIN related posts.  I have drop down menus. 

I'm proud.


  1. Very nice website! The art is good, as are the words. It's very intuitive to use. I think you could have a future as a web designer.

  2. Thanks for the link to your website. I haven't been visiting your blog for very long and it's nice to know some of the back story of why you do what you do.


Talk back to me! Word Verification is gone!