Well I’m back! After a long <gulp> year and a half hiatus, I think I am ready to start blogging again. Hooray! So much has happened in that period, good and bad, its hard to know where to start.
For those of you who are new to this site, Welcome! If you are a return visitor, I want to say thanks so much for coming back. Really, thank you!
I will be making some long overdue revisions to the site, as you probably noticed, my photo galleries are not exactly accessible, thanks to a software conflict between the WordPress blogging platform (which is what I chose to use for my entire site) and the photo gallery platform I had used previously.
My big plan in the coming weeks is to get these photo gallery pages operational and more up to date so they reflect more current work. If you have been following my personal profile or Webb Pottery Page on Facebook, you probably have a bit of an idea of what has been going on here at the studio lately. There’s new work, new kilns, and generally, a bunch of change.
You may also follow me on Pinterest, and of course, Twitter. (That’s a lot of online stuff! No wonder I haven’t been blogging!) Anyways, I have a lot of revisions and tweaking ahead of me, obviously
In the meantime, I will leave you with a photo of one of the raku tiles we did for this year’s Grandman Triathlon which took place last weekend.
Raku tiles made for awards for this year’s Grandman Triathlon in Fairhope AL
(reposted from http://annewebb.wordpress.com ,,)
Sorry I’ve not been posting *to* my blog lately but I’ve actually been busy *with* my blog and website, working to integrate the two. The plan was to not only place them under the same URL umbrella but to give them both a consistent look.
I was going over my blog and web site last week, trying to come up with a plan of action of where I should start. I had already moved my original website over last fall to Bluehost (I took the plunge) in anticipation of the move to an integrated site, so that was done.
In the process of looking over my site and doing a little homework of looking at LOTS of other sites online, I ran a site optimization thingie through websitegrader.com to see just how far off I was from having a good site. Well.. there was lots lacking and having my web site and blog running independently on different sites (it didn’t matter that there were links on each to each other).
My meta tags were too long, I had no headings, my site wasn’t listed in places like http://www.dmoz.com or http://www.zoominfo.com, it couldn’t find my blog.. no RSS Feed.. and the list goes on. The final grade my site got was a dismal 27 out of 100. My blog faired quite a bit better, at 79/100, but it was still lacking in some areas. Interestingly, one of the things toward the end of the report that was a blaring X mark was: “blog found on a free domain” and had a link to this article Why a business blog should not be on Blogspot.com.
So anyways, my old web site is now officially gone and I have moved everything over to a hosted site using wordpress.org. There’s definitely still some tweaking to be done that I will hopefully be able to resolve the bulk of in the next few days, but I have to say, the tech support guys at Bluehost came through like champions to clarify and correct some tough loading issues I had this morning. Yay Bluehost!
My new blog URL is: http://www.webbpottery.com/blog . Come leave a comment! Hope to see you there!