Learning about Landing Pages

All of you website gurus have this trick already in your bag. I, instead, am at the beginning of this particular learning curve.

But I just read some interesting tidbits from a man whose blog I follow. I really enjoy Joel Friedlander’s words of wisdom and encouragement on The Book Designer, and recently Joel talked about landing pages.

What, I wondered, were these? (You see how far behind I lag?) Joel and his guest proceeded to tell me.

And being a hands-on learner, I decided to see if I could create one that worked.

Would you take a look and let me know what you think? All you have to do is click HERE.

Or click on the Page Tab above that’s called HOME.

Will you do that and let me know? After all, that’s how I’ll learn and get it right!


Gulls in San Carlos Dec 2009Coming in for a landing–and aiming at Sea Venture (taken San Carlos, MX) 2010

New Website–Yippee!

Reeling from sticker shock a few days ago when a lovely web designer sent me a quote for design and maintenance of a website, I got busy.

No, that’s wrong. I’ve been busy. If you’ve visited here at all in the last months, you will have seen various incarnations of the blog, themes  I’ve tried and tossed. A number of those cost a bit, too, and a couple of the theme developers even tried to help me figure things out. Of course, they did so using language that had me feeling antiquated and useless: I hadn’t a clue what their words meant or how to implement them, nor did I have the energy to take this aging body off to computer-lingo school.


Finally, finally I found a drop and drag template that lets me do anything I want and do it visually. I’m a visual learner, so these folk had me right there when they suggested I come in, take any of their designs, and play for free. A day later, I had something that I like — finally.

Here’s the screen shot of the home page in edit mode. See those cute little thingies up on the left? All I have to do is click on one of those and options appear. Lots of options. I can change the look of every single piece of the puzzle. But isn’t that background gorgeous?

I’d be very grateful if you’d pop over to see it and, if you like it, say so by clicking on that little button you see there. You know, the one with that big “0” next to it? Just so I know that I’m not designing in a void.

I moved my domain to that site: normandiefischer.com

I kept another one for this: writingonboard.com

So, if you could keep those in mind, I’d be grateful, though you can navigate from there to here and from here to there easily enough.

Oh, and if you find any gaffes, do drop me an email. Any of my proofreaders know I grow a bit blind sometimes.