Welcome to the new cathyzielske.com If you’re here, you’ve found it. The tiger is out of its cage. Can I get a what what?
(Pauses. Waits for a what what. Thanks you silently.)
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The blog still functions as it always has. If you’ve been coming to my Typepad site for years, weeks, days or even just a few minutes, this blog will be the new stopping place for the same stuff you’ve come to expect. You’ll find posts about but not limited to: scrapbooking, my family, hot flashes, chub, exercise, how to do technical shit as it relates to memory keeping, therapy, marriage, music, food and quite possibly cat videos (if they’re funny like this one).
2. My site is now divided up into different pages with very clear purposes. You will find:
Home Page—Here’s where people will come if they just type in ‘cathyzielske.com’ and it will give them options on where to click next. If you Google search me, this should be the page you’re directed to.
About Cathy—It’s everything you already know and maybe some things you don’t. My old About Page was written in the third person. This one? It’s all from me to you in the first person. Imagine me reading it loudly, with a barely discernible Minnesota accent and clapping twice between each sentence.
Products—This page includes a video overview of CZ Design Digitals, plus descriptions and links. If you’d like to shop and support the Zielske collegiate fund, by all means, don’t let me stop you.
Classes—This page includes a video overview of CZ Design Classes and features all of my current classes, complete with class descriptions, video promos and links to register. As new classes launch, you will find the information here.
Blog—You know, the blog. That’s where you are reading this. Holla!
3. It’s kind of awesome.
And would you believe this only took six months to make?
A few other things to note:
There will be images that appear smaller in older posts. I have been blogging with Typepad since 2007 and have not decided if I will go back and replace all of the smaller images. I probably won’t, but you can always click on an image to see if it will appear larger in a floating window. Back in the Typepad days, I would often upload larger images with that in mind. Just know that yes, some of the images in older posts will appear smaller than the stuff in the new posts.
The new images are much bigger. 822 pixels wide, baby. Now that totally deserves a what what! That said, images that were posted before this present day may be a little blurrier depending on whether or not I’ve gone in and replaced them. Again, not sure if I’m going to have that all sorted out for a while—and I may never go back and fix them—but starting today they’re going to look pretty fabulous.
This site will look as good on your smart phone and tablet as it does here. Or at least it’s supposed to. It’s a responsive design so no more squinting or enlarging on your iPhone like you had to for my Typepad site.
There are things I’m still organizing and categorizing. I’m working to narrow down categories so things like Free Downloads and Tutorials will be easy to locate. It’s going to take a little time to get everything solid. I had 1,182 posts to transfer. I’ll be working on that.
I pared down my Categories. Part of simplifying meant letting go of categories like, “Dogs I Do Not Own.” But rest assured, the Search field is much more powerful on this WordPress site than it was on Typepad. If you still want to find posts I wrote about Chip the Dog, just type in “Chip the Dog.” CZ Life will cover pretty much everything from hot flashes to chub reduction to marriage counseling, and everything that would fall under the general category of my life. All other categories are self-explanatory. If you have time, check out Free Downloads. I had no idea there were so many posts with free stuff. I am working to tag all of my posts, as well. That’ll make searching for stuff even easier. If you ever can’t find something you really need, just visit my Contact Page and make the request.
There are a handful of other tweaks still in progress. I could have waited until everything was absolutely perfect but I wanted to get this show on the road. I won’t lie: this site feels like a baby that I’ve been growing for several months and I’m a little nervous about letting it out into the great big internet. I want to hold its hand as it crosses the street and make sure it wears a helmet. But it’s time to hit that launch button and exhale. There is no time like the present, right?
I will be sharing a series of posts about the decision to hire an outside company and what the process has been like. I know there are readers out there who blog as part of their business or possibly would like to. I’m happy to share my experience.
Again, thank you for your patience. Thank you for coming to read. I am so excited to have this clean and simple space in which to write and share.
A big thank you to the team at Big Deal Branding for their guidance, hard work and general bad-assery. Krysta, Caleb and Gary, I love you guys. And yes, I would marry you. Thank you for not wincing when you found out I was a middle-aged scrapbooker. #boom
A second thank you to my sponsors who’ve joined me in this new venture. Please consider checking out the ads on my sidebar. They support me in my business and I’m so happy to be able to support them back.