Catch up on the series: Starting a Blog from Scratch, Week One
When we last wrote about how we’re starting a blog from scratch, things were smooth sailing. Everything looked like it was going according to plan. But, sometimes life (and the internet) throws us in a completely different direction. That’s why I’m glad Olivia and I are doing this together, because she might have given up hope by now.
See, she has a few other websites with a hosting company, and when she went to add her new site to her host, they said they couldn’t help her. In fact, her hosting account had been suspended because someone hacked into one of her other sites and was sending spam from her email account. They wouldn’t reinstate her until she had that fixed.
I can’t say I blame the hosting company, because spam is bad for everyone, but they didn’t offer her any help whatsoever. She gave me FTP access to her site, but I wasn’t able to help because malware throws me out of my depth. After she tried a few other things (some of which probably involved asking help from a higher power), she gave up on her host and asked Justin, Scott, and Jay from BigScoots to help.
Predictably, she was up and running with BigScoots in less than a day.
Many weeks have passed between weeks one and two, and I couldn’t remember which theme Olivia picked. I knew she’d be busy this time of year (because her whole family helps people who need it most around the holidays) so I went shopping for a theme and found one I liked: Gallery Pro from StudioPress:
Because designing logos and websites is something I do for fun (seriously, I can’t stop myself), I spent several hours in my happy place, making this:
I am following the process Anne and I set in On Your Mark, Get Set, Blog! but since I’m working with Olivia, I skipped the “set up your email address” and “set up your PayPal account” section and went straight into branding.
I love this color palette:
Because it’s fresh, clean, and slightly (but not too) feminine.
Now, since I haven’t talked to Olivia in about two weeks (not since she sent me the login instructions for the site!), I wait.
The “doing it together” process is fun. Really fun. And iterative. I want to help as much as possible but let Olivia feel that, at the end of this process, she has something that belongs solely to her.
Something she’ll be excited to write in, when she’s ready to tell her stories.
And trust me, we want her to tell her stories.
Stay tuned — as soon as we talk again, you’ll see another blog post here.