Today I'm working on re-purposing the Muse website. If you want to see how it currently looks (for comparison later) the address is at the right, or you can click the banner above. I love the name Maria the Muse as it really describes a lot about who I am so I want to keep using it. But since Law of Attraction is taking a back seat to other things, it's time to change things up a bit.
What's interesting to me is the thoughts and emotions I've been working through around this whole thing. Someone told me today I "think too much" and they're probably right. But thinking, pondering, and turning things over and over is what helps me better understand myself and since I'm all about that I guess I'll be doing it forever :)
Anyway, I have a lot of emotional attachment to Maria the Muse as it is today. I created that site over 4 years ago and I gotta tell you it was a lot of work! That's where I learned all about internet marketing, social media, squeeze pages, making audio files, mailing lists, auto-responders, Wordpress templates, creating e-products, and all the other technical stuff that goes into the nuts and bolts of all that. Plus there's so much of me personally in those blog posts, my newsletter and auto-responder series that I just don't want to let it go. And I also don't want to let down my over 850 loyal Monday Musing's readers, who rely on me for Law of Attraction advice and info. I mean some of them have been with me since the beginning... 5+ years is a long time (the newsletter started a year before the website).
But as I said yesterday, it's time to change gears and move on to other things. Well, not other things really so much as a broadening of what I do and how I approach the way I help people. But still the change is huge and rather daunting and I can't help but feel a sense of loss as I transition from one thing to the next.
One thing that I've been chewing on, and still not sure quite how to approach it, is how to preserve the LOA material on the new site. I want it to all be there and easy to find because it's helped so many people over the years. Also as a practical matter, I have tons of backlinks pointed to those pages and I don't want them to go dead all of a sudden. So I'm working on that. I'm also trying to decide what to do with the newsletter. Do I keep publishing it every Monday but just expand the subject matter? I mean I've been doing this for 5 years now and really, on LOA I've kind of run out of things to say. Or do I change the name and frequency, giving it a more free flowing feel? I want more freedom and flexibility in my life so perhaps that's the way to go. Just not sure. Oh, if you're subscribed I'll keep mailing as "Monday Musings" until I figure this out - won't leave you hanging :)
Also there is are a huge number of technical things that need to be changed and/or updated. Honestly it would have been easier to simply start a new website all together and just leave the Muse site as is. But I'm not starting over - I'm expanding so it feels better to re-purpose rather than begin again.
So today and this weekend is about putting the finishing touches on the new template, writing new copy and figuring out how to preserve the current info. Pretty big tasks I've set for myself!
Hopefully by Monday I'll have a shiny new site ready to be unveiled.... we shall see :)
Oh, a technical note: If you are trying to or want to get into this whole internet business thing then I'm happy to share what I've learned with you. No, I won't do it for you - my web-authoring days are over for everyone but myself - but I'll freely and happily share everything I've learned along the way. Also, my other website, www.MariaMeiners.com has articles on how I do things and what programs and services I use. I started that site to help people make sense of the online world and though I never finished it, I am leaving it there to help anyone who needs it.