Book Host has launched!
As some of you may know already, earlier this week I officially launched Book Host, my managed WordPress hosting for book bloggers! I’m also offering 30 FREE migrations from anywhere (Blogger, WordPress.com, or another WordPress.org host) to Book Host! As of right now, there are 16 free migrations left, so hurry up and snag one before they all go. 😉
So far things are going really well! I just need to double my current amount of clients so I can start breaking even on those pesky server costs! But since I’ve gained half the clients I need in less than a week, I’m hopeful that I can double that amount within a month. Fingers crossed!
I’m now selling unique pre-made themes
For over a year now I’ve been selling pre-made WordPress themes on Creative Whim. These themes are cheap because I can sell them multiple times. But now I’m offering a new kind of service: unique pre-made themes. These themes are already made, but they’re only sold ONCE! They are also customized to incorporate your blog name, tag line, and you can request a few other tweaks as well. Right now I only have 4 up for sale, but I’m planning on making a lot more!
You may recognize two of the designs from my last post. 😉
The Winning Nose Graze Theme
It’s not official yet, but following my plea to help pick the new Nose Graze design, I think I have a winner. I have started coding the “GIRL WITH BUTTERFLIES” design!
Of course, after coding like 90% of the theme, I realized that my “Ask Me a Question” feature didn’t work with it, due to conflicting Bootstrap versions. So, I then spent an entire day coding the plugin from scratch. I bought the plugin I have on my site now, but I decided to re-code it myself instead of trying to edit the existing plugin to make it work with my new theme. I’m definitely glad I did that, because I was able to iron out a few kinks that always bugged me. So it’s going to be a lot better and more reliable! I may even sell it as a plugin of my own some day… MAYBE! 😛
I’m still not 100% decided if I’m actually going to use this new theme, but it helps for me to code it up and picture it being my site. I also have a complete copy of Nose Graze in my development environment where I’m coding the theme, so it actually looks totally real. It’s cool, and sometimes I get confused in the admin panel because I think I’m on my real blog. AWKWARD.
Some changes may be coming
As I’ve been coding a new Nose Graze theme, I’ve had a few ideas about my blog. I think I’m going to be changing up Stacking the Shelves. I’ve noticed that I’ve been doing fewer and fewer of them. Instead of Stacking the Shelves, I might do a more general kind of “wrap up” post instead. It won’t be anything formal, like wrapping up all the posts/books from that week. Instead I’m thinking of more of a general, “Here’s what’s on my mind” kind of post, which will include new books when I get them, but doesn’t have to include them.
It’s still kind of a weird idea in my head, but I HAVE BIG PLANS FOR IT! Actually, this post right now is a perfect example of what I have in mind. I didn’t get any new books this week, but this post is just kind of a big Here’s what’s been going on sort of wrap-up. Sometimes they may be big announcements, and other times they may be stupid little things. We’ll see.
Oh, and FYI…
Coding God and I are getting legally married ON MONDAY. Yes, on St. Patrick’s Day! We’re having our big wedding celebration in July (in Italy), but we’re doing the legal bits beforehand in a registry office. (For many reasons, one of which is convenience, because if we were to do it in Italy, we’d HAVE to do in the town hall, and we’d have to get translators for the documents…. yuck.)
Anyway, it’s very exciting! But we’re also trying not to make a big deal out of it, because we want to save all the super duper excitement for the July celebration. 🙂