I’m writing this blog as I’m trying out some do it yourself website builder sites. What I’m looking for in a dream site would be:
1) Gather and show my social media links (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc) in an informative (but not overwhelming way) so it looks great but adds value to someone if they come to visit my site. That means not too small and not too much, yep I want just right.
2) An easy way to blog and feature that blog the same size as the above links in #1 (why I’m trying Tumblr as it actually may be better to focus my blogging on an external social platform vs “owning” it on my site like I have for years with wordpress).
3) A great visual quick way for people to know about me. That isn’t hidden at the bottom of the page but also doesn’t distract too much from #1 and #2.
4) It has to point to come from my url.
Here are the sites I’m trying. I’ll add more as I try them:
I started off on the free version but quickly realized I needed to upgrade to try and see if this was the right platform. I paid the $20 a year fee to upgrade. It’s not extremely clear what all the features do, and the user experience is a little jumpy. Several clicks that should take you just one click, but I do like the look and feel. It solves #1 and if Tumblr works and pulls in well, it may solve #2 above. As for #3 they have placed the about at the bottom of the page, so once you add your social links and blog the about is so far down no one will see it. I tried several templates but none seemed to work for my goal of #3. I went to the forums and then found that there is simply no option to customize at all. It seems they’re very stuck to what they offer.
I love the team at RebelMouse so went to this site to see if this could help me with the above needs. I got a little overwhelmed signing up. I really don’t need to curate my content to one place and make my site the hub, I’d rather my site be the entry point and push out. I know this sounds weird and I may change my strategy after playing with RebelMouse more. I’m open to this platform being the right choice. I need to get my head around it a little further. For now I am moving back to Flavors.me and writing this blog so I can test that out and see if I like that look.
I tried about.me and before I could even see if it’d help me with any of my requirements it makes you sign in and set up an account. I logged in with Twitter, then entered my email address and got an error message. I left. Then to my surprise I got an email from the Co-Founder of about.me telling me that he appreciated my time and knows that you don’t just sign up for these things every day. Wow. I know it was a template email but it made me go back and try again. I got further this time, I saw examples of other sites and this feels more like a resume builder type site than what I need. I am impressed with them and their user out reach and I may even end up on this for a temporary fix to buy me some time until I work out what I need.
Off to press publish on this then see how it looks on Flavors.me! I’ll be back with an update. Thanks for looking at my first Tumblr blog!