Job Done

It has been a busy Christmas.  But not for the reasons that you might think.

Some people know that I’m involved in my local community.  Well, two jobs came up over the past few months.

The first was planned.  Put together a newsletter for the community.  Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  Well, maybe not.  Try and get information from a load of different community organisations.  I got emails, word documents, and handwritten bits.  Printed and emailed photos.

So the task became one of editing and trying to create some consistency from all the formats that came in.  (I will, however, admit to being frustrated at trying to edit some very long articles!)  Eventually, near mid-December, I finished, and passed it onto a friend of mine, Rita Scannell for design.

At this point, it’s amazing to find out how many things you missed!  Rita chased me for the nitty-gritty, and she did a lot of legwork in tracking down names, logos, and turning my basic word document into something lovely.  And today I got 1,000 copies of the finished document, and we will be passing it out to the community over the next 2 weeks.

I’ll edit and add a link to a pdf of it later.  In the meantime, if you want to see the constituent elements, you can click here.

And that brings me nicely to the BIG task over the past few weeks.  Building a website.

Near the end of October, we lost our community website.  Gone.  Kaput.  Disappeared.  And worse, I had no backup file of the whole thing.

So, it was time for a fresh start.  I managed to get a new host for the site, and started trying to find all the source information that I just know I had 2 years ago…

Eventually, I found most of the stuff, and settled on WordPress as my site builder.  Luckily, the weather for the holidays was terrible, so I was able to spend plenty of time at the computer putting it (back) together.

Yesterday, I got the theme, and spend a few hours re-adjusting the pages.  I’m happy with the final result.  The only setback is that I need to get some more images loaded onto it.  It’s a little text-heavy.

On the bright side, we have a new site, and I think it has a very clean look.

Have a look, hope you enjoy!

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