It's Been Some Time.

Last Update: Aug 4, 2022

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So I haven't been on here lately. I don't even know if the same faces are here. If so, hi! If not, hi to the new (to me) faces!

I never left as a WA member, but when the pandemic hit, I just completely lost all motivation to work on my website.

There was just so much going on that I couldn't get it together.

What brought me back here is I recently started a new website. I consider it a passion project (a fan website for a band that I really like), and it made me remember how much fun it is to create websites!

When creating it, I discovered that I basically had to start over and relearn how to do everything again because I forgot. The good news is, all of it came back really quickly!

(Once you go through that WA training a few times, it sticks deep in your mind somewhere. You just need to pull it back out.)

Here's what's really great...

The website that I worked so hard on pre-pandemic is still getting traffic, clicks, and sales. Even though I've barely touched it in 2 years!

And now I'm motivated to dust that site off and get it going again.

I think things have changed in the past couple of years, so I'll need to get up-to-date on everything.

One positive thing is that I used to whine about the block editor in Wordpress because I was used to the old-school way of doing things.

Now, I LOVE the block editor. It makes everything SO EASY. It makes me think a 5-year old could put a website together. Why was I complaining? lol

Anyway, I just wanted to say hi. I don't know if I'll be on the membership site too much. I work in a school and we go back at the end of August, so my time will be more limited then.

Let me know what you've been up to the past couple of years. Having any success with your sites?

- Christina

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Hi Christina,
It is great you are back! :)

I remember you were doing some YouTube videos as well

May I add;
you should somehow find a way how to create videos related to your new project.

You are very photogenic and I am sure your audience will love your videos.

Youtube shorts might be a great way to start.

These are less than 1 min long and Youtube pushes these videos, so it is easy to get thousands of views within a few days.

Anyways, just a thought ;)

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Regarding my website - I have struggled for more than a year. I tried to create content on a regular basis... I guess I came up with about 100 articles in the last year but no positive effect on the traffic whatsoever.

However, in the last few weeks, I have noticed that it has gone up again (I believe due to Google Update concerning Product reviews).
So things will get better, I am sure!


Wishing you all the best with your new project and I believe you find time also after the holiday season.

Have a great one!
Mike
:)

Thanks for the tips, Mike! I've been out of the game for so long that I didn't really know that YouTube Shorts was a thing. (Although, I have seen some content creators do them. I just didn't know what they were.)

I hope your website gets the love it deserves. I know it can be tough to put all this work in and not have a lot to show for it. Much success to you!

- Christina

Hi Christina! It's so good to see you again! I just came back here myself last month after a year away and going on 2 years since I have been very active here or on my sites.

I experienced the same things you did. I was worried I wouldn't remember how to do everything but it comes back pretty fast and my sites are still chugging away even though I have abandoned them due to life and Covid (and the FCC, Amazon etc. threatening me for daring to write about covid).

Glad to have you back here too!
Jessica

Great to see you back too, Jessica! I'm happy that your sites are still hanging in there after a couple of years.

I had to look a few things up here at WA to remember what I was doing, but it does come back really fast (thankfully)!

- Christina

Hi Christina,

You probably don't know me but I left WA (but remained a member) at the end of 2017. I didn't really come back until this past March 2022. I moved my site from Host Gator to WA and started working hard on posting and Pinterest. Unfortunately, my website wasn't doing all that well when I left so I had to pretty much build it up from not much. It is improving but I have a long way to go.

I'm glad you came back and that you found your site was still doing well. That must be really great! Keep up the great work!

Barbara

Hey Barbara! I'm glad you ended up coming back and working on your site again. I hope it's very successful!

- Christina

Thanks, Christina! It sounds like yours is still successful and that is great!

Keep up the great work!

Barbara

Welcome back, Christina. Long time no see. I am glad you didn't leave WA. For a while, I was wondering where you have been. I am still an old face to you. I remember that before the pandemic hit, you struggled with SEO and that Google didn't like your site. So now that you have left it, you still got traffic, proving that aging sites gain traffic as an authority site. I am glad you found a way to build another site. I am still here in WA. I have had health issues as its chronic and not curable. I abandoned my old site and am now rebuilding it from the ground up. Just barely getting started.

For a while, I taught an online class called "Deaf Culture" in the American Sign Language Studies program for college students. I am unsure about the course coming up in three weeks for the Fall semester. It all depends if we get enough students to enroll.

Best Wishes to you for returning to your old site and building your website. This time I hope Google loves you.

Hey Brenda! I remember you well. :)

I'm sorry to hear about your health issues, but I'm happy to hear you're back to building your website. I hope that goes well for you.

That sounds like an interesting class that you taught. Hopefully, you get enough enrollees to teach it again!

- Christina

I can relate about having to relearn the basics. I'm glad I'm not the only one!
Barbara

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