This week will be a quick one, as I have been working my tail off making a few changes behind the scenes.  The good news is this should open up a lot of opportunities for both you and me, and I’m very excited to be finally rolling these out.  The bad news is you might experience a bit of digital dust as I get everything settled.

You might have noticed that my homepage has some fresh pictures!

What you might not have noticed is I have actually finally migrated my website to a self-hosted platform.  I understand this won’t mean much to most of you out there, but bottom line: it gives me a lot more flexibility with what I can offer on my site.

The one I’m most excited about is the introduction of an integrated store!  Check it out here.  As new pictures are added, you’ll notice links below, indicating images that are available for purchase.  I’m offering fine art prints and canvas, metal, and framed images.  There’s also the added bonus of free e-cards; have fun!  And for those who don’t know, I adopt monthly charities, and I donate 25% of all proceeds.  Read more about that here.

Now, aside from the exciting news, I also wanted to let you know that with a move like this, there will inevitably be a bit of growing pains.  I have done what I could to minimize the impact, and I do apologize if I’ve missed anything.

First, if you have visited my site before, you might notice a security alert upon returning with a cached URL.  Have no fear; this just means some certificates have changed on my site.  Hopefully you won’t encounter that, but if you do, clearing your browser history will fix it.  Also, make sure the URL is using “http” instead of “https.”

Secondly, you might find some images that no longer show.  I’m checking through all of my posts and fixing them as I find them, but feel free to let me know if I missed one.  I’ve been blogging for over two years now; that’s a lot of content to check!

Finally, if you follow from WordPress.com and if you aren’t already, I would encourage you to sign up for email alerts.  My posts will no longer appear in Reader to new readers, and this ensures you don’t miss out on anything.  You’re also welcome to sign up for my monthly newsletter, where I give sneak peeks at my upcoming adventures, provide special discounts on prints, and show you some behind-the-scenes on how I create my art.

This has been a long process, and it’s one I’ve been wanting to do for some time.  I truly appreciate all of you who follow my excursions, and thank you for your patience through this transition.  I’m excited to grow my site and provide better ways of sharing my adventures with you!

As one last carrot, I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be starting to host monthly photo challenges, and I’ll want your submissions!  Be sure to check in next week for all the details 🙂


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