Okay, I won’t use WordPress to design my website. Too complex.
Weebly, Wix and IM Creator are the website builders I am considering, all with many users and support and free options, including hosting.
I am tending towards Weebly. It is cloud based, which seems to be an advantage. Drag and drop design. HTML5, although not of use to me, I won’t code. Allows embedding of video, which I want. Good full length title and tagging, unlike IM Creator.
Start from a blank sheet, which I want, or templates if you want to copy someone else.
SEO and all that.
Ease of use. Design your own website just as you want it in an hour or so. And publish.
They all have paid options with more features. The free ones put their own name into your webname and have some other disadvantages.
Not a lot to choose between them. There are lots of these programs out there.
With Weebly and IM Creator you can design first then publish or have hosted, in that order, the best way.
Weebly is responsive, as they call it, its output suits all devices, laptops, ipads, mobiles and desktops, in a better way than IM Creator.
IM Creator will display the output as on those other devices, I don’t know if Weebly does. That’s icing on the cake.
2nd April, 2017
Don’t worry, I’m there, or at least here, if only for the beer.
Be of good cheer.
I’m the good guy, I will save you before I die.
And you said there are no good guys, get wise.
I am an overgrown teenager, the lone ranger.
Idealism is unrealistic but is not dead.
Reality to the rescue when I get out of bed.
I sleep, I dream, I fantasise.
An end to lies.
In the morning I wake.
27th March, 2017
24th March, 2017
Lorcan and Teresa and Liz,
First of all, apologies for being late with your Christmas presents but better late than never. I got mixed up with the calendar. To make up for it I now give the best present anyone ever got in the world, me forever!
Yes, Michael Jackson is dead, a replacement was needed so I fill the gap. Here on CD for each of you to treasure and keep is a valuable heirloom, me on CD! Can you believe your eyes and ears! How can you be so lucky?
Some of these I recorded last year when I was a young man of 75, now 76 going on 100. Boy bands get out of the way! The real thing is here. Memories are made of this. It is possible to set a cd player to play on repeat for ever and ever until it wears out. Have spare players ready.
I put a film on the internet at https://tinyurl.com/GreatIrishSongs so as not to disappoint those unfortunate enough not to own a copy of this CD, Great Irish Songs, I’m very thoughtful that way.
Bob Dylan turned down the Nobel prize after hearing about Great Irish Songs, and I don’t blame him. I would in his place.
Well, I like it anyway. As you may have gathered.
And you thought you got rid of me! No such luck. A bad penny always turns up. Don’t cry when you play it. Why get tears in your beer? You could always buy a poster of me to put on your wall. Or join my fan club. If I had one. That will surely come. Stranger things have happened, or have they?
This CD is the perfect gift for the man or woman who has everything, so I give it to you. Boy, will the neighbours be jealous!
You don’t get rid of me so easy. I’m here to stay. I have staying power. And that voice! Singers all over the world will take early retirement, how can they compete? They can’t. They can hang up their rock and roll shoes. The real thing is here.
Spoken highly of in the advertisements. Accept no substitute. Life is worth living! Etcetera, etcetera. And so on and so on.
Anyway, I like it. If this is a hit I might make more. You have been warned. As Al Jolson said, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
It’ll have to do to be going on with. Its better than nothing. How much better? Play it and see. Best wishes,
David (Tich) Ennis
24th March, 2017
21st March, 2017
Should I have a website and if so why? For what? More learning for me. If I tried to make one. I suppose I could sell my cd as a download from it, if anyone ever wants to buy it.
The burning question is what am l, what do I want, what do I do, what am I for? That’s a lot of questions. I write and recently have taken up singing. There’s no such thing as a free lunch and no such thing as a free drink. If no one wants my stuff, even for nothing, then they certainly won’t pay for it. Why have a website?
If you were me what would you do, commit suicide? Well you aren’t, lucky you. Lucky me too.
Some Irish girl writer used everything, Twitter, Facebook, the lot to publicise her writing, sold first on the internet as a download from the various outlets and is now published on paper by a real publisher. No, not 40 Shades of Grey, some other stuff. She wrote a book about self publishing, which she called self printing, meaning print on demand. As well as selling digitally.
I have some followers on my blog, probably not 70, people who have nothing better to do, as a friend said.
WordPress allows a person to have a free website. Should I even consider it? I am an old schoolboy. Learning isn’t my thing. I like to see a use in a thing. Geometry, why? Unless you want to be a geometrician.
What are the pros and cons? For and against? Which side are you on?
As my fellow writer Shakespeare would say, to website or not to website, that is the question.
What is a website for?
To be on every available form of social media if no one is interested is to be all dressed up with nowhere to go. The dotcom boom was a bubble. I don’t believe in magic.
No one knows I write.
Why not sing?
20th March, 2017
I intend to sell or have offered for sale my homemade cd, as a digital download, using cdbaby, one of several sets of middlemen who get this sort of stuff onto iTunes and Spotify etc. worldwide, tunecore are the other most favoured and fully featured people in that area.
I more or less never did anything like this before. As to publicity, I intend to make a YouTube channel called Great Irish Songs but that will take some time. So when I find out how, if possible and if I am capable of doing it, I would go ahead with cdbaby getting the songs out there with no publicity at all except a mention on my blog. This is probably not the right thing to do, putting the cart before the horse as you might say.
I thought I would tell you my plan of action to see if you have any comments. People who have my cd in physical form keep it in their cars and say they like it a lot. Less than ten made so far and distributed, one shop will stock it in Wicklow town and one in Arklow here. Another possibly in Gorey, that remains to be seen.
I will as usual make up my own mind but am open to suggestion,
I am the singer not the song(s),
The radio is still a great platform – contact some DJ’s and see if they will play it…Local ones would be more responsive, especially if they have a trad. slant. What about touring some music festivals and gigging in your local pubs, especially those that host tourists. Have a box of cd’s ready to sell… Start local, think big.
That sounds like a worthwhile use of your time.
I would say starting with a physical CD would be a good start. It’s not an area that I have a lot of experience with, but my guess is that that would get the show on the road, after which, making them available digitally should be relatively straightforward.
When I told a sister of mine I made a cd of me singing she said “You dope!”. I said to a friend relatives usually think you are rubbish. Could they be right?
7th March, 2017