The new year will be upon us in a day or two and with the dawn of a fresh, new, squeaky clean slate, comes the realization that we actually have to work for our successes! That being the case with my Noreen's Kitchen website. I was notified by my website hosting company that they would be phasing out the current website builder that I have been using for the last three years and that I would have to begin using the new and improved version. Why can't things be easy? I can't simply migrate the over 300 pages that I have already published to the new version, I have to put my current website into a holding pattern while I rebuild it in the newer version of their builder. Messy, messy, messy! What a phenomenal waste of my time, you might say, if it were you and I would tend to agree. However I cannot change how this is going to work and since they didn't ask me first, I will simply have to acquiesce and deal with it in my own way.
The way we will be dealing with this is that I will be rebuilding Noreen's Kitchen website from the ground up. I will be hopefully going back through my YouTube videos and posting all the recipes I have done videos for so that you can refer at any given time to make the recipes that I have demonstrated. I have wanted to do this for a while, but simply could not find the time. Now I have no choice. I have also wanted to revamp the visual and graphic aspects of the website and make it more pleasing to the eye and streamlined. I am hoping that I can achieve that as well and make your experience while visiting very pleasant and make you want to come back on a regular basis! All these things are positive approaches and the changes will, no doubt be positive as well. I have learned a lot over the last 5 years of having my channel and 3 years of my website and I am going to implement the things I have wanted, to make everything easier to deal with.
All of this is going to take time. I estimate, if I really work hard at it, and still keep up with my channel uploads, it will take me between 6 and 8 weeks to totally revamp the site from start to finish. I ask patience from all of you who rely on the site to download and print my recipes. No worries, though, the current version of the site will remain the same until the new version is available to be published. You will still be able to access the site for printing out your favorite recipes until the new site is done.
Please sign up for email notifications through this blog and you will get an email each time I upload and post a new entry and/or recipe. All of this is part of my goals for the new year. One of which was to post a blog entry to coordinate with my video upload as well as post the recipe on my website and pay more attention to all my other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram. In time I will get a good schedule going and a checklist.
In the last year, I have learned a lot. As many of you know, I left a mainstream job about a year ago when my boss was elected as a judge and my office closed. My husband Rick and I decided to try making my YouTube channel, website and blog our business. So far it is working and we see great things in our future, but we know we cannot rest on our laurels and we have to keep working very hard to get where we want to go. We have you to thank for our continued success. Without your support, feedback and love, we would definitely not be as successful as we have been and hope to be in the future!
It is our hope that you stick with us through this transition, which should be relatively painless. Just look here on this blog for recipe posts. I am uncertain if I can post PDFs, but I will find that out in good time. If not, you will have to copy and paste for a short period of time.
Thanks in advance for your understanding, continued support and constant participation in making our online community a wonderful place to be!