This post is a continuation of the story of how Wisdom and Righteousness began. If you missed the first part, you can find it HERE.
When we left off last time, I mentioned how the random product buttons and descriptions on my original blogging site started to make it difficult for people to find what they were looking for. After all, a standard blog isn’t really set up to sell products. I was spending a lot of time answering emails to try to help people find what they were looking for. As the time requirements mounted, I decided it was time to launch a full-functionality website. The only problem was, I had no experience at the time with website design. But I did have the “tools of learning” the Classical Conversations Program was teaching our family….
In the year prior to my decision to move towards a fully-functional website, I had attended a Christian Bloggers Conference. A few of the breakout sessions there talked briefly about website design, and I still had the audio files from the conference. I listened to those seminars again for additional insight, and then decided to just go ahead and try building the site myself. I basically didn’t sleep for three days and worked on it non-stop. I had to “Google” even the most basic of terms, and many times, I would end up having to Google half of the descriptions within the definition as well. It was slow and tedious, but fun to learn something new. At that time, the website companies didn’t have an easy storefront platform to use, and since I already felt like it was all a little over my head, I decided to skip the storefront and just post the items in grid-fashion on a page on the site. I used a company called E-Junkie to develop my product buttons, and they also automatically delivered my product download emails to customers. That was huge, since it allowed me the freedom to be confident the product was getting sent out even when I was in the midst of the chaos of raising my kiddos.
So for many years, the picture above is what you would have seen on my homepage. But even in the last few years, the digital world is changing. More websites are viewed on phones and tablets, and data is stored in many different ways. The website began to become antiquated, and wasn’t able to adapt to the device it was being viewed on. So, after a lot of planning, work, research, and learning, I built the new site you see today. It was my hope that it would communicate the whole point of the site – for us to grow as families, planted by the stream of Living Water, with roots that run deep and true. I hope to get back to the core of what began all of this, writing about the ins and outs of our days and what God is teaching us. And because I love to create resources, I am hoping to share things I create to use with my family that you may find useful too. The Lord knows the plans he has for me, and has numbered my days. By His grace, I will step each day into whatever he has called me to.