Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What he (Mike D) has done for me lately

Bonus points to you if you catch the cheesy 80s song reference!

The backstory: as you all know, I recently published a children's ebook on Amazon (insert shameless plug here) that my brother Nik illustrated. And thank you to those of you who were kind enough to buy and review it (and future thanks for those of you who still plan to.)

Now, for those five more sales we hope to generate, I thought we'd get a website. My brother, who is generally less tech savvy than I am (or so I thought),  assured me that a certain company had a do-it-yourself website builder that was pretty simple. I've done simple design and, in the past, simple code, and so I thought, no problem. I won't name names, but let's say this company sounds like Mo Maddy, which is exactly what I found myself feeling when I tried to design my site with this "simple" program.

Either pain in the ass is the new simple, or I am less savvy than I thought I am. (Stop snickering.)

So I reached out for a few pointers from one of my best friends, fellow blogger Mike D, who blew me away by offering to design the entire site for me.

Check it out here!!

Is he an awesome web designer or what?

He has been super patient with me and I asked him to think of some suitable (albeit way, way not good enough) favor I could do him as a small token of my big appreciation.

That, my friends, is what Mike D has done for me lately.

And that is why he gets his own homemade lolcat. That, I can do.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yeah, pretty sweet website! And I love those recent photos of you and your brother.

Elephant's Child said...

Both you and your brother look like the charming creative people we know you to be. I love that you think you are raising a family of cats. What would they say?
And Mike D is certainly deserving of his very own LOL cat. Better than a Nobel prize. More heart-warming than money (ok, I might have stretched the truth a little there).

OldLady Of The Hills said...

MIKE D. is "The Bomb"....(Gee I hope I have that right----It's supposed to mean He Is GREAT!!!)
Love what he did with your Website!!! And how generous and dear of him to do it! CONGRATULATIONS to you both!

Rock Chef said...

Excellent! You meet some great people on the web.

Except for the axe murderers, of course...

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool. I'll have a gander. I have the book btw, but haven't gotten a chance to read it yet.

Granny Annie said...

I've got the link on my sidebar:) Such a great little book for my Kindle and I show it to everyone I see.

Cheryl said...

I am so glad Mike helped you out...what a nice thing to do. AND it looks great.

I have created a few websites and the company you tried to work with has a good enough finished product but can be more than a little frustrating to work with.

There are several other low cost ones that are easier but since you have one...who the heck cares, heh???

Riot Kitty said...

Debra: I thought it would be cute to have kid pics since the book is about kids :) That, and I am hiding from creepy exes.
EC: Haha! They would say they're tolerating us.
Naomi: Yes he is! And thanks!
RC: Mike and I actually met in Washington, DC. :)
CG: Thanks much!
GA: And thank you too!
Cheryl: I am impressed. I don't think I could do it if my life depended on it.

DWei said...

Lucky you having someone who knows how to build sites and what not. I'll stick with Wordpress sites and fiddling with the code on my own for now. :P

Riot Kitty said...

DW: I was kicking myself for not doing Word Press until Mike offered to do this.

G. B. Miller said...


Just added it my ever expanding list of bookmarks that I'll have to spend a couple of days transferring to a new computer. :D

Kathleen said...

And at first Janet Jackson was running through my head. But luckily, that was soon replaced by the Beastie Boys courtesy of your mention of Mike D so now all I can think is:

"I'm Mike D and I get respect; your cash and your jewelry is what I expect..."

So your post has redeemed itself.

BTW, love the website in the making; very nice! And totally random and showing my age, but reminds me of the original Little Orphan Annie comic due to the lack of pupils, but I find it really endearing.

Mike_D said...

Thank you so much everybody!! Hope you enjoy it!!


Riot Kitty said...

So I just left everyone comments and they disappeared!

Good catch, Kathleen...GB, thanks! And cool about the new computer.
Mikey! Thank you so, so much.

Lynn said...

Great of him to do that! Sorry for only just now commenting.

Riot Kitty said...

L: It was! And no worries!

Betty Manousos said...

thanks for sharing..off to check that link out!

Betty Manousos said...
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Betty Manousos said...

i re-write: well yeah what an adorable website

so swe! what a brilliant man your friend is!
but of course, both you and your brother are very creative, too!

p.s. sorry for my previous comment.
have a great weekend!
big hugs!

Riot Kitty said...

Thanks Betty!! Sorry for what? Nothing to be sorry about!