We’ve Come A Long Way!

We’ve Come A Long Way!

“This old blog” and me have been around in one form or another since 2005 – that’s a long time!

And we’ve come a long way from our first tentative steps as “Straight Up & Slightly Dirty” on the Blogger platform.

Straight Up And Slightly Dirty

That’s where we learned about Blog Carnivals, Commenting, Oversharing, and that you attract an “Interesting” audience with a name like that!

After a short hiatus, we were back at it again with “Lala Land” still on the Blogger platform. I even paid a graphic artist 30 whole dollars to create the masthead using my own signature cursive L.  My vision for this blog was admittedly a little muddled with the Disney visual references, and yet no real Disney content – but the name was a keeper.  I learned a little more here, about Stats, and Analytics and the limited capabilities on Blogger.

La La Land

So Lala Land moved from Blogger to the WordPress free platform, and we felt all grown up – for a while…

Until I learned about self-hosting! So I took the plunge and purchased my own domain, and signed on with a web hosting service – which, by the way, costs quite a bit more than $30 and has a significantly longer learning curve! Once all of that was done, I agonized over choosing just the right template or theme, and then spent days and days picking fonts, creating a logo (using that same cursive L!), writing a professional About page, adding plug ins and widgets, and tweaking, tweaking tweaking!

I do know that a blog, no matter how pretty, without creative writing, or interesting content is like putting lipstick on a pig… but for now, I’m just focusing on the lipstick.

About La La Land Lala Land

And now, yet another evolution. Still Lalaland, still WordPress, still self hosted, just a more modern theme. And again, focusing on the lipstick again.

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We certainly have come a long way, Lala Land and me, but the journey, as in anything worthwhile, has been a great adventure. I’d love to hear your comments – good, bad, or indifferent!

Thanks for visiting!



  • Posted February 4, 2014 4:18 pm 0Likes
    by Kirsten

    Love the new look and how you’ve pulled “lala” all the way through the navigation. Kudos!

    • Posted February 4, 2014 4:42 pm 0Likes
      by lindalou6232@gmail.com

      Thank you Kirsten! Coming from you that means a lot! Still trying to justify misspelling Genealogy as GeneLALAgy with my overbearing inner grammar-nazi… we shall see which side wins out!

  • Posted February 10, 2014 10:09 am 0Likes
    by Gina Jacobs Thomas

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, Linda! Congrats on the big move to self-hosted on WordPress. I made the leap about a year and a half ago, and am so glad I did!

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