A Thousand and One Shades of Blue

Well, here we are. We’ve made it to Week Numéro Trois of the 9-Week Social Media Challenge. This week’s challenge was to put our sights on our websites. Ariel Hyatt urged us to make our websites functional – to not only make them inviting to the eye, but to ensure we embrace the social media world and engage our visitors with them. To stay afloat in this social media music pond, this is what we songwriters must do.

Let me preface this blog by saying art is not my forté, at least not the kind of art that requires logos, fancy fonts, graphics, crayons, finger-paints or markers. For me, photoshopping is browsing Blacks. You might as well ask me to reproduce the Mona Lisa if you want me to draw stick-men. I clashed at a young age – see Comments in Week 1’s blog. I’ve buried (but not far enough apparently) a traumatic childhood memory of being laughed at for drawing a cow and putting the udders in the wrong place. Don’t ask where.

Needless to say this week’s challenge wasn’t my favourite. Luckily, the test for our websites wasn’t in graphic design.

I must have tried at least a dozen background colours but I finally settled on a shade of blue. Which shade is debatable. Did you know there are shades called “duke blue” and “majorelle blue”? Gotta love Google. My favourite name for blue is now “wild blue yonder”. However smoky blue sounds dramatic and intriguing doesn’t it? I’d rather my website be smoky blue than putrid pink. But I digress. I uploaded photos and show posters. I listed show dates and upcoming events and I will even gift my newsletter followers with a free download if they sign up for my Monthly Music Updates – hint hint dear blog reader… 😀 I even tweaked my Twitter & Blog pages and they now match the wild blue yonder too they do! Dr. Zeus anyone?

This shade, whatever it is, will do until my upcoming photo shoot is completed for my soon-to-be-released album (whoooohoooo!!!). Oh no, “whoohoo” rhymes with “blue” too! This is getting absurd lol. But seriously, after the photo shoot is done, I will then track down a talented artistic friend or web designer to recreate this website into a pretty little page that is more pleasing to the eye, and not just purely functional. But don’t worry Ariel, it will still remain functional and easy to navigate too.

Who knows, maybe this talented friend can also show me how to draw a cow!

Oh yes, and if you’re curious, here it is…for now.

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7 Responses to A Thousand and One Shades of Blue

  1. Don Sawchuk says:

    Well done!

  2. Kat Leonard says:

    I am so inspired by your website! It’s so clear and engaging and fun to navigate through! Grrrrrrrrreat job, Aynsley! WOW!!!

    • Aynsley Saxe says:

      Awww thanks Kat!! That’s so nice of you to say! It was a winding journey getting it up (and I’m sure will remain a work in progress!) but it’s nice to be able to change content, photos, updates, etc. easily. How is yours coming along? Looking forward to seeing it!

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