Why I Decided To Start Another Blog

I always thought that my Buy Online Lotto Tickets would be the last blog because as you know I have quite a few blogs under my belt. In actual fact the way things are these days I have more blogs than I can handle and some of them are not getting the attention they deserve. Things change though and circumstances have lead me to start another blog although this time I had a very special reason for doing so.

A while back I lost my sister in law and that caused me to write the post Goodbye Josie, Forever In Our Hearts. I did it as a tribute to her but even after publishing it I was not satisfied that it was enough of a tribute to her. This is because it was placed amongst all my other posts and also because being your normal run of the mill blog It had a whole lot of ads, links and a whole lot of other unrelated stuff detracting from the what In was trying to do and Josie deserves so much more than that.

I looked at some of the sites that were available online and I couldn’t find any that I was happy with. Most of the free ones I found to be pretty tacky as they were full of ads. As for the paid ones most looked pretty generic as they were fully automated. Not able to find one that I was happy with I decided to start my own. I went for a blogging platform because I just don’t have the technical knowhow to build one from scratch. Luckily for me the FlexSqueeze theme gave me all that I needed to build a dedicated site for people who want to leave a lasting online memorial for their loved ones.

Using Market Samurai I decided on A Loving Memorial as the domain domain name. I’m pretty sure you will agree that the tribute to Josie Zollo looks so much better there with that domain name rather than being tagged on the end of wassupblog.com!  I decided to keep the sidebar so that I could place important information there whenever it was needed.

After my post  Blogging Green To Save The Environment I decided to give Green Geeks a go and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with how everything went. I obtained the domain name through them meaning that as long as I continue to use them as my host I never have to pay for it. Yep, thats right, I got the domain name for free.

Once the site went live I didn’t like the way it displayed the “filed under..” category or the “Subscribe to my RSS feed” under each post as it made it look too much like a blog and that wasn’t what I intended. Luckily the FlexSqueeze theme has options that allowed me to get rid of both.

Once I had it all up and running it came to me that perhaps there would be others out there who would also like to memorialise someone who has passed away. If so, perhaps they would prefer to have someone set it up for them rather than have to go through an automated process. If so then maybe I could provide that service for them. But you know, even if no-one ever takes me up on this special memorial service, it doesn’t matter because as long as I am around my tribute to Josie will always be there.

If there are any suggestions on how I could make the site better I would love to hear from you guys.

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  1. Hi Sire, yes a much more appropriate setting/hosting, I actually saw it a while ago as you linked to it on a comment on my blog so I checked it out then. You wouldn’t know it was a blog at all and I suppose the only thing that might seem ‘bloggy’ is the comment facility but static websites have those too don’t they.

    1. Hey Roz, yep, I remember leaving that comment. I believe it was on the post that had the video of you :wink_ee:

      Although I have comments closed on that particular posts people can have it open so friends and relatives can leave condolences and the like. I’m glad you agree that it doesn’t resemble a blog :thumbup_ee:

  2. Twitter:
    I just read your post and saw that comments are closed, so I’ll tell you here. Your new site and the post that started it off are both a beautiful tribute to someone who sounded like a very beautiful person both inside and out. So sorry for your loss.

    1. Thanks Allie. She was truly a beautiful lady and she will always be in our hearts. The tribute was just something that I had to do.

  3. An interesting idea, and perhaps something that could develop nicely. It may seem a little far fetched today, but perhaps in the near future there will be a much greater desire for some kind of web-memorial site to honor family members and friends who have passed. As you say, it might give a more adequate send off than what is available today, and as more and more of our lives are being transferred online it will make more sense to honor life online as well.

    1. Who know what the future will bring right Paul? I’ve even secured two extra domains that were similar to mine so as to prevent some future competition.

      But like I said in the post, even if no-one takes me up on it what’s important is that the memorial to her lives on.

  4. Hi Sire!
    i think that it will be a good idea and i hope that you will develop your site niche and the more people attend to your blog.i like it.
    thanks for sharing this blog.

    1. I’m sure there are people out there who would love to make use of this service anshul and even it there isn’t it doesn’t matter because it still fulfils the purpose it was designed for.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, Sire. I know how it feels like to lose a loved one. You blog, or should I say your website is beautiful, well designed for leaving tributes. It reflects the love you harbored for your sister-in-law, who was a wonderful human being. All in all, a unique idea, well executed.

    1. Thanks David, that was what I was hoping for.

  6. So sorry for you and your family’s loss. She sounds like a wonderful person who made a big impact on a lot of people. I was touched by the memorial and think you did a great job making it look nice and not blog-gy. Thanks for sharing and I hope that your new site will be a source of relief and comfort for people going through the difficult process of saying goodbye to and memorializing a loved one.

    1. She was the best Raina and I wanted to create something that does her justice. Thanks for the kind words too, I also hope it will help others the way it did me.

  7. So sorry for your loss mate. But I must say you’ve developed quite an innovative way to pay tributes, through your loss. A website for online tributes to loved ones! Wherever your sister-in-law might be right now, she’s bound to be applauding your awesome tribute to her.

    1. Thanks Tom.

    1. That’s OK Mitch. I’m not sure though what you meant by ‘nothing fro me”

  8. So sorry for you loss Sire. As sad as it is death is part of our life. I looked at the poem you wrote her, and it made me emotional. We cant get our loves one back, but you’ve made an awesome tribute to her. I wish you all the best, and nothing but good news.

    1. Thanks Janice. It took me quite awhile to get it right and I got a bit of help from my family and we were all very happy with the way it turned out.

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