I’ve been busy the past few months. So busy, in fact, that I haven’t had much time to write my usual blogs.
I decided to go ahead with an idea I have had for several years and launch Tribute magazine. However, a friend advised that I not launch in the “J” months (January, June, July), so I decided to wait until August to put out the first issue.
But before I could start laying the pages out in InDesign for my magazine, I had to create a website that would promote it.
That’s when tributecr.com was born.
It was a task that was more difficult than I imagined. I had to decide the theme of the website. I already knew what the magazine was going to be about (people who make a difference in my community), so the website would have to somehow reflect that.
I created the website through Weebly, a site I like and have used before several time. Unlike other do-it-yourself websites, Weebly is easy to use and navigate. It has a variety of unique responsive themes to choose from and includes several add-ons.
After deciding on a theme I liked, I had to design the pages and decide what would go on those pages.
What is it specifically that people want in a community website? What kind of pages would I have and what kind of stories would I have?
As I thought about it, I came up with an idea that fit with my character and personality, as well as a site that would help keep the people in my community informed, and show them there is good news all around us.
I would create a website that only reported the good and positive news in our community.
I came up with the idea after hearing so many people saying there’s nothing but bad news in the world. But that’s just not true. It only seems that way because the bad news is what draws the people in. The drama and chaos is what pays the bills, unfortunately, so that is what is most prevalent.
What I have realized in the past few months is that I am in competition with everyone else on the internet. I am in competition for everyone’s attention, and that means coming up with interesting content, as well as having exceptional writing, and marketing skills.
As a result, I know my website needs to be unique, which is probably the most difficult aspect of this venture. And I believe it is.
Tribute promotes the positive and focuses on the good; good news, good people; everything good.
Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
I may not be able to change the whole world, but maybe I can provide some peace in my little corner of it.