I’m so excited to tell you my news. To invite you, right now, to a new Artist Gallery site I’ve just this moment completed. For you.
It’s a place where you can decide which type of Pen and Ink portrait you’d like to see… and go to that specific ‘gallery’ (category link”) rather than scrolling endlessly through other areas to get there. (Such were the limitations of having it only on a page here up until now.) You can pick and choose what you want to look at and when.
But… before I give you the new link, I thought I’d share a bit of the creating of this Gallery site, and the wonder God reminded me of Himself as I worked. To encourage you in similar ways, in your own life, this day… to look for His Harvest.
A Harvest of Righteousness.
Who would imagine God could breathe that into me in something so techy as the setting up of a second blog site. Yet… He has.
I had a general picture in mind of what I would do there as I moved over all my artwork from this blog to the new site, set up various ‘gallery rooms’ (Categories) for the differing portrait subjects and rewrote the introduction.
Then, it was as if He took my hand and led me in whispers that echoed back to me from my years as a Corporate Communications writer. I thought of how I used to write multiple versions of copy to fit in to our Intranet and Internet sites, tweaking basically similar copy for different products and audiences, devising fun catch phrases, looking to the customer’s interest in what we could offer them.
Whispers that reminded me of how I might add similar fun little style touches to my blog now…
Suddenly, I was thinking of creative ways to direct you from ‘gallery’ to ‘gallery,’ looking for and discovering a zippy little graphic to make you smile as it guides. I found myself envisioning how to make each ‘gallery’ inviting, ways to interest visitors in clicking over to related areas.
I even prayed for a blog title that would bring people googling for Pen and Ink Portraits right to my site. I wanted something like a play on words…and, fooling around with the thesaurus, He spoke it inside me — Picture It in Pen and Ink!
I was almost finished when one thing had me stumped. WordPress automatically alphabetizes categories, making the first thing anyone would see be “All Things Childhood,” referring to a gallery where I have some child portraits. How could I change that landing post to something more inviting to the entire site?
Pictures of what we used to do in Corporate Communication Internet design and content came into my thoughts unbidden once more. I had it! I could create a separate static post place that could be like the editor’s note in online and paper magazines… a place to welcome you as you come, update you on any giveaways, meet you with season’s greetings like a gallery host at the door.
“See how I take the knowledge I was building up in you all those years in Communications and bring forth fruit today?” He encouraged me.
Wow, I realized then. He really was. All those persnickety details I learned back then were suddenly coming into focus again for something much more personal and fun. I know I never would have thought of half of it without that previous working knowledge.
But most especially…not without the amazing way He seemed to be leading.
He reminded... it was the same technique I’d used to write that business content. How to set up each gallery site with a few on topic ideas for the reader to ponder as they browse. Adding fun connections to related topics at the close of each ‘room’ (post category). Thinking of what might interest you.
Even down to a disclaimer that came to me as I kept seeing a pop up about WordPress adding some unknown ads at the bottom of posts, from time to time. We sometimes added disclaimers in my corporate job, I thought…so why not put one here too?
It was just exciting to sense His Presence in even this. His overriding care and provision for all our needs… His wanting us to trust Him. (Especially showing me His leading because of all the frustration I’d had last week when trying to figure out website setups. See Who will sing a song of Goodness? for that story.) In my job, I was responsible for the writing piece, and though I might work with a graphic designer or the person setting up the technical look of the site, I was never hands on in those areas. But having seen and worked with those products, as well as having learned through experience here at this blog, I was now reaping… a harvest of righteousness… so to speak.
For… He really works all things together for us, I thought anew. Taking all those seeds planted long ago, seeds we may think never really ever bloomed, and bringing them forth at the right time and the right place in new and fresh ways!
All this reminds me too… nothing in our lives is wasted. God is always preparing us, leading us, working the past together with the present… and leading us on to a harvest of righteousness. In Him. And my prayer now and always is His favor and blessing on all the work of my hands, to His Glory. For no matter what circumstances appear to be, He knows my daily bread needs, and has them covered.
And those seeds you’ve been sowing? Maybe even for years? Harvest is coming.
I know…because our testimony stories of His provision and leading are never just for us alone.
We-ell… Now, will you join me over at my new Picture It in Pen and Ink?
Just click on this link: https://pamdepoyanblog.wordpress.com/ and look for “A little Communique Spot” to begin exploring “Picture It in Pen and Ink!”
And once you’ve strolled around there, I wonder- would you do me a huge favor? If you enjoy what you see, would you share my new link with your Facebook friends and whatever other social media you might participate in?
Nothing brings in people like word of mouth from kindred spirits!
Oh, and when you stop in, please “sign my guestbook” over at the new site by leaving me a comment at the “communique spot post!” Thank you!!
P.S. I debated having a button where people can sign up to get notifications for the new blog, because I’m not sure it will really ever send out any. I won’t really be posting new posts so much as adding pictures to the existing ones. But then I thought…if you’d like to know whenever I update by adding something new, it might be nice to have a list of subscribers to email. So…if you would like to be in on that loop, and you do subscribe, I will have your address to send you emails whenever I add something new. 🙂
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