Well, I’ve taken a few runs at this before, but it’s really happening — on March 8 the new Chump Lady site will be revealed.
What? I hate change!
No, it’s all to the good. I promise. If you bookmarked articles, if you need the archives, it’s all still there.
I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain what’s happening. If you’re looking for a Friday Challenge instead, remember to submit your haiku and limerick Infidelity Valentine’s to me by Saturday. Prizes! Fame! Snark!
Why are you doing this to us?
Trust me, if I could leave a thing alone I would. But maintaining a site with traffic like this is a job and I’ve held this thing together with gum and bailing wire as long as I could. But WordPress forced my hand. I was having an IT problem and learned a couple months ago, if I didn’t find a Genesis coder STAT, and update the entire site, the whole site was going to break in March, thanks to a core update.
That’s a thing?
Well, it is if you have my lousy Genesis theme.
Please don’t explain it to us.
I’m sorry, I have to tell my lousy Genesis theme Jesus Cheater story.
Eons ago, I built this thing in Thesis, which for reasons lost to my memory (or suppressed) I couldn’t use any longer. So Genesis was the thing and I met a woman at a conference who touted herself as a Genesis designer. Chump that I am, I thought… she’s presenting at a conference, she must know what she is doing. I hired her. Sent her money…. and…
She ghosted me.
Okay, not at first. At first she seemed keen. But then she just stopped answering my emails, and was very cold and weird on the phone. And I’m in the MIDDLE of a site migration, re-do, so I’m like, just get ‘er done! She had my files hostage. It was a MESS. I had to hire other people to fix what she had done and the whole thing was so AWFUL and so expensive, I’ve just kept the landing page and site like this for far, far too long to avoid another catastrophe.
About a year goes by and a chump sends me a link to an article to put through the Universal Bullshit Translator. It was a gooey personal spiritual journey account of how the author cheated on her husband and it brought her closer to Jesus.
IT WAS THIS DESIGNER THAT I HAD HIRED. It was her blog! She was married and on Tinder and got knocked up with the OM’s baby AS SHE WAS WORKING ON MY SITE.
No wonder she was frosty.
You can see why I might have PTSD about site redesigns. But this time, I’ve found a real person, Mary Baum, and she’s solid and sane. Leave a Jesus Cheater, Gain a Life.
Enough of your drama, what’s changing?
Here’s a few things. I’ll surprise you with the rest — and if you have ideas, tell me in the comments. I’ll see what we can do.
1.) The UBT will be revealed. Wonder what it looks like? What cookies it eats? New cartoon, new category, all the UBTs in one place.
2.) A Toolkit for Newbies. Instead of evergreen posts (ego kibbles, pick me dance, etc.) there will be a page that is all the foundational texts and step-by-step advice in links of what to do. So instead of sending a newly chumped friend 13 articles, send them a link to this page. (Also, please buy the book.) Triage!
3.) Translations in French and Spanish. A HUGE thank you to CN members who have undertaken this job. More on this in another post. But if you’re handy with language and want to translate some blog pages, email me.
4.) And more. Links to the community pages on Reddit and FaceBook. A new resource guide of books and blogs. (Got recommendations?) and new cartoons!
And a big HUGE thank you to Patreon supporters of this site who pay it forward for everyone. That and the ads (which I am killing in the new site) are how I afford this.
For Patreon members, that’s getting redone too. Audio files start in March. Supporting members get me, reading letters, Trust That They Suck posts, etc. weekly. (It would’ve been sooner, but the site crisis happened.)
Happy to answer any questions in the comments over the weekend.