Momentous Occasion: Jiving Jackalope Moves to Squarespace!

You have been following the site faithfully on WordPress for sometime now, and I kindly want to invite you to the Jackalope’s new home not on WordPress. Starting today, you can get full posts on the Squarespace version. In addition to the move you will see there are some new features, like the Facebook fan page, and an email newsletter.

A screen shot of the Squarespace version of Jiving Jackalope

A similar look and feel, but it jives a lot more.

Why the move? WordPress.com, where I’ve hosted this site since 2008, has served me well. As my understanding of blogging developed, I chose not to become a coder or web developer. Rather, I want to focus on the content, but if I’m to have the control of the site that I seek, Squarespace is the best solution. I have a lot more customization features there that a designer, such as myself, can wrap his mind around. Squarespace lets me control much more of the site without needing to learn any web languages.

What you like about Jiving Jackalope is only getting refinement. The new site is packed with several improvements:

  • No more ads of any kind
  • Larger text and margins for better readability
  • A not-so lousy search engine
  • A distinct date stamp group posts together by day
  • Navigate the Archive by categories of the entries
  • Quotations are more readable in the Helvetica font type*
  • An all-new share button menu with more share options

What I’m particularly excited to create is the all-new email newsletter. When it’s ready in July, I will share via email the collection of most popular entries in a weekly syndication. And I give you my most solemn oath never to abuse your contact information. I will not post more than once weekly, and the topics will strictly be new content from Jiving Jackalope. Frankly, I don’t have time to span you. I can’t wait to show you what the newsletter will look like and feature. I’ve been cooking ideas for it for awhile.

I’ll continue to support this version of Jiving Jackalope and update the content here for the next few months to be sure all J.J. followers are made aware of the transition. I want to be sure everyone is well-aware of the move before I pull the plug at WordPress. I know a lot of you follow the site with WordPress tools, and I’ve enjoyed engaging topics with you through WordPress. I trust you will understand my site’s changes and join me at Squarespace. I’ll continue to keep up with y’all as well; I’m not abandoning my WordPress account.

If you want to suggest changes to the new site while it is still in beta, please be my guest! Use the new Contact page on the Squarespace version. And thank you for your continued support of this Jiving Jackalope and his master, Joseph.

Footnote:

* Except for older entries in the Archive that still use Courier like the WordPress version

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