Welcome to KatrinaKaren.com

welcome to katrinakaren

I finally completed the move to a new website after a few weeks of trying to figure out how to implement the changes. I am now starting from scratch in terms of SEO (search engine optimization) but I did not give much thought to SEO in the previous blog so not much harm was done, I think. I hope I have placed enough preventive measures against vulnerabilities in my new website. Having gone through website rebuilding, I can always create a new one should this one encounters a problem in the future. (This is not a sound advice for those setting up their websites. This is me trying to play cool and unfazed over stressful matters like website downtime, hackers, trojans and viruses. So do not take my word for this. Always have a backup and maintenance plan.)

Let me walk you through the website and let me be your tour guide. The  first part of the homepage is a slider. The front page opens with a slide of my current mantra: Dream. Create. Love. Repeat.  On the right side of the header, there are links to the different pages of the website.

welcome to katrina karen dot com

When viewed on devices with smaller screens, the menu can be found on the upper left part of the header.

katrina karen menu

The slide automatically shifts to another one but you can also click on that arrow button to swipe to the next slide. The next slide introduces me, the website owner, and what this website is all about. When you click the “Read more”,  a window opens with my about-me page.  I wish I had a newer photo and had photo shoot specifically for the site. I no longer look like this person in the photo. I was thinner and younger in this photo. On second thought, let’s stick to this photo.  Ha!

welcome to katrina karen

The next slide has a link to my art portfolio. I am happy that I was able to set this up. I was too lazy to set it up in the previous website because the main page was already the blog itself. I was trying to figure out how to incorporate it with theunstressed.com. Now that it is KatrinaKaren.com, it is all about me so it is easier to include my art. (That sentence sounded so narcissistic  but you get the drift.)

welcome to katrina karen art portfolio

I hope you also noticed my logo.  It is k-squared for the double “K” in my name.  My father taught me my signature when I was kid so I always sign with k-squared even before I learned what squared in Mathematics meant. I guess I was pre-destined to major in Math in the future.  (Yes, I have a Mathematics degree which I now conveniently use in estimating pixels and ratios in art.)

If you scroll down my site, you can read my recent blog posts. I was able to get my blog posts from the old blog. I am just glad I was able to retrieve seven years of writing so you may find some of my photos marked with theunstressed.com. I will not be editing some of those photos. I am still in the process of checking broken links. I had 380+ posts. I don’t know if I have the time to change the watermark of the photos inside those 380+ posts.

katrina karen recent posts

If you are not much of reader, you can follow me on Instagram and just view my photos.

welcome to katrina karen

Or you can also subscribe to my Youtube channel for travel, recipe and art videos. I am still thinking if I should start vlogging. Ha!

welcome to katrina karen

And if you like to receive updates, you can subscribe to my newsletter and follow my social media accounts.

That’s it. I wish I can do a lot more in terms of design and functionality but this will do for now. I hope you like the new design.   You can always send me a message if you find a glitch or ask me any question in general. You may also leave a comment below.

Thank you for visiting KatrinaKaren.com!

welcome to katrina karen

The Birth of a Domain: How an Error Led Me to Create a New Website on my Own

The Birth of a Domain: How an Error Led me to Create a New Website on my Own

At the start of March this year, I found myself scrambling to fix my old blog. Some spammy content was showing up on the search results redirecting my blog to some foreign websites when you try to search it through Google. I wore my techie hat (I was an IT specialist for 11 years!) for days looking for ways to troubleshoot the errors. I guess I realized there was a reason why I left that job. It can be frustrating to keep on fighting against an unknown enemy. I scoured for ways to fix it and the option of hiring an expert would cost me hundreds of dollars. So my idea of a fix would be creating a new website.

I made light of the situation by telling a friend that I am shifting to a new domain since my old domain, TheUnstressed.com, was already causing me stress. I could no longer live up to its name. The truth is: I could not afford to hire experts. Ha! Poor me. I know I could not wallow in self-pity and helplessness. I decided to just create a new website. I have been wanting to redesign my previous blog but life always gets in the way. I hired someone to design my previous blog because I could not find time to learn how to do it on my own. I saw this situation as the necessary push.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

I saw this as a learning opportunity. I already know how to get a domain name and a hosting service. I developed and managed TheUnstressed.com for almost 7 years so I knew my way around building the site. I just was not too keen with the necessary software and plugin updates with the different tools being used in my site thereby exposing it to vulnerabilities. I learned the lesson the hard way. But there was no use crying over spilt milk. I had to move forward.

I asked a few friends on possible domain names that would fit my personality and the blog. I told them of the initial domain names that spoke to me. I said that I wanted something that has “project” on the name since this website is a personal project. I also wanted something with a positive adjective. I spent days churning up names and searching them if they were available for sale. Some domain names I wanted were pretty expensive. I thought of “thehappyconfettiproject”. It embodied the positive vibes I wanted for my website. I learned that it is better to have a shorter domain so I searched if “happyconfetti” still exists. Yes, it does but for a jaw-dropping $3,395.00!

The Birth of a Domain

After much consideration, I resolved to just use my name. No domain name describes me better than my given name, KatrinaKaren. I can almost hear Dr Seuss: “”Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” Now I am just too happy I was not named, Katrina Jane or Katrina Ann. Thank you, Mama and Papa, for my very affordable name. Hahaha!

The Birth of a Domain

After I finally bought my domain name, the long process of creating this website followed. It took more than a week to get it right (or into a design I can live with). I finally have a website without hiring someone else to do it for me. If you are interested in developing a website, these two Youtube videos helped me a lot: Link1 and Link 2. I will write more about the process in future blog posts. Let me know if you have questions on the process, I will try to answer as best as I can.

The Birth of a Domain

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