Friday, March 26, 2021

Karren Alenier’s Website Is Up!


As of March 25, 2021, the Steiny Road Poet’s (a.k.a. Karren Alenier) website——is up and functioning with email.


The email was the last sticking point, but the website itself had only gone online the day before.


I know I’m going to be asked… If you are thinking of bringing up a personal website, know what you are going to use it for before you launch into building one. For me, it serves a dual purpose—news about my book publications and news about What Price Paradise, the opera I am working on with composer Janet Peachey and Encompass New Opera Theatre Director/Dramaturg Nancy Rhodes.


So on this website, you can also find out how to purchase my poetry and opera books, what events I am doing, and how to contact me.


The bonus is that each month, I will be featuring a guess artist. The inaugural artist is someone very special to me—Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica. Ms. Goodison read my work and gave me a blurb for my book. She has a new book coming out this year.


And yes, building a website, even in WIX, is challenging. I built mine from scratch in two weeks’ time with certain elements plucked from the WIX library of resources. I hear if you use a ready-made template, you can bring up a website lickety split. One other word of advice, the principles of design need to be learned and appreciated. That’s why hiring a website design artist might be a good idea. Final word, my website isn’t perfect but at least, I can improve it as I move along.

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