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Smoke Not So Much Revisited

Posted by on Aug 5, 2009

Just about two months ago, I announced my newest website, Smoke Not So Much. Well, today I’m mentioning a slight redesign of the site. But there’s a story that goes along with it.

See, about a month ago, I had this guy send me an email that, well, pretty much heckled me and my web design. I had a couple of choices at that point. I could ignore it, write back and call him a bunch of names, or just respond. I responded, kind of called him a “troll”, and moved on with life.

Well, it turned out that this was a guy who wanted to offer something for nothing. He had seen the movie 7 Pounds with Will Smith, and he was sending out emails to see how people would respond to see if anyone might be worthy of something free he wanted to give them.

So we met for lunch, in a public place mind you, because I still wasn’t sure of his intentions, and I wasn’t taking any chances. He wasn’t what I was expecting, because he turned out to be a little guy, and he probably was less sure of me than of him. Still, he put forward his offer to grant me something that had to do with a design.

I wasn’t sure what to do. I know how to build things, but I’m not the best designer in the world. Okay, I’m not a designer at all. I just don’t have the eye to make art, though I do have a discerning eye to critique it. I came home and thought about it, and decided that I wanted a different logo for my anti-smoking site. I told him this, and, if you go to the site, that’s what the new logo is. Now, as a point of comparison, here’s what the original logo was:

So, he did what I kind of had in my mind, but had no idea of how to create it. And he suggested some color changes and the like, and I figured why not give it all a try. If you hadn’t seen it, the background color was light gray, the sidebars a dark gray, and all the print was brown.

Anyway, I like it, my wife loves the logo, and that’s that. Not sure if the look will bring more traffic or not, but it certainly can’t hurt, right? See, there are nice people in the world!

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The more WP blogs I put up the more I am starting to use specialists for art work and content. I have friends who eventually get a good relationship going with an artist they like or a writer they like who has the right price. The real money in internet marketing is with the sale I think.
.-= CD Junior´s last blog ..H.R.2835 – Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act – Absurd or Not ? =-.

August 5th, 2009 | 1:31 PM

Well Clarence, without any sales, you’re not really marketing at all.

August 5th, 2009 | 4:43 PM

I’m like you Mitch, no art talent! haha I had a guy at DP do my log at my blog (which i don’t have up at the moment)

I really like the new log on your no smoking site!
.-= Jake´s last blog ..Our Vacation – Where do YOU Vacate? =-.

August 5th, 2009 | 8:16 PM

It was a very nice gesture by the young man who did it for me. I’d wanted something like it, but couldn’t see it, so when he did it we thought it was perfect.

August 6th, 2009 | 12:39 AM

I like the logo Mitch. Like you, I’m not sure if it will help, but it certainly won’t hurt. Anyway, you have to keep the wife happy.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Article Directories A Great SEO Tool For Blog Promotion =-.

August 8th, 2009 | 10:08 AM

I don’t know if the logo will help either, Sire, because logos don’t have a lot of meaning. But I like it, and you notice I also changed the color of the page. We’ll see, I guess.

August 8th, 2009 | 11:01 AM

I think it has been proven that appearance does mean a lot Mitch, so hopefully it will help.

BTW, I tried to vote using the Blogengage button and it takes me to another page where I had to fill in all the details. I thought that was supposed to be done automatically?
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Why I Am Not Such A Social Person =-.

August 8th, 2009 | 8:52 PM

I thought so also, Sire. We might have to ask Brian about it.

August 8th, 2009 | 9:28 PM
Chris Peterson:

Good to see that good things are happening for your website, its rare & especially in a professional arena. Happy 4 you!
.-= Chris Peterson´s last blog ..Want To Make Your Blog Popular? Read This!! =-.

August 20th, 2009 | 8:12 AM

Thanks Chris; onward and upward, right?

August 20th, 2009 | 8:17 PM