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Retreat Website

So, I recently accepted an invitation to join another committee at church; this time it's the planning committee for the Women's Fall Retreat. I was honored to be asked and I'm excited to be helping out, even though my suspicion is it's going to be a lot of hidden work.

What started out as a simple agreement to help with some of the publicity quickly escalated into my putting together a retreat website, followed by the publicity and registration teams gleefully dumping most of their work (coming up with all the ad copy and designing the registration form, respectively) into my lap, because everything I do is "so professional" and I know "exactly what needs to be done".

Now you realize that, in this scenario, designing the registration form is not as simple as formatting a bunch of lines and checkboxes on a tri-fold brochure. It involves also having to guide/make all the logistical decisions regarding cost, accommodations, meals, travel, etc. so that there is actually some rationale behind what is on the form, as well. Gotta love it. Was there anyone to send me copy for the website? No. I wrote all of that, too. My initial impression is that there are a bunch of good-hearted, well-intentioned (if a little disorganized) people who reserved a location, booked some speakers and decided to have a retreat. Now they're frantically trying to figure out how to get people to register to attend by June 11 (so they don't lose their deposits), all the while forgetting to advertise that they're even having a retreat--and what the program is--to start with. Whoa.

All I can say is, thank God for WordPress (and a super-sized Mac monitor). I have spent the past several hours--with a few tips from drmellow before he went to bed--seriously hacking up the "Thirteen" theme to meet my requirements. I still need to set up email through the domain so I can make a "Contacts" page, plus I want to establish an announcement list at some point. However, I think there's enough info there now that I can advertise the website tomorrow. Right now I can tell I'm getting tired, because I wrote that line about transforming a woman "from heart-to-toe" and it made me laugh. Out loud.

So, without further ado, I bring you mtpisgahwomen.com. If you notice anything that is misspelled, looks weird, doesn't work or just plain doesn't make sense, feel free to let me know. I'm going to bed.

Oh, and that big poster graphic on the main page? I had to Photoshop that, too.

ETA: Before anyone comments on the color scheme, I was bound by committee decision to pink & green.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 1st, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
Why, thank you. Did you have a chance to look at the website?

Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
I did. And it really looks good.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
D'oh! ;)
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