New website is live!

Hello my honored and well-loved readers 🙂 I thought I’d kick off the new year with a new look for Iron Rose. This go around I want to focus on talking more about learning from the little things in life along the way (which is my New Year’s resolution.) Of course, I also will be trying to offer the best when it comes to culinary recipes to enhance your life and get your dinners whipped into shape! 😉 I know there is a growing need for daily ideas and inspiration, and my mission has always been and will continue to be to provide that for you. Don’t panic, I won’t be totally changing gears… just mixing things up a bit.

I’ve had my little blog over at WordPress for a while and decided its time to step things up a bit. Don’t get me wrong, WordPress is pretty great in and of itself, but you lack quite a bit of control. Also unless you upgrade to their premium plan (which is I think $49 a month?? Don’t quote me on that though) you will get ADDS showing in your content without your permission. Not my idea of what I want to serve up to my oh-so-important viewers. I do need a source of some revenue (blogging isn’t free!), so I wanted to do my adds but off to the side so they don’t distract my readers. Sadly that just wasn’t an option on my old platform. So I actually hired this web design company from Denver and they were able to build my site from start to finish in less than 2 weeks. Pretty remarkable turnover if you ask me! The thing that convinced me to go with them was actually the fact that they don’t charge a huge upfront fee (leaving your wallet crying). Instead they break it up into small monthly payments. Yep, I can do that. Just like with my phone bill. (Speaking of phone bills… no, wait, never mind.)

So we tossed some ideas around and I decided to keep my old logo but vamp up the surroundings and go for a more cheery design. Easier social sharing (which I learned is important for these reasons), a sidebar with my social media feeds, and generally a more beautiful look. But of course, the pink had to stay. I think the result is amazing and I am SO EXCITED to be writing my first post here! And most of all, I am excited to be talking to YOU. Do you know how much I appreciate you stopping your day to sit down and read my little blog? It means so much to me. You are all like an extended family to me, and it just means the world to know that you listen to what I have to say and you actually do care.

I almost actually tear up thinking about it. *sniff*

Now I want to hear from you. What suggestions do you have for this blog? Do you want more recipes that are exotic, or just plain and simple ones? Do you have any New Years’ Resolutions? Do you want to start a website that looks amazing? Let’s do this together. Contact me and let me know what you think. I want to bring you stuff that is actually useful and that you LOVE.

Send me an email here. I love reading what you have to say for a change!

And if you have anything you want to contribute, I am considering opening up a weekly guest post for this blog. No, I don’t pay tons, but if you have a recipe and good photos you want to share feel free to send me an email and we can figure something out.

In the meantime feel free to follow me on Facebook or watch on Youtube. I post on there once in a while and if you think about it, feel free to send me a friend request and we can hook up! Or if you are in the area, why not meet? My readers hold a very special place in my heart, and I’d love to see some of you face to face even if I have to drive. We could meet for lunch, brunch… hey, we could all come over to my house and have a feast!

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