How to register for my new blog

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Caution:  this is a  long and tedious  very important post.  Some of you may want to listen to ambient rain falling sounds, and drift off into the Zen of it all while reading.  Have you clicked on the link?  Good, you have now entered the Needlepoint Land stitching relaxo zone.  Here goes.

As most regular visitors already know, this blog is going to be sunset sometime next week.

At some point, the URL will start “pointing to” my ecommerce domain, which is

My blog will live there, and visitors to — yes, that could mean you — will have to register in order to read it.  It will continue to be free, however.

Why am I doing this?

Well, it’s partly to make things simpler for my customers by having everything in one place.  You know:  like, together.

But, and let’s be honest about this:  registration will also help ensure that mostly qualified viewers visit the site.

By this I mean registration is likely — if it succeeds — to attract that sweetspot of keen needlepoint stitchers who may be interested in becoming Needlepoint Land customers, if they are not so already.

This is of course quite risky.  Some people will not want to sign up. The whole thing can fall off a cliff and the healthy traffic I now enjoy can vanish overnight .  Just like that.

Well, c’est la vie.

After all, it does take quite a bit of work to maintain this blog.  There’s nothing wrong with trying to up my conversion rate, which, quite frankly, is * cough cough * a little on the anemic side.  In fact, I’d be remiss not to do so.

So let’s get to the How to Register part already.

If a viewer is not signed in at, the menu bar looks like this.

menu bar - not signed in

What you want to see is a pencil icon next to the word “Blog” on the menu.

To have the web site do this, you kinda have to register.

I’ve made sure it’s really easy to do so.  First off, you don’t have to worry about getting a WordPress ID, which was the fiasco that we went through last year.

Now all you have to do is click on the silhouette icon (it’s that odd thingie on the upper left hand corner of the pic), choose the Sign Up drop down option, enter your email address and a password.  Next, just fill in some very basic info, and you’re done.

You can also get to the registration page by clicking on the Blog “Icon” (it’s a pen), located in the middle of the Home page.

pen registration

The pen is pure catnip to keen needlepoint stitchers

Presto, your menu bar will look like this.

menu bar - signed in

See the Blog menu option with the Pencil icon next to it?


Now you will be able to continue reading my new and vastly improved (as if that is even possible!) blog to your heart’s, er, content.  That’s all there is to it.

So remember.

Sometime next week, the blog you’ve beeen reading fpr the last year or so will be going off to Needlepoint Heaven.  So the sooner you register, the sooner you’ll be ready for The Big Transition.


Are you still with me, or has the ambient rain pitter patter given you the snoozies?



Is anyone out there?




2 thoughts on “How to register for my new blog

  1. Hi S Clark,
    Thank you for your kind thoughts re my business.
    Would RSS excerpts work for you on the reader? That way you could decide if you want to view a particular post going forward.
    And as you know, modern browsers all do password management.
    So all you would have to do is register once, and the browser would take care of it for you automatically after that. All you have to do is agree to let it store your ID and PWD. It’s what I do!

  2. “Is anyone out there?” – guess not for long. I use a blog reader so if a blog doesn’t show up there, I don’t bother chasing after password protected info. Good luck with your business.

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