Well, it was all supposed to be soooo easy. All the websites promised that I could just create a form using the easy Mailchimp interface, simply copy and paste the embed code into a text widget on my site and hey jiminee it is done before my toenail polish has even had a chance to dry.
However, anyone who read my blog about creating a blog in twenty minutes will know that 20 minutes when you are a technical whiz is often more like 3 hours and a partial breakdown to any
normal sensitive creative like myself. I sat down at 8 this morning after a sleepless night thinking about social media, blog stats, god, the universe and lions and tigers and bears – oh my! My morning coffee had kicked in, the kids were in bed because it is a public holiday in Otago (the area of NZ where I live). I had watched the video, read the Mailchimp tutorial, written my notes and I was GOOD TO GO….
Or so I thought. Look I followed the instructions about creating the form. I even managed pretty painlessly to upload the pdf of the Workbook that I had decided to give away. I was rockin and rollin. Until…. deep breath….. until… I tried to paste the embed code into a text widget on my sidebar over at WordPress.
“It’s so easy”, drawled the gorgeous and technically savvy superwoman on the video I watched, “just paste in the code and hit save. Now go to your website and you will see your optin box” No. No. Nooooo. I did not see an optin box. What I actually saw was a long pile of gobbledegook code purporting to be an optin box.
But surely I had done something wrong, I thought. So I went through the whole thing again. And again…. and …. again. Well, by this time it is 11 am. I haven’t slept all night, my last coffee was years ago, the children had risen….. Suffice to say that a mini nervous break was required. Tears aflowed. Self admonishment was flying left, right and centre. I was over this whole stupid internet lark thing. Who did I think I was anyway? Why was I so stupid? Well you get the idea.
Back to the laptop. This time, I think to myself “OK what do you know how to do?”
- Make a link to another place on the web from my site
- Upload an image into my media library.
- Get the URL for my signup form from Mailchimp.
And that is when it happened. Hallelujah, clouds parting, shining ray of light…. I created my very own widget. You heard that right!!! I (little me of the non tech tribe!) created her very own widget. And here is
HOW I MADE A WIDGET ON WORDPRESS
- I dragged an Image widget into my sidebar.
- I uploaded the cover image of my workbook into my Media Library.
- I copied the URL called “File URL” from the side of the media library called “Save” into the box on the Image widget where it said “Image URL”
- At the bottom of the Image widget box, I pasted a link to my Sign Up form that I had made on Mailchimp earlier. (I got that URL by asking Mailchimp for a “Sign Up Link Code” or something like that underneath the For Your Website heading on your dashboard.
- Click save.
- Go to website and refresh
- Dance like a crazy woman when there appears on my sidebar, a picture of my workbook. Woop woop. Click the image and get taken to my sign up form. MARRRRVELLOUS
So there we have it. The roundabout way to creating an optin widget using Mailchimp. ‘Cept the thing is, my little Workbook image looks much better than the dull old sign up box that Mailchimp were offering. So you know, despite the fact that I now have tension coarsing through my veins instead of blood, not a bad morning really.
Despite all that I do want to add some social media links to the Sign up at some point so I am going to try these suggestions from Marvellous Meg at Bloom Online . It all seems so simple when someone else is doing it but, you know, I’m game…just Not Today, ok?
Why not check it out over at the site and let me know what you think? I think that creating widgets like this is a fun way of building up your list and Mailchimp also store mp3s so I may even create some other links to meditations and short trance sessions. Sometime. Maybe… possibly… perhaps.
Your actionable step is to sign up for my Free workbook obviously. You can do that HERE. ( Only if you want to though, no pressure, don’t feel that you have to bla bla bla…) But do it anyway, because you are such a nice person. I also think that today is the perfect day to create your own Optin gift for your website. Mailchimp is alright really, and its free.
Let me know how you get on with that and show me what Optin goodies you have offered out to the Universe.
Done for the day. This internet stuff is exhausting with a capital A.