Someone To Watch Over Me


Since Mike and I recently parted ways (for the happiest reason in the world) as far as this website goes, I’ve been trying to pull things together around here. We’ve had WordPress for awhile, so I’m familiar with the dashboard and know how to add widgets and things. He’s always been helpful and patient, teaching me how to do stuff, so I thought, snap. Ha!

A door closes and a window opens. Enter Barb Drozdowich, sacred dove on my shoulder and new web person. Because guess what? It took me 20+ hours to do less than she accomplished for me in an hour. My results were just okay. Her results, spectacular.

Wanted to give a shout out to this WordPress Warrior Woman, who is so easy to work with and charming besides. Also want to officially debut the new look of the blog to the world, now that it is almost complete. I still have a bit of homework…which I will do this week. I would have never thought to add excerpts and reviews to my books page, but Barb did. Great idea! She also sized all the books properly, both on the book page and the sidebar. Then she linked them to Amazon in a much better way than I even knew was possible.

During our first conversation, Barb said the magic words every writer wants to hear “I’ll do this so you can spend your time writing.” Spend my time writing! Yes, please. And you read my opening right, everything she did here, she did in under an hour. Mostly, she tidied up my messes. And I look forward to her continuing to do so for many years.

Yes, this is pretty much a love letter to a special woman, who is so unassuming I had no idea she published her own books, non-fiction titles that help authors and bloggers, until I looked her up for this post. I found Barb’s books on Amazon and immediately bought two:)  Barb also runs Sugarbeat’s Books and that was quite the find for the book lover within me. A treasure trove of titles and reviews for Regency buffs (why yes, I am) and lovers of contemporary romance.

Barb’s official title is “Social Media and WordPress Consultant.” Her company is Bakerview Consulting. She has taught at University, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of authors (including me!) develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world.

Barb, my gratitude knows no bounds.


  1. Morning Cindy! Wow! I’m blushing! What a nice post to wake up to….you’ve certainly made my day…maybe the whole week 🙂 I love doing what I did for you! I was honest in my feeling that authors need to be writing, not spending hours and hours doing something that they can pay someone else to do. Writing time is valuable. Authors shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help!

    I look forward to chatting with you periodically for years to come!
    Thanks for the kind words,

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  2. Isn’t it wonderful to find just the right person? And then she does a phenomenal job! Fresh, colorful, appealing ~ your blog has taken on your personality, Cindy;)

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    1. Thank you Sharon. I’m very pleased. One thing Barb said to me right off was “I call myself a consultant, but I’m really a website critic. That is, I’ll tell you what doesn’t work on your site for me as a reader and tell you how I’d fix it.” I loved that!


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