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Crouching Mama Hidden Ninja

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When Michael Reynolds tossed a Ninja to me at an Inbox Zero workshop last fall, he didn’t know what would happen. That Ninja, trained in the art of email management, is talented with WordPress too. With a new year and new website, I discovered his talent.

The last 2 weeks, I’ve worked to migrate my blog from WordPress.com to self-hosting. The software differences remind me of moving from DOS to Windows or from Lotus to Excel. Many concepts are the same, but the setup is different enough to give me a headache and heartburn. 

With WordPress help and encouragement from Talina Norris-Ryder and Nibby Priest (thank you both!), I’ve made it to the other side of the WordPress aisle.  Many years ago, my husband Richard bought my domain name, saying I would one day want and use it.  In the last two weeks, he’s patiently created, re-created, and tweaked the graphics for the new site.

Learning the new software was harder than I thought it would be. And it was more stressful. For a lifetime, I’ve helped family and friends go after their brass rings. Ten years ago, Richard and I started the Copper Lion, Inc., so he could provide digital graphics to ad agencies.

What I didn’t realize till halfway through the new site is this time, it’s MY behind on the line.  It’s not only my behind, but my name. When I couldn’t find a fast answer to my question, I would jump, yell, and be ready to quit. Then I would see the Ninja on my desk and remember Harrison Painter‘s latest blog on Coffee with Harrison.

As I wrestled with WordPress, I looked at my ninja and repeated Harrison’s advice: knock’em over! Once I remembered that, I became Crouching Mama Hidden Ninja, ready to conquer an army of widgets and subdue Attila the Plugin’s legions.

Victory! If I couldn’t find the answer, I could find someone or some website to help. With time, help, and hard work, the site came together.

Just like any action story, you know the widgets and plugins will be back with future challenges. My Ninja and I are in training, making ourselves stronger so we can handle whatever they try next.

That’s my Ninja story, and I’m sticking to it.

When you hit the wall, what’s your Ninja and what keeps YOU going?

6 Responses to “Crouching Mama Hidden Ninja”

  1. Harrison Painter January 26, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    WOW, I am honored Mary, and very happy that I could be a part of your solution! This quote –> “I became Crouching Mama Hidden Ninja, ready to conquer an army of widgets and subdue Attila the Plugin’s legions.” gets my vote for best quote so far of 2011!!! I know it is early, but confident this one will have some legs! LOL

    Congratulations Mary, and keep up the great work!!!

    LOVE IT!


  2. Dana January 26, 2011 at 8:29 am #


    So proud of you. I always knew you were a Ninja and that you have no fear of the tech. Thank you for sharing. You are and will continue to be an inspiration to others.

    Honored to be your friend.

    • Dave Masterson January 26, 2011 at 9:19 am #

      Nice going! I just met with Dana for lunch yesterday here in Florida and discussed the WordPress.com vs hosted thing. I am next in that line… + domain name purchase to be a bit more professional.

  3. Aunt Bethany January 26, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I’m a music ninja! I fearlessly attack difficult harmonies and songs with scary ranges! Hiiiii ya!

  4. Jacob Yount January 27, 2011 at 4:20 am #

    Rockin’, Mary! You’ve definitely sparked my curiosity in researching moving my blog off blogger and over to own URL. Getting out of the comfort zone, making ourselves learn new things and being willing to take a few falls…Way to move up to the next level and challenge yourself.

    Looking forward to more posts.


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