Tuesday, August 5, 2014

One Day To Go!!

Ok dudes… we are but one day away. One day until our fabulous new website launches!! So get ready tomorrow to hop on over to 'Living Sober' and register your fine-selves to become members. I'll post the web address here tomorrow when we're live but for now here's the logo.



OMG excited!! Nervous!!! Have just gone out and bought myself some new stationery for my new 'office' (same old desk at home but new exciting 'job' requires exciting new stationery).

When you register on Living Sober you can call yourself by the name you are using on here so that we'll know it's the 'you' from the blog (if you know what I mean). And then you can interact to your hearts desire in a space that is much more interactive than this limited post/comments format.

When you register on Living Sober you get into the members section where you have your own profile page where you can put a profile image, write your own updates/daily musings and people can comment directly to you there. In the members section you can also see all the other members profile pages, when they were last active, what their updates are and you can comment to them directly on their profile pages.

We also have a 'Faces of Recovery' page where you can upload a photo of yourself holding a sign with your sobriety date or a wish or hope for the future (you can cover your face with the sign if you want to stay anonymous). These images are really powerful.

In the main (non-members) part of the site there's a 'Mrs D's Blog' page which is sort of like the common room where we can all hang out. I'll be positing one or two times a day with my usual personal shit and also topical issues, juicy discussion points or interesting links or whatever…anyone can comment on my blog page and interact there.

Also thanks to you guys and how you've been interacting on here lately I've had the idea to put up a new post every day at 3-4pm-ish called simply 'Today's Witching Hour' which will create a fresh 'space' for those who want to come online to talk to each other through those difficult hours of the evening when we'd usually start drinking….

In the main area there's also a 'Sober Toolbox' with 5 different pages in there (Getting Through Wine O'clock, Socialising Sober, Drink Alternatives, Sober Treats & Reading Material) that anyone and everyone is encouraged to add to with their own tips and ideas. And there's a 'Drink of the Week' page with fancy recipes and photos.. and a sobriety calculator... general information pages …. (am I giving too much away???!)…

Very exciting…! As I've been writing this post there are emails flying back and forth between me and the web designers and creators… we're all very busy tweaking and finalising things… cross fingers for tomorrow…!

So I'll post the web address up here tomorrow and then I'll be going quiet here for a while. Partly because I'll be busy on Living Sober.. and partly because I really want to encourage you guys over to the new space….

But I will be back here.. Mrs D Is Going Without is not going anywhere….

Love, Mrs D xxxx

43 comments:

  1. Ms Penelope DroppedAugust 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    By crikey you are fabulous!!

    See you there.

    Cheers!
    Penny

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  2. Woo hoo. I'm looking forward to it :)

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  3. Soooooo looking forward to this! You really do Rock n Roll Mrs D! Thank you!

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  4. Well done on getting this far, Lotta. Launching websites is a nightmare - keeping them going even more so (trust me, I know!) - but SOOOO rewarding. Yours will be great, just look at the fabulous community you have just waiting for it. Love the idea of late afternoon live support, from you and the community. It will rock!!! I'll be there with bells on. Can't wait!

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  5. Hooray you! Well done for getting all this together. xo

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  6. Bring it on.. Only one more sleep

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  7. Really Exciting!! Cant wait! x

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  8. Yay! Well done Lotta. See you all there you wonderful people!

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  9. Very interested to see just how many join tomorrow - I am guessing there are more lurkers on this site than you realise....
    I wonder how much the supermarkets are noticing the drop in wine sales, am guessing it is having at least a small impact all over NZ.

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  10. Looking forward to it, excited to join. Thanks for all you've done.

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  11. Will definately be joining. I can't wait.

    Cherie xx

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  12. I hope we don't crash the server when we all clamour to sign up! Thank you so much for creating this space for the many of us who seem to find on-line sobriety the way to go. I'm glad you've seen new stationery as a priority though, because it AINT a new job without new stationery, and that's a rule. xxx

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  13. Just worked out how to add name. Doesn't seem to work on other blogs though as does not give name as option????
    Is there a bloggers for dummies site?

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  14. Ha Ha Amanda....that's how I felt just over 2 weeks ago. My son had to help me. Tomorrow all that will become much easier when Camp Mother launches the new website. YAY!!! Really looking forward to that. WELL DONE MRS D!! Thank you xo

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  15. Awesome! Looking foward to seeing the new site.

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  16. Just got out of the dentist. Root canal needed. The over riding thought is to buy a bottle of whiskey to numb the pain.... Will drive the long way home to avoid the bottle store.... Hopefully..

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    1. Root canals are not fun, Martin - stay strong! You've come so far. Just think how good you will feel in the morning if you don't give in today. You can do it. One minute at a time.

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    2. Ahhh you poor bugger. Yes - drive the long way home - still cheaper than the whiskey!!!

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  17. Well done Mrs D - sounds fantastic. Hey all - when we do the intros how about we put our town/city/region on so we can find each other if interested. Or we could put it on our sign. Who's going to be first to do a profile photo holding a sign??? I think mine may be in front of my face given I am paranoid that people may even recognise my legs!!! Is there a rule on how big the sign can be??

    All very exciting. Can't wait! Hope everyone is doing well. Its the witching hour!! But if you are on here then its bloody well likely that you aren't out there (in the kitchen, in the garage, in the laundry, etc). So stay here with us!

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  18. Whoo hoo -how exciting Lotta. I'm so pleased to be an inaugural member. I'm nervous about the photo thing also .Smallish town and all that. People will definitely recognize my hair. Oh well, I'm proud of being part of this revolution! I don't even know how to put photo on. That's what I have teenagers for I guess - roll on tomorrow :)

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  19. I am also excited to see the new website and this logo. I simply sent a connection to this post to three of my nieces and one sister in law.

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  20. Pan Face Sober HumourAugust 5, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Yay..

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  21. I am really looking forward to the launch also.:)

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  22. So excited for you and for us :) xx

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  23. I can't wait to join up either! I will definitely be wanting something to do in the Witching Hour. What a great idea! Like others I'm paranoid about my pic being identified so I won't be giving much info. It will be great to "see " you all on the new site!

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  24. Soooooo looking forward to tomorrow and the new website. Lotta you are doing an amazing job for us all I can't thank you enough. Gotta make a sign up so I can do a selfie. Hehe. See you all tomorrow in our new place. Nitery nite

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  25. I'm soooooo excited ! I'm in the states so the whole time thingy is confusing me. Just had to google the time in NZ right now and by my calculations by the witching hour here I should be able to log on to the new sight !!! :)

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  26. Hey Mrs D,

    Well fucking done.

    I am really proud of everything you have achieved and do you know what the best bit is?

    You might be thinking that your whole world has changed since you stopped drinking that wine, but I don’t even think it’s started yet. You are just scratching the surface of the new you. I can see an ability to help change the lives of thousands of people. That inspires me.

    Keep on keeping on.

    Much love

    Lee

    x

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    1. I totally agree with you Lee. Just awesome.

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  27. You are changing lives Mrs D.A big thank you from me and the thousands of people this will ultimately effect in our fabulous country and further.

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  28. A longtime overdueAugust 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Cannot wait!!! Great idea to post each day, at the rate you are going, we are going, there are newbies jumping on each day and for us already on the path, they truly help keep us on the straight and narrow. I wasn't prepared for the emotional rollercoaster. Naive when I think how drug addicts have big withdrawals (if what I have seen on tv is accurate). Read your wedding freak episode with laughter last night, you are me once again. Thank you Lotta.x

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  29. A longtime overdueAugust 6, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    NIGEL LATTA on alcohol currently on NewstalkZB with Leighton Smith, pick it up on the website for some encouraging facts ie. no heart health benefits and for women 10% increase in breast cancer. And be sure to watch his programme next week! I am sure Lotta will remind us on the new website.

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  30. Today is the day ..... holding breath .....

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  31. Oh, I hope it's up before I go to bed tonight...the excitement is killing. Think I'll calm my nerves with yet another glass of water...maybe I'll even add some lime.

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  32. Looking forward to it. Very excited. Day 3 for me today. X

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  33. Can't wait to see it. Greetings from New Jersey Mrs D (and everyone else). 22 months born again.

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  34. Apologies for me totally ruining your "blog hit" statistics today - I have probably hit refresh on your website 99 times waiting for the new website address! Lol look at all us hanging out for a sober website like we usually hang out for a drink.

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  35. How does one get to this new site?? I am keen to join... I need the support ... have not had a drink for 13 days..... really feel like one...... going for a walk in the rain....

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    1. http://www.livingsober.org.nz

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  36. YAY! So excited that everyone shares the good stuff about being sober. Thank you

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  37. Congratulations Mrs. D!!! I am so excited for you and so proud of all the work you have done to support advocacy. This is the good life, the good stuff and I just love you for spreading the knowledge and love!

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