10.25.2011

A few changes . . .

I am making a few changes around here.  Ultimately, I would like to change my blog to a more polished looking blog, but I am still learning the ropes.   I feel this is going to be a slow, never-ending process.

The main three things that have changed up to this date are
1. I am no longer typing using center format, which is driving me a little nuts at the moment, but I will get use to it.
2.  I have allowed ALL my links to open in a new window for easier browsing.  If you are anything like me, I easily get distracted and hate to try to find my way back to the main post I was reading.
3.  I have added a new page titled "Magazine Files."  This page is ultimately for me.  It's a place for me to publicly store my magazine clippings.  I wanted to share them publicly, so you can access some of the things that inspire me.  Most of these clippings are old, and I get a lot of them from the magazines I subscribe to like BHG, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, and Family Fun.  I also dumpster dive for my magazines, so I collect random magazines throughout the year.

Is there anything you notice that my blog needs attending to?  I want to make my blog accessible and easy to read without any frustrations.  Basically, if you like my blog, I want you to come back!

 As for the overall look of my blog, I am working on that too.  I didn't realize how difficult it is, well for me at least, to put together what every other beautiful blog has.  I just need to fork out the money for a web designer.  :)

If you have any suggestions, they are most welcomed, unless comments are rude, then they will be deleted. :)  Not to be a meany, it's just that I don't want this to be a place of negativity.  There's a way to say stuff nicely without offending, and it is called constructive criticism.

I LOVE comments though, so leave one for me that might help me (us) out!!

P.s.- I do have a bad habit of starting sentences with conjunctions, but I feel this blog is not an English essay.  This is something that is part of me, and it might drive some people nuts.  If it really, really bothers my readers, I will try to change that.  Pinky promise.  But (LOL) if I don't hear about it, I am not changing it.

11 comments:

  1. I love your background and links that pen up in new tabs - but the font of your posts is very light and hard to read I usually have to highlight it(and I'm under 30!)

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  2. Thank you SO much for the heads up! The blue font on my Mac is dark, so I would have never thought it hard to read. Changing this pronto.

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  3. oops. I meant gray, but you can see the blue clearly, right?

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  4. Okay, I changed the gray font to black. I hope this helps. Thank you Jen!

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  5. I love your blog and love reading it- I have lots of blogs in my google reader but yours is the only one that I actually get in my e-mail inbox...I like it THAT much :) Great job! I don't really have any criticism- for me its not so much about the format as the content- and you've got that one down!

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  6. Aleesha ~ I am so happy to hear that you like my blog so much! It truly makes me happy to know people are enjoying the happenings around here. Love ya girl!

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  7. I definitely agree with the font thing. I was highlighting it too! But I have bad eyes so I figured it was just my problem! Your blog is so clean and fresh looking already! I guess a little more color or icons might help it look more "polished" but I really like it. And don't worry about starting sentences with conjunctions. I like your posts because it feels like we're having a conversation, even though we don't know one another.

    I would like to change my blog too. I just started blogging since becoming a stay-at-home mom, but any advice would help! Go take a look: www.mommyforreals.blogspot.com

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  8. If you're looking for comments and suggestions, here's another regarding font. Just so you know where it's coming from, I'm a research librarian who spends a great deal of time all over the internet. That said, I find your chosen font uncomfortable to read. It's slightly on the smallish side for a font with seraphs and, in general, seraphs are not as internet friendly as sans seraphs. If you do a little search using the words "best" "fonts" "web" "design", you'll come up with a lot of options. Also try replacing "best" with "tips" in your search. I'll bet you'll learn something about font design, readability, and many other helpful recommendations as well.

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  9. Thank you Heather! I went to some of my favorite bloggers who have thousands of followers (not that that is important or anything) and sure enough most of them are using sans serif. I did a comparison of the two by using my blog and another's blog, and my husband and I both agreed sans serif was a lot cleaner and easier to read. I really do like the "look" of serif, but after the comparison, sans serif is easier on the eyes. I will definitely look into some fonts to find one that I feel expresses me as a person but doesn't hurt our eyes! :)

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  10. Your blog looks fabulous. I am looking into a face lift on mine pretty soon too. I may just have to go to a professional...no time to figure everything out anymore.

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  11. If you want to go a more professional style. Check us out (click our name for link)

    Best Regards,
    BlogMakeOver Team

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