You may have noticed that everything is different now! I took the last few months of the year planning and plotting the changes that I would be doing around here. Each one had been carefully thought out and reviewed several times before I made any final decisions. So, what has changed?
In a word……everything! I went through every policy, every page, every tag or category and decided what I wanted to be and what I wanted it to say. None of this was taken likely and of course all past articles are still the same. Over the course of the next few days I will be sharing articles with you about the major changes. I didn’t want to overload you with information. I changed the logo (the meaning behind it is coming) as well as the theme which you actually saw last month. I Let me give you the penny tour around here.
The New Logo and Images
Deciding on a new logo for this new year and turning point in my blogging life was not easy. There were so many ways to go and I honestly had no clue which way I wanted to go. The one thing that I did know was that I wanted to stick with purple because I am so fond of it. So, I went in search of various logos to see what I could find. I spent days searching all over the place and finally one morning on Etsy I stumbled across what you now see. The really deep purple on the background is just awesome and I love all of the other colors which you will notice I have incorporated through out not only the blog but also my images. I added a light pink in the background simply because I thought it set everything off so nicely.
Another thing that you will notice is that I have a set of images that I am using for my featured image. This was done as a way to brand things a little better. You will know right away if I am doing a review because you will see the iPad with flowers image on the homepage. It is just a way to separate things out a bit and make things look more pulled together. Once you get to the blog post itself you will find all of the other images. You will also notice that almost every image (aside from review images) has some sort of purple in there. I wanted to really pull the brand together this year.
The New Sidebar
If you look to the right, you will see the new sidebar. There you will find my social media links as well as the newsletter subscribe (big hint there is a giveaway in every single newsletter this year.) There will be an article about the newsletter in the next day or so. You can see a few ads and products that I love or use. Please note that some of those links are affiliate and I could earn a small amount if you click them. That is one of the ways that I make money. Some of those ads will change from time to time and be updated. I will try to keep that fresh for you.
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The current giveaways are over there as well although I did think about taking them out of the sidebar altogether. They are text links rather than images to help break things up a bit. I didn’t want to fill the sidebar with images and have you all on sensory overload. This will just be a sort of trial run with them this way until we see how things go.
The New Footer
The footer has undergone a few changes as well. Now you see the thank you for stopping by as well as some navigation links that you may like to use. I wanted it all to look nice and clean and to be honest most footers are just information anyway. Also I have added my Instagram feed because I think it is something fun. Just a sort of last second look at pictures and things in my life. I am going to work on being over at Instagram more this year.
Share Your Thoughts
What do you think of the look so far? Anything you want different or you think I need to add or even take away?