November 20, 2014

All shiny and new!

Looky! Looky looky! I got a new blog design!

It’s a weird thing, but I get more excited about redecorating the blog than I do redecorating my house.

I’ve been using Fran at Freeborboleta for Blog Design for…what, 2 years? A while anyway. I LOVE working with Fran! She puts up with my vague descriptions (“I like color”) and my indecision (“can we try it both ways, just to see?”) and somehow out of the chaos manages to come up with a design that blows me away and makes me feel happy :)

And it was time for a revamp. I needed to acknowledge the newest member of the SoldierMan household, I wanted to rearrange some things anyway, and I just had the itch. It hits me every year or so.

I couldn’t be happier with the result – the best part is, Fran gives discounts – both a military discount, AND a stackable return customer discount! Um, yes please! Thanks to the discounts I was also able to get coordinating facebook graphics and a contact card design I’m going to get printed…right after Christmas (when I have mo’ money :p).

If you’re in the market for a new blog design (or hey, add it to your Christmas wish list that you give your spouse…everyone does that, right?) you MUST check out Freeborboleta!

Other changes on the blog -

I pared down my title bar up there. You may or may not notice Movie Monday is gone. I loved doing Movie Mondays, but honestly I can’t keep up with it right now. Also, they were my least popular posts (hence my slowly weakening faith in humanity). You can still find them by searching for them. And maybe when I get back into a groove I’ll bring it back.

I’ve updated my Partner Policies. That’s a work in progress.

Biggest change – I’ve added a section of blogs I like to read. Allow me an explanation: When I started blogging, everyone had these really cute blog buttons that we’d all swap and have listed (or scrolling! remember the scrolling blog buttons??) on our sidebars and it was fun.

Then, slowly, people started needing to pay money to have their buttons somewhere. And that’s fine, but, maybe it’s just me, I noticed the blog buttons starting to disappear.

And it just wasn’t as fun anymore.

I was guilty of this. Wanting to do the whole “sponsoring” thing. Not a bad idea, in principle. Monotizing, I mean. But, in retrospect, I think targeting BB friends I’d been swapping buttons with for years was a bad idea.

So, I’ve resurrected the button display section of this blog – up there in the titlebar! It’s a work in progress, as I read and run across blog friends and find their buttons, it will grow. And as I add BBs, it will grow. And there are a couple of blogs that I like that don’t have buttons, but I like them and want them included anyway. Check them out, too.

I’ve updated the Meet Us section. That’s also a work in progress – pictures specifically are coming.

Oh, and I’ve added all my social media linkups on the left – facebook, twitter, bloglovin, all that stuff. If we haven’t linked up that way yet, now’s a great time to!

And new share buttons at the bottom of every post for your convenience :)

So…yeah. I think that’s everything. Welcome to my new space!


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