Change is a good thing :)

Sunday, April 18

Hey all!

Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, then again they say there is no rest for the wicked.  Today I decided to go ahead and make the new blog design live, despite it not really being finished.  I had wanted to have it all done and "perfect", but with as crazy as my life has been recently who knows when that will actually happen, so instead of 100% done you get 80% done.  I finally came to the realization that a blog is always evolving anyways, and thinking that it will ever truly be "done" is unrealistic, not to mention that after working on the new design I really disliked the old one.

For the most part the look of the blog will remain the same.  The only things that still need to be finished is the navigation tool, which will be a drop down menu instead of just a few links in the menu that you see now, and the supporting pages that will list things like my review policy, my ratings guide...The pages are there, but until they are completed you will see a helpful Muse construction worker to let you know you're viewing a part of the blog that isn't completed yet.

I'd love to know what you think.  I'd also be interested to know how quickly the blog loads for you.  I have high speed internet, but an old computer. It takes a little longer than the old design, but didn't seem too bad to me.  I think the Facebook app is one thing that may need to go, or change, as it seems to slow down everything else when it is loading. There are a also few design quirks that I noticed using Internet Explorer that weren't there in Firefox so I will need to troubleshoot those at some point....and a "recent posts" widget that didn't transfer properly that I will have to re-add later.

Overall I am very happy with it. The idea for a new design started last year as I wanted to mark my one year anniversary with a new look that I felt better reflected what my blog represents.  This month marks my one year anniversary of blogging and I finally think that the blog has the "feel" and look that I've always wanted thanks in large part due to the absolutely gorgeous banner image that Barbara from the former Happily Forever After blog created for me.  Everything else was designed around what she created and I can't thank her enough for all of her help.  Barbara if you are reading this YOU ROCK!

Let me know what you think.  Any and all feedback will be greatly appreciated.  You can leave a comment, or use the new handy dandy contact form :)  Have a great rest of the weekend!

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Cecile April 18, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

oh very nice hon!!!
hope all is well.

Booklover1335 April 19, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

Hey Cecile,
Thanks for asking. Everything is fine, just busier than expected. Part of it is my fault, and other things just kind of happened that are beyond my control but are taking up a lot of time. I wouldn't change anything, except maybe being an efficiency goddess so that I could get everything done that I need to :) Since that's never going to happen I just need to accept and do the best I can

Scorpio M. April 19, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw: Me like! Me likey very much!

It looks great, loads normal (fast enough for me, at least), no stalling or anything. The fonts & color schemes are easier to read. Overall, a very nice upgrade. It feels brighter & more energetic.

Great work :)

Kathleen O April 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

It looks great, and like you I have high speed internet, but, an older computer..
It really looks a classy webiste and I love looking a the Monday Muse... always inspires me...

PS I sent you an email with my mailing address for book I won...

librarypat,  April 19, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

Looking good and loads fine.

jacabur1 April 19, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

Works fine, loads normally and looks great so if you are happy than that is all that matters.

jackie b central texas

Ina April 22, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

wow, your new site looks fantastic :)
and it looks like 100 % ;)
greetings, Ina

Barbara April 22, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

Thanks Carrie!! It was my pleasure :D

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