A New Look. Finally.

I have lots of new post ideas swimming around in my brain right now. I was working on one of them last night while drinking a glass of wine. I’m a big lightweight (and the glass was quite full to start), so I decided I was a bit tipsy and needed to take a break from writing.

While taking said break, I happened to see that my blog’s appearance has changed yet again. You might have noticed that it has gone through several changes in the past few months. I think it’s finally finished. I’m so happy with the final product, I want to give credit where credit is due. You know I sure as heck didn’t do all that by myself!

A little back story:

I switched to WordPress in the summer of 2012. I like a lot of things about WordPress, but it is not user-friendly in the design area. I struggled mightily to make my blog look the way I wanted it to. Finally I mostly gave up, but I was never quite happy with it.

A few months ago, I read on fellow-blogger Bonnie’s site that she had begun offering blog consulting services. I decided to hire her to take a look at my blog and give me some suggestions. Boy, did she give me some suggestions!! She was so helpful in many ways (very worth the money and highly recommended), but one thing she said right up front, that I already knew but had been dragging my feet on doing anything about, was that my blog looked boring and was not engaging (she was very honest, which is why I hired her!). I started making some of the changes she suggested, including trying to improve the appearance of the blog. I made a little bit of progress, but darn WordPress. I just couldn’t figure it out well enough to make the blog look how I really wanted it.

Then, I decided to ask dear Nell if she could give me any tips on how she got her blog looking so gorgeous (I could tell by looking that hers seemed to also be a WordPress site) and/or if she could point me in the direction of a trusted web designer who could help me. She gave me lots of tips and then gave me the name of her guy, Joseph.

Joseph did the rest. Isn’t it so much better than it used to be?

I’m still working on making several other changes. I redid my About Me page and have some other work to do on the Conversion tab (it needs to be better organized). But I’m so happy overall with the new look. Big thanks to Bonnie, Nell, and Joseph, for all the help, and to you for being patient with the constant changes recently!

Maybe tonight I’ll finish the post that I abandoned due to the wine 🙂

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