I’m so excited to finally announce my new blog design! The lovely Emily from June Lily Studio, who was so patient and supportive with me, gave my site a much needed face lift. Thank you Emily!
I love change and with this re-design I wanted to focus on navigation. After blogging for almost 5 years older posts were getting harder and harder to find. So I’ve added a second nav bar above to highlight my blog categories, all contained under 6 main headings:
Learn to Organize
The Life of an Org Junkie
Clicking on a particular heading will give you a drop down box of individual categories to choose from. I’m still in the process of cleaning up all these individual categories to tighten them up a bit. Having a category called “organizing” isn’t particularly helpful on an organizing blog is it? So over the next couple of weeks I will concentrate on getting those more organized for you.
Next on the right hand side of the top header you’ll see a serious of 6 circle buttons. These buttons are grouped together to make it easy to connect with me outside of my site. You’ll find links to Contact Me (envelope), Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, You Tube and Subscribe. Clicking on the subscribe button will take you to a page with two options for subscribing…via email updates and via feed reader. Check it out!
Then under that you’ll notice I’ve got a nifty orange tab box (so love the organization of that!) where you’ll be able to search my blog for something specific or by date. Those still need some tweaking as well to make them more user friendly so please be patient with me. I also need to ask for patience on the free ebook I’m dangling there in front of you but still trying to complete. It’s coming along but I want to pretty it up still and since those skills aren’t really my forte it will take me a bit longer to accomplish. Sorry!
The last orange tab is the code for the new button that Emily created for me. If you’d like the code yourself to add a button to your site, just click on the OJ Button tab. Thanks!
At the bottom of each of my posts you’ll see I added the LinkWithin plugin. This plugin automatically selects four more posts that you might also like to read. It’s another way to introduce to my new readers some of my older posts.
Right under that you’ll see four tiny social media boxes. If you like any particular post that I’ve written please feel free to click any one of those boxes to share the post with your friends on either Twitter or Facebook. I’d be really appreciative!
The top menu bar is pretty much the same but I’ve now added a Contribute tab. I really love to interact and feature my readers whenever I can. Please check out the tab if you are interested in how you can participate.
As you can also see I’ve introduced a little more color around here as well. I really enjoyed the white space of the last design but after a long winter it was time to add some fun color back into my life :) I really love these colors and I hope you do too.
Oh and I almost forgot to mention that I now have a homepage! When you come to my site via orgjunkie.com you’ll be taken to my homepage which is similar to the blog but different. That’s why you’ll now also see a blog tab in the top nav bar. Home takes you to the homepage, blog takes you to the blog. Whichever tab you’re on will be green so you won’t get lost, isn’t that fun!
Well friends that’s about it. I sure do hope you find the changes helpful. Take a look around and let me know what you think!
Have a great weekend everyone!
PS: I’ve got another book signing tomorrow (Saturday) in Edmonton this time at Chapters on 82nd Ave. I’ll be there between 1 and 3 pm.