Thank you so much everyone for your kind words about my new site! They really mean a lot to me especially after working so hard to make it happen! Of course I didn’t do it alone. Shaz from Swank Web Style was the designer I hired to help me and she was absolutely fabulous to work with. I’ll tell you right now working with me is no easy feat! I’m very particular about what I want and I’m obsessed with the details. Put it this way, I wouldn’t want to work with me…lol. Shaz somehow read my mind though and nailed what I wanted on only the second draft. I’m so happy with it. Thank you Shaz for putting up with my gazillion emails.
Despite loving my old blog design, I decided many months ago that it was time for a change. I was tired of the same old same old, my site was slowing down, I wanted to move to my own domain and I just knew that to continue to grow my blog I needed a little more flexibility than Blogger offered. For instance, I wanted to have static pages (pages that don’t publish to the feeds each time I update them), I wanted to be able to publish pdf files, I wanted to be able to auto post and I generally wanted it be a little more organized. I needed to clear out the clutter.
After reading many reviews about WordPress.org and visiting many WordPress blogs I decided that this platform would meet my needs. I’d only worked on WordPress briefly before with the Compass Life blog and then the Stacks and Stacks blog but I liked what I saw and so far I’m finding it pretty easy to manage. I’m having some trouble working with the pictures though because when I upload them from my hard drive they are much too big and take a long time to load. I’m curious if most people compress their pictures in some type of photo editor before doing the upload. Shaz added the Image Editor plugin for me but I’m still trying to figure it out. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
As for the design I absolutely knew that I would be keeping the bookcase, chair and lamp. I love that picture and the colors are so me. It was important to me that I retain the image of I’m an Organizing Junkie while still infusing a new fresh and fun design. It was Shaz who created and added the flowers and I am thrilled with the way they add a flare of fun to the organized space of the bookshelf. That’s exactly how I hope my readers feel about my site when they visit me here…an organized yet fun place to be!
I also thought with a new look that it might be time to show my face. I’ve added a picture of me to the About Me page, did anyone notice the fact that my baskets match my blog? I told you I was crazy about the details…lol. Clearly that should tell you that you don’t have to worry because even though I have a new look, the Freak is here to stay!