The Makeover Process: Blog Redesign
Welcome! I’m so glad you are here! It’s great to finally be able to share what I’ve been working on behind the scenes for a few months.
The blog is now on WordPress. If you aren’t a blogger, or have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry–it’s not important and doesn’t really mean anything. For the people that understand the “blogspot versus wordpress” world, I’m looking forward to getting comfortable on the new site.
Have you ever moved into a different house? The hardest thing to learn is where the light switches are located. And that reality always hits in the middle of the night, right? I’ve spent a few nights running my hands against the wall in a pitch black, unfamiliar house trying to flip the switch.
And that’s a little bit how I feel right now. I’m excited to be here, I love how it looks, and I just need to find the light-switches and really learn the place.
I originally considered switching to WordPress in January of 2013. I remember becoming sort of fixated on it, and spent hours researching how to migrate blogger blogs to wordpress. It looked pretty daunting, and I wasn’t sure that was a direction I wanted to go.
And then, with a little more thought during the year, I decided that it was time. I found Katelyn Brooke Designs and knew she would be a great fit. I got on her schedule, and my time on blogger suddenly had an expiration date.
Kate did such a great job on my new design. She got my vision almost immediately and it didn’t take long before the bulk of the site was decided upon and we were left going through details.
Is font the hardest thing to decide on, or what?
My goal with any redesign, and I’ve done my fair share over the years, is to make it easier for you to find things. I’m very happy to tell you I finally have a hair gallery! The hairstyles are divided into sections, like braided or styling, and should be easier to locate. There are still some edits that need to happen within the gallery to make it a little prettier, but it’s full functioning and ready to be explored.
As always, there’s a search box in the sidebar on the right, so you can type in whatever you want to look for and it will bring information up about it if I’ve written about it.
It may take a few visits before it feels comfortable, but I do hope you like it!
Jordan Maunder was kind enough to take a few head shots for me, which is a chore let me just tell you! The girl is absolutely hilarious. I’m sure she had to edit through 50 shots of me laughing (see above) because I could not stop cracking up at her. She’s truly gifted, both in photography and humor. I know next to nothing about photography, but I can tell when a photographer has “the gift”. . . and she has it.
Kelly at Twenty70Hosting is my host. I was referred to her from a few other bloggers and so far have had a fantastic experience. She has kept me informed about everything that is going on on her end, which is really great. I only wish I understood a single thing she was talking about.
A lot of our e-mailing has been like this:
“Kate, [insert words about coding, servers, domains and techy things] .” -Kelly
“Okay cool. So it’ll still be www.thesmallthingsblog.com, right?” -me
“Okay, go ahead and do what you gotta do.” -me
It’s as if she’s speaking an entirely different language. My eyes glaze over and I simply hit “command-shift-3” to take a screen shot and “save for later investigation”. She has been great about answering all my questions, and has fixed quite a few issues that pop up during a migration. If you ever consider making a switch to wordpress, or simply need a new host, check her out.
So like I mentioned earlier, there are still a few wrinkles to iron out and light switches to find, but I really hope you enjoy the new blog!