The New Look
links + small things
One of the parts of this job that you don’t see is how often I sit right here working on my computer. If I’m honest, I *much* prefer the physical content creation part of what I do versus sitting here working on copywriting and the never-ending e-mails!
Nonetheless, they work hand in hand, and without this blog, you’re reading right now, I wouldn’t have had a place to share my beauty tips and hair tutorials when I started back in 2011.
This year was significant for The Small Things because it was the 10 year anniversary! I continue to be amazed and humbled that I have the opportunity to do what I love and share it with you.
It’s been a journey unlike anything I could have imagined, and I’m so grateful for your support, interactions, and love over the years.
While I loved my old design, it was in need of a bit of a refresh. Users are interacting with blogs differently than they were even just 5 years ago, so I worked with my designer to make the site very user-focused.
We made sure to add an easy-to-locate “search” bar to the top of the site. More often than not, blog readers come to the site in search of a specific topic. My previous search bar wasn’t as much of a focal point, so I hope this search box makes it easy for you to find what you’re looking for.
We also set up the archived posts to display in chronological order. This was a frustration of mine for a long time. If you searched, for example, “pink lipstick” you were served old blog posts from 2011-2021. It wasn’t clear when they were published, and it made it challenging to look for something I may have discussed recently. So, the home page of the site will have the 5 most recent posts, and if you hit any of the main navigation words on the top right of the page (like “style” or “beauty”), you’ll see the posts in order of when they were published.
Another main feature is providing a way to share videos right here on the site that primarily live on Instagram. There isn’t a super beautiful way to do this other than manually uploading to YouTube and providing the link for you here, but I do think there is potential for change here in the future with the importance of social media video.
So, while the Instagram section in the middle of the site will send you over to my Instagram page, the “Video Things” section will send you to my YouTube channel so you can watch those videos that way.
My “Frequently Asked Questions” page will continue to grow, and the promo codes featured toward the bottom of my site will be continually changing as well. Amanda and I will continue to post current promo codes on every Friday’s links + things blog post too, don’t worry!
I’m also very excited about how mobile-friendly this new design is. It should be easier than ever to find what you’re looking for!
As with any major design overhaul, it takes a bit of time and care to iron out any wrinkles. Overall, I’m so thrilled with the design, and I hope you love it too!