If you’re a regular around here, you might have noticed that a few things have changed with this blog. Allow me to introduce you to Merrypad 2.0, the same great content in shiny new packaging.
My first-ever major blog overhaul has been in the works for a few months; in fact, Pete (my dedicated web designer and husband) and our developer compadre almost had it live in early November, but the final adjustments fell in my lap and were lower on my to-do list than pulling off our DIY-intensive wedding, so I only just got around to making things happen again. I’m back baby, and here it is, it’s here, the new site is finally here. If you’re on a reader, this would be a good time to click on over to the main site and see it in real-mode.
It’s going to take me awhile to get used to it. She’s so new, I’m afraid I’m gonna break her. And really, there are still a lot of things I need to do to make it perfect, but so far in all of my scouring and testing, it all seems to be presenting in a nice, easy-to-navigate way and I hope you think the same. Let’s drink to that.
Since its inception in November 2010, Pete and I have made only modest changes to the blog, doing things like changing the background image, the headers, the typefaces, but never have we switched WordPress themes, and the old merrypad was sooo Twenty Ten. Just call this our DIY blog overhaul; the re-skinned blog is a custom iteration of a theme we found, liked, and purchased from ThemeForest. At this point, I worked hard to keep the general architecture and site layout similar to what you’ve been seeing in the past (including all of the same brand elements–logo, tagline, and wooden accents), just updated a little bit to fit the ever-evolving me.
Some of my favorite new features include the look of the new navigation (now in the upper right), the size of the images (now much larger, which I love), and the category presentation (just check out how the DIY Network category presents itself). The right hand sidebar is narrower than it was before, making the text area markedly wider than you’re used to, and consequently, all of the posts now look shorter. I also made sure that there was an easy email subscription sign-up (look for it in two places: in the side bar beneath the DIY Network button, and in the footer on this page), and updated my press section with a few new amazing features, one from Charles & Hudson, and another from ProBlogger.
In the meantime, poke around, test it out, and please let me know if anything seems wrong-o. Thanks for all of the support over the years, I wouldn’t be here without you!