Welcome to My New Blog…Kind of

Welcome to my new blog…kind of. If you visited my blog yesterday, you saw that I had planned to change things up. I originally was just going to go with a simple header, button, sidebar labels, and background change. So I did it, but then I wanted to see what other themes WordPress had to offer. I went through so many and finally settled on the one you are seeing now. I had to add another color to my header in order for the theme to really work for my graphics. I’m really satisfied with how everything came out. There are a couple of things I want to be nitpicky about, but I’m just going to go forward and see if these things end up growing on me. Also, I appreciated all your kind words yesterday. You all are amazing. And one last thing, isn’t my new button so pretty? I love it so much.

This is the last, last thing. For WordPress users, do you get conflicting follower counts? When I click on my blog on my phone is says one thing (specifically in the app), but when I look at my stats in the insights section it says another. Yesterday I discovered a completely different number when I was looking at my follow my blog by email widget. Anyone know which of these is the correct number?

Tell me what you think of the new layout! Have you ever gone through a dramatic blog change? Did you ever regret it? What do you wish you would have done differently? Let’s talk in the comments!

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This Blog Is Under Construction

You might have seen me tweet this past week about spending time on a new header and button for my blog. The truth is, I’ve been contemplating a change for my blog for a while and I just haven’t been able to come up with any ideas that I liked. Fast forward to today. I’ve been mulling over a potential change and after a few days of going back and forth about whether my header was good enough, I decided that yes it is.

Then there were other things to consider when changing my header. I made new graphic labels for my sidebar (already changed) and various other graphics that I use for my site’s posts. It took me longer than I will admit here. Bear with me today and potential tomorrow when my blog will be undergoing these changes. I have everything prepared except for my background, so that’s something that you will definitely see changing throughout the day. I might need to tinker with a few things here and there, so don’t be surprised if it looks one way now and then another when you visit again. Thank you for your patience and hopefully I don’t do a complete 180 and go back to what it was before. Wish me luck!

Taking a Little Hiatus

Super quick announcement. This is a somewhat unplanned, spur-of-the-moment, but-really-it’s-about-that-time-of-year kind of hiatus. I think last year I took a week or two hiatus at the end of March, so this year it’s happening a little early. I will be away from the blog February 25th through March 8th. I really didn’t have the details of this planned out and so I have two Top Ten Tuesday posts and a review in my drafts that need to go up while I’m away. I’ll do my best to catch up on comments with those, but right now I’m not going to make any promises. If I end up with a high volume of comments, I might just let myself off the hook. While I’m away, I won’t be working on the blog (except to cross-post my review and add my TTT posts to the link-up) or responding to comments. I might still blog hop while on hiatus, but I’m not sure yet, so if you see me in you comments, don’t be surprised. You can still find me on Twitter and by email if you need to reach me. I will be back on March 9th with a late monthly wrap-up post for February. See you all soon!

Annual Hiatus Announcement

This is the third time I am going on hiatus around the same time, so I might as well call it an annual hiatus. I don’t know about you, but my life gets extra busy in November. As much as I would love for the holiday break to translate to more time reading and more time blogging, it usually means I don’t have much time for either. Having a mostly Type A personality, I stress big time during this period and blogging is just another thing on my plate that I have to keep up with.

One thing that I’ve learned being a blogger for several years now is how important giving yourself a break is. This year I will be away from the blog starting tomorrow (November 14th) through December 1st. I will be back that Sunday with a monthly wrap-up post for November. While I am away, I have one blog post that will go up. While working on Top Ten Tuesday posts ahead of schedule (yes, I am that blogger), I could not resist November 27th’s topic (Platonic Relationships in Books). I have this one scheduled and ready to go, but aside from linking to said post in the weekly Top Ten Tuesday link-up, I will be away from the blog completely. I will still be on Twitter if you need to reach me or by email. Hope the rest of your November is wonderful and I will see you when I get back!