Tuesday, October 11, 2011

So Fresh and So New

You may have noticed that I've been messing with the look of the blog.  Or you could be like me and never leave google reader unless you feel inspired to comment, in that case you probably haven't looked at the actual website in ages.  Well, it's been cleaned up and reorganized over the last few weeks.

You might notice:
  • A new photo (the view from our porch) for our header
  • New font throughout, blue words are links
  • All of the tabs along the top have been updated and reorganized with a new Baby tab added
  • You can use the links to this post feature at the bottom of posts
Along the right of the page you may see some new gadgets including:
  • An email feed.  Enter your email address in the box to get each new post sent to your inbox.  Supposedly.  Let me know if this works
  • A counter to help you keep track of Scout's growth (instead of the pregnancy counter that was still weirdly ticking away)
  • Some new pictures
  • Links to scrapbook pages, recipes, and other topics in slightly different places, sorted by topic.
  • Links to posts about family and friends have been moved up to the tabs along the top of the page.
I need help, really I do:
  • I didn't check every single link.  If you find one that doesn't work, will you let me know?  Email or comment is fine.
  • Our friend's list is getting long.  How long do you leave a friend's blog up if they haven't updated in a while?
  • I know I forgot some friends.  If your blog isn't on there, will you let me know so I can add it to the list?  Pretty please?  I mean really, go to the tab and check for your name.
  • Also and finally, I know that people don't call their blogs by their first and last name.  But I can't think of any other way to keep the friends and family lists organized.  Is it weird to use people's names on the list instead of the cute blog names they have come up with? 

1 comment:

Robin said...

Based on what I've seen from following the blogs of both people who I have and haven't met in person, the internet etiquette seems to be to link to the Blog/Website's name rather than the name(s) of the Blog/Website's writer(s). The exception is if the writer uses his/her name in the Blog/Website title. For example, a blog titled "The Perkins Family Blog" could be linked exactly like that, but if the same family named their blog with a catchy title you would link to the catchy title.

This practice also helps limit visitor traffic based on searching for someone's name in Google. Sharing information about your life on the internet can never really be "controlled" but a blog can be a more private venue for sharing, as compared to a social networking site, for example. Personally, I don't mind being linked from other sites/blogs, but I'd prefer that my blog name be used in the link rather than my complete name. I haven't found it necessary to password protect my blog, but at the same time, I don't list it on FB and I haven't shared it with *everyone* I know.

Just my two cents on the issue. I'd be interested to hear what other people have to say. I also wonder about linking to blogs that haven't been updated for several months. I want to clean up and reorganize my site just like you did recently, and I'm toying with the idea of creating a category for "blogs on sabbatical" or something to that effect. Still mulling it over...