Blog Makeover

I've really loved my time with this blog.  I have grown to look forward to posting and writing has been a way for me to get away from life for awhile.  I stopped and took a look around one day, and the thought occurred to me, "This place has potential."  I stepped back, and began researching other successful blogs.  What made them tick? What makes people come back? There's the obvious: the writing is interesting, the content is relevant to their lives and the person seems like a friend. There's also the subtle touches that keep readers coming back for more:  color, enjoyable photography, design, links, etc.  The Pinterest type world we live in today has raised the bar for all bloggers and I thought it was about time I started reaching for that bar.

I am not completely satisfied with everything yet.  I'm still learning the HTML codes and the CSS feeds that help make blogs fantastic.  It's like learning a language with clicks and whistles--nearly impossible; but I want this blog to be successful and I want it to be something I'm proud of.  

Today, I'm going to go through some of the new things you'll be seeing on this page and some of the new, exciting things you can be expecting:

New Colors:
I love pastels, and because of my love for them, I wanted to use them to help accent the atmosphere of my blog.  I added pale yellow, peach, mint, blue and some tan to random places throughout the blog as well as a quilt photo, with the blog title on it, from figtreequilts on, which displays all of the pale, pastel colors I was going for.

About Me:
To the left of this post you will see a picture of myself and a little tag line about the blog.  I used to have a really long blog description and because of how much space it consumed I condensed it.  My picture also appears on the Internet tab at the top of your screen. 

New Navigation Bar:
Below the header image of the quilt, you will see a new navigation bar which allows you to go to the home page or the page which holds the week's most popular posts.

Popular Page:
I created the popular page so that those new to my blog could easily see what is most visited on the site.  I have future plans as to how I may grow this particular part but for now the top 5 visited posts of the week will remain on the page.

Instagram Feed:
To the right, you'll see my 8 most recent Instagram photos.

Blog Archive:
This has been there from the beginning, but I changed the colors and and placed it on the left.  This allows you guys to peruse all my past posts in order by month, day, etc.

Now, here are some of the more exciting changes to my blog:

Join This Site Button:
This part makes me super excited, you guys! I know following by email has always been an option but this is going to help me know how many readers I have and it will also enable more feedback from you all. 
To use: 
1. Click that blue button!
2. Choose whether to follow by your Google information, your Yahoo information or your Twitter account.
(spoiler: I have yet to test out the twitter part so if it does not work the way it is supposed to comment below and I will try and fix it.)
3. You are now following me! Welcome, kindred spirit.

Social Media Buttons:
A simple click of those lovely buttons to your right will take you right to my Pinterest, my Twitter and my Instagram where you can follow me on a more simple basis.  

Pin It Button:
On all of my photos you now have the option to pin what you love!  Just run your mouse over the photo you wish to pin and it will direct you to log into Pinterest and you can go from there.

Follow By Email:
Like I said before, it's always been there, but now it's a different color and it should be easier to use.  

And now, for the most exciting news of them all *insert drum roll*.....

Guys, I'm doing giveaways.  I have been blessed by so many new opportunities with this blog and one of them has been giveaways! I have quite a few lined up for the next few months so stay posted to enter.  Remember that Join This Site button? It may or may not come in handy when it comes to giveaways...*insert mysterious music*...

This has been an amazing experience so far and I am looking forward to how it will continue.  I have a lot more I am seeking at changing but for now, this is the new and improved Novelties and Trinkets.

Enjoy, my friends,