Do you ever have that feeling that you just need to change things around. Move the furniture, add some new plants to the garden, try a new craft. Well lately I have had that feeling. The need to change things up a bit. Smarten them up, make them easier to use.
So, after some thinking I have started to come up with a plan of action for what I want to do. The first thing is to make a list - of course! I do love lists, but you know that already don't you.
My list is still a Work In Progress (WIP), but one of the first things to tackle is my blog. That means that amongst other things Love Made My Home is undergoing a bit of a renovation!
I decided that as it is my blogaversary next month it was time for a refresh. A midlife crisis for a blog? Can a blog that is only a couple of years old be old enough to have a crisis I wonder!! Indeed, can a blog have a crisis.. Best to move on I think. The content and my writing style will remain the same, still crafting and happy, but hopefully Love Made My Home will be easier to use and find things.
It isn't me that is having a midlife crisis by the way. Just my blog layout!!
One of the reasons that I want to do this is the difficulty that I have in finding my old posts. After all, if I know they are there and I cannot find them, what chance do you have of locating them!
An example in point. Recently I was browsing the internet looking for information on an egg cup that I own, and the first page that came up in the search was for my very own blog. Yet I had no idea that I had ever even mentioned said egg cup online! Scary huh!
I have also been trying to make sure to renovate my following list. Not taking anyone off the list of course, just adding new people in.
So I hope that I have been by everyones blog who has commented for the first time recently and I am now following you - with Bloglovin - but if I have missed you, please let me know! I really like to read the blogs of my readers as that is part of the fun isn't it!
I imagine that new commenters are new followers, but again if you have started following me recently and I haven't stopped by your blog, perhaps you could also let me know! As much as I hate to admit it, I sometimes lose track of where I have got to with visiting your blogs. Terrible I know. Sorry!!
This week I made a start with adding some social media icons - just now they up there, top right of the sidebar. They will be changing though! Wrong colour and size!! Don't worry though if things change, appear or disappear, unless it all vanishes in which case we have a big problem! Hopefully it will always be obvious where things are for you to find them even while construction is taking place!
If you are planning a refresh or want to add anything to your blog my advice is search online and you will almost certainly find what you are looking for, free buttons, tutorials, explanations. It is all out there and there is some really good information.
Also, if at first you don't succeed, try and try again!
As with my social media buttons, I found the buttons, found a great tutorial and tried to add them. Didn't work. Tried again. Didn't work. Did it a bit differently and then ta dah, lo and behold it worked! The answer was to do it in the way that I knew - not following the tutorial!
The most important thing to remember though is this. Back up everything and back up your blog before you start messing around!!!
So right now things are under renovation, but will hopefully soon be revealed in a newer, brighter - well, still muted tones! - and easier to use format!
Thank you for bearing with me and not running away even it gets a little dusty around here. At least this time I will only have a virtual skip - dumpster - not a real one!! You know how glad I was to see the back of our last skip!!
p.s. in case you are worried that things are all getting a bit deep around here tomorrow we are back to traditional blogging ground - baking!