Changes are afoot…

April 7, 2013

time 4 new possibilitiesYes, you’re in the right place! This is By Word of Beth, despite the rather different appearance.

At the beginning of the year, Joanna Marple of Miss Marple’s Musings suggested we choose a word to guide us through the new year. The word I chose was/is DYNAMIC. As I said in my comment on her blog post, gives the definition of dynamic asΒ  β€œpertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action.”

As I continue through the year, reminding myself of this guiding word, I’ve decided its time for some changes on my blog. (Other changes are coming, but they’re a little further down the road.)

The first, very obvious change, is that I am test-driving a new template for my blog. As time goes by, I hope to find just the right image to liven up the blank space in the header. Until then, plain and simple will reign. The presence of two sidebars instead of one has allowed me to rearrange the information and clickable icons in a way that I hope will prove useful for my readers.

You may have noticed as well that I have finally found the secret to having tabs across the header — when I first set up this blog, I didn’t realize that it was “some assembly required.” I am learning! At the moment, my efforts have made the “HOME” button disappear, but you can navigate back to where you started by clicking on By Word of Beth in the header.

While I’m on the subject of the header tabs, there will be more added in coming days. This is a work in progress.

I know the new settings will appear differently in different browsers. I would appreciate feedback on how the blog looks to you now in whatever browser you use.

I have streamlined the amount of information and links in the sidebar. I hope this is helpful. If there is anything you miss, please let me know. All eight parts of the Children’s Book Hub interview with Emma Walton Hamilton are now available through links in a separate section of the sidebar.

If there is anything you would like to see on my blog, either in terms of format or in terms of content, please let me know in the comments, and I will see what I can do.

Stay tuned — other changes are waiting in the wings. In the meantime, my Thursdays in April series of Accolades for Emma will continue, and I have some posts lined up for Mondays that I think you’ll find interesting.

Here’s to dynamic new possibilities!


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  1. It’s fun to change things up, isn’t it? I’ve been dying to work on my blog and website – streamline them a bit etc. – but haven’t had time yet. I like how yours looks – very clean! When you say 2 sidebars do you mean the white one that’s headed by your photo and the dark blue one next to it headed by “click for info” or is there one I’m missing on the lefthand side?

    1. Yes, that’s what I mean by two sidebars. Thanks, Susanna. It’s a work in progress (who knew this would take so much work?) I now have a list of all my PPBs in the drop-down menu of Books I Recommend. And I now also have nearly-crossed eyes!

  2. I like your new clean and crisp look. You’ve changed your blog several times in recent years. I wouldn’t begin to know how to make changes without messing everything up. Your post today showed up in my e-mail blue and was dated Oct. 12, 2012.

    1. Thanks, Pat. You have no need to change your blog — your blog is wonderful as it is!

      VERY odd about the date on my blog post in your email today. Very odd indeed. I checked to see if I’d used the same post title on that date, but no, I hadn’t. Talk about time-slips!

  3. Beth!!!! It’s wonderful! I love the simplicity AND the flexibility. And WOOOHOOOOO!!!!! The tabs at the top are great!

    Everything is easy on the eyes, too.
    It’s fun to change things around, esp when they turn out this well!

  4. I like that word – Dynamic!. It fits you. And your new look. Everything looks fresh and clean like when the Mom Person paints a room a new color. Good job!

  5. Hi, Beth. I really like it a lot…especially the white on blue near the top. The rest is very easy to navigate. Congratulations on successfully meeting your goal of being dynamic this year!

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