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, dictionary.com gives the definition of dynamic as  “pertaining 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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