It’s been a while since I’ve just sat down and started banging away on the keyboard: it’s been a little busy here at the Gallagher household between work, chasing kids from one activity to the next, and life in general – that sounds about “normal” for most people’s lives these days! There are a couple of things I wanted to pass on to you…
So, what changed?
The previous look and feel had become a little stale and needed a refresh. The idea with the new redesign was to keep it simple, fresh, and appear “lighter” on the screen vs. the darker colors of the previous site; I also wanted a new logo. Hopefully, that goal was accomplished!
If you look at the home page, the Featured Book of the Day is more prominent and we also shortened the amount of text on the home page. On the previous design, it was a typical WordPress layout (that’s the name of the blog’s software) with row after row of text which included every word of the last 5 posts; now, you have the title of the post and an option to click and read more vs. having to slog through everything. If you do click the “Read full post” option, the look and feel is brighter and easier to read (at least it is to my tired eyes).
We’re also putting more emphasis on the site for people to sign up for the free once-a-day email delivery option, download the free blog reader app, an improved section for people to leave comments if they so desire, and the social media sharing buttons aren’t as large and obnoxious as they were on the previous design. I also had the Google banner ads removed as they were taking away from the user experience, made the pages load slow, and I really didn’t like seeing them nor not being in control of what was displayed.
There were also several things done on the back end to make the pages load faster and put less stress on the server, and I’m certain things will continue to be tweaked as we review what seems to work and what could be improved. I also have a few more enhancements on the drawing board that will be implemented over the next few weeks. I’m interested to know what you think, so please shoot me an email with your thoughts and comments.
In order to promote the changes to the website and to get more user participation, I’ll be starting a series of giveaways soon – make sure you are watching the blog’s posts and feel free to tell your friends about them in addition to your signing up for them, also!
Black Friday Deals
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving here in the USA, but someone forgot to tell Amazon: I was looking around their website this morning and stumbled across a “Pre” Black Friday deal on some tools, which then led me to the main Black Friday page: there’s a lot of neat stuff in a variety of categories on sale (electronics, tools, books, you name it) and I had to practice great restraint. You can check out the deals if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/amazonbfriday into your web browser.
At the start of and conclusion of the World Series, many of you wrote to me to rub it in and ask what happened to the Rangers after my thoughts and comments over the years? Well, hmm…at least they will be high in the draft pick process, and look out if people can recover from injuries and if they get some pitching, better hitters and fielders, good weather, and the Grace of God…..it may be a long decade!
That’s all I had for now – I hope each of you have a great weekend!