In January, just a few short months ago, I gave my little blog a makeover. I committed some serious time and effort to blogging often and regularly. I took classes and joined discussions, and I started reaching out to other bloggers. And what do you know, a few months later, my little blog has started to pick up steam! I am so thankful for all of the readers and genuine friends that writing this blog has brought me. It makes me so happy to read comments and emails from people all over the world who enjoy reading and sharing what I write.
So, my little blog was starting to outgrow its old home on WordPress.com. I’ve written about how I love WordPress – and I do! – I just think that becoming self-hosted will be the best way for me to keep growing this space and bring you more and better things!
After I got myself hosted, I needed a fabulous new design (please click over to see it if you’re in Google Reader!). These graphics were all hand-painted by amazing designer and illustrator, Katie Gavenda. Katie and I went to college together, and a few weeks ago, she posted some of her beautiful watercolors on Facebook. I immediately messaged her to ask if she would be interested in working with me on a new blog design. Lucky for me, she said yes! Katie is working on getting her online shop up and running so that you can all purchase prints of her work, but in the meantime, you can check out her blog, Blueberry English, for some awesome inspiration!
I created the actual layout of the blog using The Thesis Theme for WordPress*. I plan to write a full review once I’ve had some more time to really dive into using it, but so far I love Thesis! I also need to include a shout out to the very sweet Kaelah of Little Chief Honeybee who helped me out with a tricky bit of code – thank you, Kaelah! And per usual, none of this would have happened with my in-house IT specialist/photographer/boyfriend Marcus.
You can still find Her New Leaf at hernewleaf.com, so if you subscribe via email, Google Reader, or Bloglovin’, nothing should change. If you subscribe via WordPress, I think that you will need to add my feed to another reader service.
Once again, thank you all so much for reading! As always, feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, or ideas for what you’d like to see more of here!
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