I just wanted to take a moment and alert everyone to a few changes on my blog.
A lot of the changes I have made are purely cosmetic. Though they may seem trivial, these are the ones that have the potential to cause problems! I would appreciate any feedback on problems that anyone may be having! Here are a few of the cosmetic changes.
I’ve been playing around with modifying my theme to more closely match my website’s theme. It’s not anything spectacular but I believe it is easy enough on the eyes. Here are some things I’ve done that may create problems for some readers:
- Changed the font size to a little larger font for easier reading.
- Changed the background color for the text area.
- Changed the background area for surrounding areas.
- Added a little text introduction on my right-sidebar.
- Changed the number of posts to display per page to 3, though I may up that to 5.
My main point in making these changes is to make my blog more personal and also easier to read. I’ve tried to read and make sure the changes I made are correct but I will only know by asking my readers to inform me of any problems they encounter.
Updated “About” Page
In order to make my “About” page a little more useful, I have changed it to reflect the main purpose of my blog, first and foremost being sharing my research with my family. Further down the page I added a little information about me and then even further down I added a contact form.
Because this page is more informational in content, I have disabled comments on it.
Added An “Archives” Page
In order to remove some of the clutter on my sidebar, I have opted to create an Archives page. I’m still not totally pleased with the way it looks but for the time being it does take the clutter away.
If any of my readers have any suggestions or can point me to a source to learn more, I would gladly welcome any input!
Changed “Contact Me!” Page
I’m trying to be a little more professional here so I have opted to add a Contact Form on my “Contact Me!” page. I’ve opted to go without any kind of captcha for now but if there is any kind of increase in spam I may have to change that.
Changed “Blog Roll” Page
Over the years I have added a lot of great blogs to my “Blog Roll” page. When going through them all, I discovered that there were quite a few that were no longer active. I’ve also discovered so many more great blogs and realized that there was no way I could link to them and keep up with it all.
I have opted to simply put two links for genealogy blogs, the Blog Roll at Geneabloggers and the Blog Finder at The Genealogue. I believe this would give readers a better option and would also help support those sites!
This will also free up room for me to feature other blogs and sites that I enjoy.
I have plans to redo my “Genealogy Toolbox” page. I would like to make it more of a “Genealogy Research Toolbox” that might serve to help my readers to find more information!
I also am in the process of redoing my Categories. Unfortunately I didn’t put a lot of thought into my categories when I first started and I am regretting that. I would like to get my categories down to at least 20 but hopefully less. It can be done!
The one main change that you will notice is that I am starting to focus more on posting my research topics and not trying to post information about what is going on in the genealogy community. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy those conversations but I think that would be better served if I posted my opinions in the comment sections of the poster’s blog! I want my readers to realize that I am focused on presenting what is on my “About” page.
There’s always a time for those “off topic” posts but I want to limit those as much as possible in the future.
What do you think of the changes at Beyond Fiction? Are they helpful? Are they distracting? Can they be built upon or do you have further suggestions? Post a comment or feel free to write me.