Strangely, it feels like I haven’t done much this week but I did end up publishing 4 new posts. Two were on my new filing system (Post 1 and Post 2), one was on numbering systems and the last was a little something about my 4th great-grandparents.
I think the most work was done behind the scenes. After reading a few blog posts, checking out the designs of some other blogs and evaluating what would be best for me, I have started yet another redesign of my site. It’s mainly to make it more welcoming to new visitors. In my side bar I have opted to add a “Welcome” area, a little “call to action” on the search box and then a word cloud with the surnames I am researching. The archives, categories, social media links and other items will fall below these. I want first-time visitors to be able to focus in quickly as to whether or not I have something they may be interested in, as I really only have a few minutes to grab their attention!
Upon further recommendations from a friend, I also plan on adding a couple of new pages to my top navigation. I am currently working on a Surnames/Locations page and that will be followed by a “Welcome” page soon afterwards.
I also plan an making this more of a blog that will feature my research and not just a bunch of “how-to”s. That was my original plan with this blog six years ago and my inattention to detail allowed it to go all over the place before I decided to just scrap it and start all over again. That being said, all plans of bringing back my old blog posts here are on hold. I will stick with the “archive” site that i have right now and will eventually re-publish those posts that are suitable for publication. I’m still debating as to whether I want to start a new blog that will contain how-to information. I enjoy sharing that type of info but there are so many other sites that are so much better at that than I am.
On the actual research news, I have been steadily entering information into my database. I am still in the “Immediate Family” area but I am almost done with that part. Then I can begin to move out and add info on the next generation.
So, that’s it for this week’s update. I look forward to seeing what will unfold in my new design. I kinda like the way it looks already!
Hope you all have a great week,