I’m so excited to welcome you to the new home for Project Whitespace. I am now self-hosted, which gives me more room to move around and make up my own rules! For this post, I would like to give you an idea of how things have changed. I picked a different theme that looks a lot like my old theme, but the internal workings are what makes it great. Not only that, there have been some other tweaks.
Easier to Read
In the old theme, I hated, hated, hated how small the font was. I had some complaints about the small font and it was one of the first things I changed once I got this new theme. I made sure it was big enough for those of you who have had to squint to read my text. I also made sure to put more linespace in-between each line. Ok, ok, these sound like boring things, but I’m quite pumped about them, because I know it makes my blog easier to read!!
Like my other theme, this theme also keeps my content as the main focus. I had originally tinkered around with a cool background, but in the end, I realized that that is not what Whitespace is all about. So, enjoy the whitespace on my background.
Shareable and Community-Centric
When it comes to sharing and community, this theme is the bomb!! You will notice in my menu up top that I have all the fancy social media icons up there. Those aren’t there for looks; if you click on them, you will be directed to all of my social media sites, where you can view, like, comment and join in the conversation. I sure hope you do!
Here’s my favorite thing: if you click on the title of each blog post, you will be in the individual page for that blog post. Lo and behold, you will see a social sharing slider bar to the left of the post. You can tweet, facebook and share to your hearts content.
The cool thing about the social media icons, and the social sharing bar, is that they are part of the Standard theme. These are not plug-ins, guys; they are built directly into the theme. That means they won’t slow down my site!! Woop woop!!
Newly Defined Categories
I slimmed down the amount of categories I have, as they were getting out of control. I also re-named some of them to give them a little more character. Here’s what you will find (these categories are listed up top on the menu bar).
- The Gym: Obviously, this category will be anything health and fitness related.
- Wanderings: A new category for me, and this will include anything to do with travelling or sight seeing or anything of the sort. If I go out on a picture-taking tour, you might find something like that in wanderings.
- The Den: This category will be a little more personal. It will have anything to do with house and home, as well as family. You will also find doggy goodness in that category. Because you can find a pup in a den. Get it? LOL!
- The Study: This is a shortened version of my writing and blogging category.
- Inspiration: Because we all know I can’t help but to write inspiring and encouraging posts. This will never go away. However, I was wondering about a different title for it to go along with my other categories. I thought “the church” but I didn’t think that quite fit. What about “the temple?” Or, I used to call this section “Spirit.” Do you think I should just go back to that and call it “the spirit?” Let me know what you think.
I am also thinking about adding either a page or a category called “the cinema” and in it, I would place all my YouTube videos. What do you guys think about that one?
Now here’s the coolest thing ever. If you click into one of my categories from the menu bar, and look inside the body of the blog at the top, you will find the acronym, “RSS.” Yep. You can get a feed to just the category you want. For instance, if you are all about the fitness, but could care less about the inspirational posts, well then, subscribe to my Gym category.
Other Things You Might See in the Future
Part of the reason I wanted to go self-hosted is because on WordPress.com, you are not allowed to put up your own ads. I want to try to make a little money with this little site, and I realize that will be a long haul, but I at least want the ability to put up some ads if I so desire.
I am going to try to become a fit fluential ambassador, and there is a fitness product I use that I am thinking about becoming an affiliate for. Don’t worry, I won’t inundate you with these, and I won’t allow crap on my site. But, you will probably see some kind of ads on my thing like that on my blog one day. More on this later.
Also, I want to do more videos. But I also don’t want to inundate you all with videos if you don’t like them. So, I was thinking about adding a page where I simply place the new videos and you can come to “the cinema” if you want to (or you can subscribe to my youtube channel). I will still keep doing my once per week video (or at least try).
Finally, I don’t have an email subscriber just yet. But that will be coming soon. You can still subscribe via RSS, or just hold out for the email. Someday, I’d like to have a newsletter too. But, we’ll see about that.
Thanks Goes To . . .
Many thanks goes to my best friend, Caroline, who also happens to be a graphic designer. While I had my logo made by someone else, she created the fancy schmancy header and had to use her CSS skills to get it in there the right way. Also, you might be noticing some small tweaks over the next weeks, as Caroline might be doing a little more on this site. Thanks Caroline!!
Feel free to click around, but, I really, really hope you give me some answers to my video questions! And let me know what you think of the new site!
**Eyeglasses photo from rkleine on Flickr via Creative Commons License.