Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Myriad of Big Changes For This Little Blog

So, I've tweaked my design a bit for starters.  Tweaked being a word which here means 'drastically altered the layout and created an entirely new banner'.  I felt the sidebars were making the whole blog too cluttered, so the new layout has only one sidebar and nothing else but wide open space for post content.  Personally, I'm loving the new simplified look, but I want to hear what you guys, my followers, think!

Some of you observant people may have noticed that page tabs have been deleted and added, as well.  Including my... Review Policy(!)-- the book blogger's public relations Bible.  The story behind this is that I was looking around at the unbroken spines on my book shelves and scanning the list of unread e-books on my Kindle, and I thought, 'I'll never be able to read all these.'  As an incoming senior trying to rack up AP classes and college application stuff, honestly the last thing I need is the stress that comes from reviewing books for authors and publishers.  That said, if you are an author or publisher reading this: if I have already promised you a review for your book, then I can assure you the review will be posted.  I won't go back on these commitments.

I'm excited to begin reviewing a broader range of books on this blog, including manga and a lot more adult fiction than I previously did.  Just because the blog is being 'un-commercialized' (though it's not as if it was ever commercial, exactly... I guess 'un-conventionalized' is a better term), doesn't mean I'm going to stop posting!  To the contrary, I'm working on a slew of reviews and new features which I really hope you guys will enjoy.  There will probably be fewer weekly memes and more books featured.  With a lot of the stress that comes from reviewing alleviated, I'm really looking forward to having more time to read and comment on my favorite blogs-- one of the main reasons I got involved in the blogging community in the first place.  I'd love to know what you guys think about all these changes.   

7 comments:

Katie (Call Me Crazy) said...

Oh my goodness Kat it looks absolutely lovely! I just redid my blog today too, we have connecting brain waves! haha! I completely adore your new banner, the lady in the gorgeous dress is so pretty! I'm totally with you on loving the simplistic look too! I can't wait for you to start reviewing other genres, I've been wanting to expand my reading horizons and totally need some recommendations!

Lisa Mandina said...

Love the new look!

Khadija said...

Love the new design! Seems like you went dark right when I went light :P

The new background is really cool and I think the new banner is pretty!

It looks great! ^-^

http://blackfingernailedreviews.blogspot.com/

Aylee said...

Love it! The banner really shows your love for histfic and fantasy. I look forward to reading a variety of book reviews from you!

book-rain.com said...

Yeah, I love the simplified look. It looks awesome. Your Challenges page is my favorite and now without the other sidebar I can enjoy it more :)

Kat said...

@book-rain-- Thanks so much! I'm thrilled to learn people actually check out and admire my Challenges page. It is always very satisfying to update. :)

@Katie-- The sketch of the lady in the dress actually was the spark that kick-started the idea for the entire banner! I love that image, too. Love your blog's new look as well. :)

Susan Bennett said...

I agree that sidebars on blogs can make them 'busy' to the point of 'frantic'. They're very hard on the eyes.

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