Waiting For Rain
That title kind of rhymes, doesn’t it? Totally unintentional, I swear…
So check this out… just when I thought I was going to be able to get a couple of posts written that I’ve had on my mind for a while now, I made a terrible mistake. I upgraded my version of WordPress to the latest version. Normally, you would think this is no big deal and is much needed to keep things maintained.
Well, let’s add in the “I am a total idiot” factor because… well… I am. I backed up my database so that I didn’t lose any posts, but I totally launched the upgrade without keeping a copy of my CSS files. There’s nothing more embarassing than having to rebuild your stylesheets from the ground up. But, with that being said, here I am now after only 6 hours or so of tackling that project (among other projects, of course), and now it’s time to put together this update.
I’ve been doing some major work on the blog and the website and I’m proud to finally announce a few new features. First of all, I came quickly to the conclusion that my main website was really not driving any more traffic to the places I needed folks to go. Instead, it was more of a gateway or “link farm” as we call it that just pushed everyone on to the blog, the Zenfolio store, or my contact forms.
With that realization in mind, I went ahead and trashed the website completely and shuffled files around so that my main website will now be this beautiful beast of a blog you see around you. Nice sidebars, plenty of features, and best of all, all my pages under one roof.
A couple of other goodies that are in this whole semi-facelift package are located in the menus and sidebars around you. I’ve installed an events calendar that allows all of you to see where I will be showing and selling my fine art pieces. I’ve also added a nice little social media widget over on the right side so you can easily find my social profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and ModelMayhem.
And, let’s not forget one of my favorite new features that I finally put front and center… the RSS feed! Just click that little orange button over there on the right and subscribe to the photo blog… it’s that easy to get all the best images and news from yours truly.
Lastly, I went ahead and added some new navigation at the top to some of the standard pages I had before including some fresh links directly into each one of my galleries as well. I’ve also included a cool little gallery widget on the right that allows you to see some of the most recent photos I’ve featured in blog posts without reading the posts themselves.
So with all of these site updates going on, I want to hear your thoughts. What pieces of the site do you enjoy? Are the new features really doing what they should? Any ideas you might have for content, posts, or fun tools around the site? Let me know!