Ugh, where do I even start?!
This is what I get for taking a week and a half off. But I was busy redesigning-ish my blog!
(That's not even true. I did all this in the past three days. And I didn't even change that much.)
But now you all get a whole rambly post about all the various different ways in which I made css my bitch, upcoming stuff on the blog, books I've read, and who even knows what else at this point. So let's get on with it!
I might as well start with the most obvious—I finally gave my blog a name! It’s fitting since metaphors and moonlight is basically what my mind is filled with, but I don’t know that I love it. Maybe it’ll grow on me?
I also redesigned! Kind of. I constantly look at other blogs with designs and colors and photos and graphics, and they have amazing color schemes and are JUST SO BEAUTIFUL. So I wanted to make my blog full of color and pretty pictures in the sidebar and header and whatnot. But then I realized, I chose to design my blog the way I did in the first place because it’s very me. I like minimalism, and I have a major thing about matching. So, with the all the book covers and pictures and font colors I use in my graphics, having too many colors would drive me nuts. Keeping things basic and letting the images pop is what works for me.
So I kept the black, white, red, pink, and dark brown color scheme. I know you’re thinking, but Kristen, I’ve never seen any brown on your blog. And you’re right. Do you know how hard it is to use dark brown on a website? If you use it in text or lines, it just looks like black. But the dark brown is there in my mind. And it’s on my blog in spirit.
I also kept the swirls. I didn’t create the ones on my site (I have no idea how to draw on a computer), but I doodle designs with swirls and little flourishes just like that all over everything else.
This was the only photo I could find, and it’s from like 2007, and yes that is my hand, not a piece of paper, but you get the point.
I changed the the homepage/archive images to make less work for myself. It only took me 30-60 seconds to crop the full sized one, scale the white layer into a rectangle instead of a square, and save the new one, but those seconds add up. I’m still deciding exactly how to display things though.
I prettied up the sidebar. I even went through SO MUCH WORK to code a social media section that had tabs to switch from my Twitter feed to my Pinterest feed to my Tumblr feed, etc., but the Pinterest widget is the bane of my existence, and I think the whole thing might slow down my page and be distracting, so I’m undecided about whether I’ll be using it or not.
More importantly though, I cleaned up a lot of code. My blog finally doesn’t look like crap on mobile devices! But I could have missed something, so do let me know if anything looks wonky.
Non-Code-y Stuffs for You to Enjoy
I standardized ALL the tags, so now, for example, if you see a book and are like, wow, I wonder what other posts Kristen has mentioned this book in, you can click the tag and find out!
I added a reviews page in the menu so you can now find all my reviews organized by author or rating.
I also finally have the book search running. It use my “book tags” which function separately from the regular wordpress tags. I don’t have a lot of books to search from yet (about 50), but a blog is always a work in progress.
I’m also trying out a free ebooks page to see if that works better than the sidebar section.
Aaaaand I added a bit to my about section, but that’s not really as exciting as free books.
What’s in Store for 2016
I’m going for the “Chatty Kathy” level (25-36 posts) because I aim to do 2-3 discussion post each month. And I’m excited because I am a person with lots of thoughts, and one thing I love almost as much as books is great conversation with people who have different opinions and bring new thoughts for me to ponder!
I would also like to do some other types of posts. I’m thinking maybe something like cover artists spotlights (I do seem to have a new obsession with book cover art), maybe even some slightly less-bookish things. But I’m still working out a viable schedule since I’m probably going to be busier with non-blog/book things this year (though if I could just read and blog, I totally would).
As for my reading goals, I’ll be posting those on Tuesday, so that about sums it up for the new stuff :-)
Anyone Interested in a Book Swap?
I have a brand new hardcover of How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras, but YA contemporary just isn’t my thing. If anyone in the US has either hardcover or paperback in excellent/good condition that I might like and wants to swap in the mail, let me know.
Books I Finished (the Week of the 20th):
Court of Nightfall wasn’t really for me since I don’t usually care for books about angel wars (I read it because it was free). A Frozen Heart was literally the book version of Disney’s Frozen without all the singing, but I plan to review it soon because Hans is my favorite Disney villain and the book disappointed me in that regard. Cold Feet was pretty cute though for a quick-read contemporary.
Books I Finished (the Past Week):
I decided to start my bookish year off with some circus! THIS IS THE YEAR OF CIRCUS BOOKS, PEOPLE. GET EXCITED. I enjoyed them, but they had some circus-related inaccuracies that irked me.
Song of the Week:
The Best of Times by Sage Francis – This isn’t my usual type of music, but someone showed me this song years ago, and it’s always been a song that inspires me and helps me through, well, the best of times and the worst of times. It seemed like a good song for the first week of a new year.
The Sunday Post Link-Up
Last but Not Least, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer!