Finally, the renovations are complete, and I’m so excited to be able to share this with you all! First of all – look! A lovely new homepage for you to land on when you stop in to visit…
Since I imagine many of you regular readers will be hopping straight into this post from your email or WordPress Reader, I’ll stick in links to the highlights so you can go to the site and have a proper poke around the best bits for yourselves. Even if you do nothing else, click here to get a closer look at that fresh, shiny homepage!
Much as I liked the previous look that I had going on, there was no denying that it was quite dark. As you can see, that is no longer a problem! I love how bright the new site is, and that I was able to reinstate my beloved header image (suitably refreshed and rebranded, of course) from a previous BeastieBlog incarnation.
So, what else is new? Well, the biggest change is that I now have a SHOP!
The BeastieBlog has always been at the heart of my monster-making empire, and using a casual link widget to send people off into the wilds of the internet in search of my Etsy store has always felt a bit like I’m inviting them in, and then chasing them away again. I mean, it’s nice here – why would you want to leave?
To get the ball rolling in the store, I’ve handed over the reins to some of the Beasties you met in last week’s post. And there are also a couple of newbies in there, so be sure to drop in and say hello!
And if you can’t see exactly what you need in the store, that’s fine… You can find out everything about how to order your own personalised Beastie in the new Design Your Ownsection! In here, you’ll find pictures of past Beastie projects to peruse, and a breakdown of the commissioning process.
Another new feature in BeastieBlog 4.0 is the Portfolio section – here I’ll be sharing some of my favourite Beastie creations in more detail, in an easy-to-access way. There are just two here at the minute, but keep an eye on this… I’ll be adding more Portfolio Beasties over the next few weeks!
And of course, there’s the blog itself. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy reading from the new, cleaner layout, and scrolling through the parade of full-colour pictures (no more dark filters!) when you’re catching up with older posts. And if you’re searching for something specific, you’ll now find the search box in the black stripe across the top of every page. Handy, eh?
So there you go! I hope you all enjoyed the tour, and I’m DYING to know what you think of the new-look BeastieBlog… Have your say in the comments below, and let’s launch this thing in style!
I’ll be back next week with an update from Paddy and Plunkett, who have their paws back on home turf again… They can’t wait to show you just how green this island is in the summertime! Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to catching up with all your latest posts – I realise I’ve kinda dropped off the radar these last couple of weeks, but normal service resumes now!
Talk to you soon!