Well, HEEEELLLOO there, friends! And welcome to the brand new The Homes I Have Made!!!
It’s been a long few weeks behind the scenes on this end of the screen! I certainly didn’t mean to be away so long (hello computer crash AND major design glitches to work through!), but after many weeks of long days and late nights all in front of the computer, I (finally!) have a fancy new landing zone to share my latest projects and house updates with all of you. I started this re-branding and new web design process last Christmas Eve (seriously) and after months and months of waiting for all the pieces to come together, it is finally go time, and I cannot wait to show you around!
My ultimate goal was to have a modern, fresh, and simple site that was pleasurable to read and easy to navigate. Trying to keep the fancy web functions to a minimum, I decided to stick with the same general layout as my old site (but with some major updates!). I like the blog feed front and center on the main page at all times, so you will always be able to find the latest projects right here when you click onto the site! Things will continue to be updated a bit over the coming weeks, but for now, I am loving the ad-free, clutter-free design!
Over on the side bar, I’ve cleared way some of the mess and added some simple new category buttons so you can find round-ups of just what you’re looking for with a single click. Also, I have a NEW subscription feed, so if you prefer to receive my latest posts in your email inbox, be sure to subscribe over on the side bar. (Note: if you have already subscribed via email in the past, you need to do it again, as I’m using a new service!)
While the front page looks and functions similar to my previous site, the biggest changes are in what lies on the other pages! This site is all about the homes i have made, so I wanted new and returning readers to be able to see our home tours quickly and easily! My Our Homes page now has beautiful full-screen shots of all our past homes, and I will update the Kansas home tour throughout the year as we make updates!
Of all the fancy upgrades and improved functionalities now implemented, my very favorite new elements on this site are the Project Galleries! I worked hard with my site designer to make clean and easy-to-navigate project galleries so all my past projects are easy to find and enjoy! Having now combed my way through almost all of my past content, there are some true project gems in there, so I highly encourage you poke around and catch up on things you may have missed!
Also new to the site is a Shop where all my Magnetic Menu Board and Recipe Organization templates are for sale as immediate downloads. One of my goals for this year is to expand this shop with more organization resources and decor products so stay tuned for that!
BLOGGER TO WORDPRESS
One of the biggest hurdles of this transition was switching over from Blogger to WordPress. While I certainly didn’t take the easy way around, it’s a process not for the faint of heart, and I strongly encourage bloggers who are thinking about making the switch to hire help (I have an EXCELLENT person to help you if you need it! Just email me for the info!) Now that the switch is made, I am smitten with the increased capabilities of the WordPress platform, and if you’re on Blogger and thinking about switching, I highly recommend it!
On that note, be sure on your Bookmarks page and/or in your rss feeds/readers, you have the correct url to be directed to this new site appropriately: http://thehomesihavemade.com/ If you read my site on Feedly, follow and get the latest content here! (I’m still working out some issues with my Bloglovin feed, hope to have it up and running here soon!)
This branding and site overhaul has been a pretty big deal for me (just ask my husband about the sleepless nights and endless talk about it!) I invested a lot of money and a lot of time getting a professional and functional site up and running because I am just so passionate about what I do here. I LOVE decorating my home, I LOVE coming up with renter-friendly solutions, I LOVE inspiring other renters and military spouses to decorate their home no matter where they are or for how long, and I LOVE sharing every last bit with you all here.
I am SO passionate about the content I create here that I really want to get it in front of even MORE people…so I’m asking for your help! If you love my site, love me, and/or love what I do here…can you help me spread the word? Share my link on your Facebook page, email my site to friends or family who you think may love it, tweet and pin and share my articles when you see something you love (I even have new buttons down at the bottom of every post to help you share more easily!) Help me inspire more military spouses, renters, and homemakers to create a home they love no matter where they are in life or on the globe…
So many of you, my readers, are incredibly supportive of me and everything I do here. As a way to say ‘thank you’ for your support, your patience, and your dedication to this blog (AND for helping spread the word about my new site), I’m giving away one $100 gift card to Amazon.com. This isn’t sponsored, this isn’t a partnership. This is just me saying THANK YOU for reading, thank you for sharing, and thank you for encouraging me to create, maintain and improve this little space of mine.
Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway, which ends Sunday night!
I can’t even begin to tell you the relief I feel having tackled this blog transition/update. While I have some more tinkering to do in the coming weeks, the hard part is over (gosh, I hope!), and it is (finally!) time to get back to the projects (my sewing machine has been calling my name!) and regular posting! I’ll see you back here Friday with some of the stuff I have been able to work over the last few weeks…until then, I’d love to know…what do you think of the new site??? See you back here Friday, friends!