The Winds of Change Just Blew Through

Brace Yourself!

So I’ve been looking at that old theme here on PotPieGirl.com for what, 3 years now? Maybe more? Not only was I unimpressed with it – I was bored with it! Plus, that theme didn’t even allow me to use widgets! How can you really enjoy WordPress if you can’t use widgets and have to hand code everything in your side bar?!?! I’ve spent the last 2 days re-doing this site. Brace yourself for BIG changes…and come on in!

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned PotPieGirl.com!

Yep – it’s different… very different. I know making changes is risky, but hopefully we’ll all get used to it and settle back in here in my “living room”.

I also hope y’all will forgive me for NEEDING to make a big change here. Simple things, like making a post, were NOT simple with my old theme. I had to do some crazy html formatting to get my posts to format properly and not look all “squishy”.

I hate “Squishy” – I like white space. I like room to breathe.

This new theme makes posting SO much easier for me AND it makes it easier for ME to interact with YOU (I’ll explain that point in a moment).

I also changed up the colors. I’m a big fan of fall. It’s my favorite season. I imagine the main reason is back from my days as a managing Pro in the golf business. Fall meant….. time would change soon…days got SHORTER – which meant my workday suddenly got MUCH shorter too.

Also, fall is the perfect weather, in my opinion. The air is clear and crisp. Days are still warm, but nights are cool.

But above everything else, fall means FOOTBALL. College football! (Roll Tide! We’re starting this Saturday).

So that’s why I chose the fall color scheme. Granted, it is subject to change at any given moment as I spend my days obsessing over the new look and layout…lol!

Some Q&A About the Redesign

1. A brand new feed from Feedburner.

Once upon a million years ago (ok, like 4 years ago), I had burnt the feed for what was then this site hosted on Blogger.com – and then forgot about it. I figured it was time to catch up with the times and get the right feed burnt through Feedburner. The new PotPieGirl.com feed is located here…and you can get it emailed to you for free (just enter your email where it offers it).

Since it’s technically a new feed, I can’t dazzle anyone with my feed subscribers count (I think my cats signed up last night so that makes 2 so far…lol). But hopefully, over time, the number will be remotely close enough to put one of those nifty feed count chiclet doo-dads up.

2. A New Theme!

Yay! Believe it or not, changing an already existing and active blog over to a whole new look is NOT the easiest thing in the world. To anyone who happened to be stuck in the multiple changes happening in the last 48 hours, my apologies. I also apologize for every time I BROKE this site and it wouldn’t load (yes, I am one of those people who breaks things until they work!). Coding is NOT my specialty, but this new theme I am using makes it all SO much easier. In fact, now that I know how to use this new theme, I can’t see my going back to any other theme – it’s THAT customizable.

3. Better Comments!

This might sound odd, but the old comments set-up on the old theme did NOT make me happy. I didn’t have the ability to reply directly to a comment right under it…and it made it tough for ME to stay involved in the conversation. Now, any of us can click “reply” right under the comment we want to respond to…and keep it all organized and easier to follow.

Also, this new theme will show Gravatar images when you post. I really, REALLY like seeing the FACES of people hanging out with me here at PotPieGirl.com.

Thing is, if YOU don’t have a free gravatar account with an image uploaded there, all I’ll see (or ANYONE will see), is that silly little blue default icon next to your comment.

Please show me your face! I like to know who I am talking to.

It’s really easy (and free) to do, too. Just go here to Gravatar.com and sign up for a free account. Upload your picture and you’re done! From that point on, anytime you post a comment and use the same email address as your Gravatar account, you’re pretty little face will show!

So, that’s about it. Other than the dramatic difference in how PotPieGirl.com LOOKS, it’s still just little ol’ me behind the scenes.

Have a great day (or night!)

Jennifer

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