Monday, January 28, 2013

It's A New Day!

by Terri



Well, do you notice anything different?  In honor of our first anniversary here at Focusing on Life, we have updated the blog in several ways.  I thought it might be helpful to give you a tour of the new space. Starting from top to bottom:

The New Header – this slideshow header shows one photo from each of our ten contributors.  It will be changed out seasonally.  I don’t know about you but this is my favorite part of our new space!

The Menu Bar – Right under the header is the menu bar.  The Monthly Focus tab will contain the monthly focus photo and a small paragraph about the current month’s focus. This will be changed out on the first of each month as our Monthly Focus changes.  Our mission statement as well as all of our profile photos and bios are now under the “About Us” tab and have been removed from the sidebar.  And finally, at the right side of the menu bar are the links to our Facebook, Instagram and Flickr pages, all neatly contained and easy to find.

Date & Post Title – As you can see, our dates and post titles are centered and the title is larger, making it easier to see. You’ll notice the author of each blog post is at the top right under the post title. This way you can see who has written the post without scrolling down.  

Footer – At the bottom of the page on the left you can find a list of labels and archived posts. In the center is our blog button and code for downloading if you wish to display it on your own blog. Under the blog button code is the place where you can enter your e-mail address to receive our posts in your inbox daily. On the right is our Instagram slideshow.  You can click on any of the slides and it will take you to our Instagram group in the same way that the Instagram logo in the menu bar does at the top of the blog.

Even though things look a bit different, this is the same place it always has been. As you can read in the About Us tab at the top of the page, our goal is to create a caring community for people who are passionate about photography and life. We hope this will be a place that will inspire, teach, nurture, support and where we accept one another; a place where we can grow in our craft and as individuals. Thank you all for being here and for sharing your passion with us as we continue to share ours with you.


37 comments:

Barbara said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you all!

Wauw love the new layout, slideshow header is amazing and looks very professional.

I wish I could taste your sweet cupcake, looks delicious.

Thanks for this beautiful place, where I can learn and grow, be inspired by all of you and last but not least focus on my life too.

Becs said...

Happy anniversary and I adore the new look! Such a lovely fresh space and the new header is gorgeous.

Sue said...

Soooooo well done. I love it. The new face of FOL looks amazing. FABULOUS! Keep up the good work for these dark winter months and 'Happy Anniversary' to you all.

Sue T x

Cristina Dalla Valentina said...

Happy birthday, FOL! I love your new look, keep on inspiring us like you have always done! xoxo

Nicki said...

Happy Anniversary! I think your new look is smashing and look forward to what comes this year.

Carol said...

I can't believe it's been a year with you all. I have been as inspired by my "life-sisters" as I hope our followers have been. It's so nice when such lovely spirits enter your life!
Happy Anniversary! And here's to year two!

Dotti said...

Our new look is wonderful ... kudos to Terri for the professional product she has created for us.
As always ... I'm so very grateful for my life sisters here at FOL. You make us what we are.
Most importantly, I love hearing from all our friends; it's such a delight to have you spend some time with us and "talk" to us!

Peggy said...

Thank you all for a wonderful blog. Love your new look. peggy from PA

AFishGirl said...

Stunning makeover, stunning. I really like all the clean space and having the pull down menu at the top and the other things all at the bottom. It feels fresh and new and vibrant. The font is beautiful. Ha, I was always scrolling down to see who wrote the posts, love having that up at the top. Great job, great job. Inspiring. Going to do some blog cleaning myself on this note...
Happy makeover launch, y'all!
Pam/Fishgirl

Jeanne said...

This looks beautiful! And happy birthday! Love your changes!

Linda said...

So beautiful! I love it! It is easy to navigate. One year already! wow! Here's to many more!

xo,
Linda

Elisa said...

Happy Birthday FOL! I LOVE the new look!!! Much easier to navigate, and it actually fits in my screen side to side better now too. Love everything about it. Congratulations to you all.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Happy Anniversary FOL! Your new home looks very inviting!

sherrygaley said...

Terri and gang, This is truly a gorgeous site and I will be visiting lots to see what you are up to. It fits better on my screen and I love the simple font and design. Happy anniversary!

Mary said...

Well done ! Awesome look. Happy Anniversary

Alison Bents said...

Congratulations, ladies! The spruced-up digs look fab.

terriporter said...

So happy you all like our new look! Just a little side note . . . I went to a special cupcake store to buy that beauty up top. It's strawberry cake with strawberry icing. I bought it specifically so I could take a photo of it but then, of course, I had to eat it. The sacrifices we make for our art! Welcome to all of you and we hope to see more of you in 2013.

K8 said...

Happy Anniversary!! I haven't been able to make it to the blog much over the past year but hope to in the future. Can't believe it's been a year already! And Terri, I love your sacrifice for the sake of art - lol! :)

Deanna said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I love the clean fresh look, the layout, everything. And what a perfect image for our 1st anniversary. Happy Anniversary to us all!!

http://vivhalliwell.com said...

Happy Anniversary I am so glad I found you guys through the lovely Terri via Kim's groupies long may it continue....

Julie said...

Happy Anniversary!! Loved the tour - such a great idea!! The header slideshow is wonderful!

Barbara said...

Congrats Terri on the new look, it looks grand.

Helen said...

Congratulations on your first anniversary! You've created a wonderful site and your new look is simply beautiful!

Danielle said...

Love the new look!!!!

Linda/patchwork said...

Happy Anniversary!
The new look is great.

Kate said...

Happy Anniversary, love the new look!

kelly said...

happy anniversary! and thank you for a year full of inspiration. i am so loving the new, fresh look. it's got a very clean, modern feel to it and navigates easily.

Stacie Spencer said...

Happy Anniversary to you guys! I love the new look of the blog. The header is awesome. I noticed it right away. Looking forward to new posts with the new look.

Leigh said...

I can't believe it has been a year already! You all continually inspire me!

Katie said...

Happy anniversary, how exciting! Love the new digs, everything looks so spic and span and tidy. Here's to more years of inspiration to come!

Carol said...

Poor Terri, next time send it to me....

Cathy H. said...

I really, really like this look! Very clean and easy to use! I'm liking that new button, too!! I'll be adding it to my blog! Congrats to each of you for making your blog an inspiring place to visit for the last year!

Denise Fabian said...

Happy anniversary...and simply LOVE your new look! Makes me want to play with mine...

Jan said...

Happy Anniversary! This looks wonderful! Sending big hugs to all! The photos are amazing!

janice said...

your new blog is beautiful, I love the clean look, hopefully this new year I can get more involved. Congrats ladies on your first year together!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Ohhh my ! What a lovely look! Stunning falls short as a descriptor! I love the cup cake and can imagine the great taste too! YUM! So excited to see how you all keep me going.

In some aspects I cant believe its been a year. AND a good one too!

HUGS

Diana said...

How cool is this!

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