Big Changes Are A-Comin'

Okay, so I hinted at it in my previous post, but I’m currently working on totally revamping my blog.  It will have a whole new look and feel, not to mention some expanded subject matter.

Here are some of the changes you can expect in the next couple weeks:

  • Brand new design. I’ll be switching themes and I may even get my graphic designer brother-in-law to create a custom header for me.
  • Categories & Tags. Yeah, I know, blogging 101, but I’ll actually use them.
  • Two exciting new series, including: Confessions of a Licked Cupcake, where I share the funniest and most outrageous chastity metaphors young Mormon women are subjected to (I hope to podcast actual interviews from the victims participants as frequently as possible [and BTW, I’m currently accepting theme song suggestions for this feature; leave it in the comments if you can think of one]), and Mo or No?, where we try to spot Mormons in pop culture and assign people Mormon-ness percentages based on their public behavior.
  • Expanded topics. While the focus will remain primarily on spirituality and religion, it won’t be JUST about a grace-based approach to Mormonism.
  • And much, much more! (That’s marketing-speak for when you run out of cool features to list, but want to make your prospects think you’ve just scratched the surface.)

Should be fun–so stay tuned!  🙂

About Katie L

A doubter by nature, a believer by grace.

Posted on April 11, 2009, in Announcements and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I am looking forward to your new and expanded blog, Katie.

    Eventually I plan to make some changes to my own blog:

    ~ Register
    ~ Better custom header. I would really love to have one of those custom headers that is different every time you reload the page, similar to the one at Nine Moons (though the designs I have in mind are completely different). I was thinking of asking Tim from LDS & Evangelical Conversations about it when I’m ready for it because I know he does graphic design.
    ~ I actually like my current WordPress theme even though it’s one of the free, basic ones. I don’t see it on a lot of other WordPress blogs, probably because the little flowers in the sidebar discourage men from using it. I could also see myself using this theme with some tweaking. It has both a custom header and a custom footer.
    ~ I want to edit the RSS for the comments so that comments are numbered.

    I’ll probably wait till later in the year to make these changes, after I’m settled at graduate school.

  2. Cool! Your blog expansion sounds groovy. I like the theme you pointed out: simple, clean. I have several self-hosted WordPress blogs with my company. It’s a good way to go.

    Re: your custom header(s), as an FYI, I actually contract with several excellent graphic designers and could probably get you a good deal if you can’t get Tim to do it for free or something. 🙂 I know it’s down the line, but if/when you get to that point, I’d more than happy to put you in touch with them.

  3. Whoops, I meant “edit the CSS” for the comments earlier.

    I plan to pay for the design of my site no matter what, but I will keep you and your contacts in mind to ask about it when I get to that point, Katie.

    Also, Whitney and I were chatting the other day, and she’s thinking of coming back to her home state (Idaho) this summer. I would totally make a trip out to Idaho to see both of you if that happens.

  4. Well hi there ladies.

    Katie, I’m looking forward to your new blog, too. Now that I’m getting more familiar with html and all that jazz, I’m getting really jealous of the flexibility you WordPress people have…

    Also, I just found out that I was accepted for an internship here in DC, so I will be staying out here :-(. BUT. I am still planning to head back that way in August for about a week…Jack, when would you be making the move to Chi Town?

  5. WordPress is definitely where it’s at. 🙂

    Congrats on the internship! Where are you from in Idaho, Whitney? I live in Moscow.

  6. Mid-to-late August, Whitney. I can’t say for sure when.

    Rob saw my talk of wanting to vamp up my blog and offered to host me at his Dreamhost space, so I’m working with him on doing some of my vamping suggestions. I’ve registered Improved custom headers is going to have to wait until later this year though.

  7. So Chicago is a done deal, then, Jack? How fun! I think I’d like to live in a big city at least once…though I’m probably a small town girl at heart.

  8. I can’t wait to see all the new changes to your blog, Katie!

    So when are we all getting together in Chicago?! I was just there a few weeks ago to visit my Grandma. Every time I go back there I think it would be fun to live there, but only for a little while. I’m definitely a country girl at heart.

  9. Thanks, Katie, I’m actually excited for it–my first real law job!–but obviously I’m homesick for the mountains…

    Anyway, I was born and raised in Twin Falls, but my mom is now in Boise. My family is a long bloodline of Vandals though (except for me), so I have had many an adventure up in your neck of the woods. (On an interesting and shocking side note, my Vandal sister married a Bronco. The horror.)

  10. Chicago isn’t official just yet, but I am pretty sure I’m going to move in August, whether to Multnomah or Trinity. The only thing that will stop me now is money.

  11. Jessica…a meet-up in Chicago would sure be fun! Never been there, but I’ve always wanted to go.

    Whitney…from Twin Falls, eh? I’m actually from Logan, UT, which is closer to your neck o’ the woods than Moscow. We moved here in August so my husband can get his MFA in Acting from the U of I.

    Re: your shocking sidenote, this year, the Vandals beat the Broncos in basketball TWICE, which I guess is a big deal. We went to the game here in Moscow, and I’ve never seen more vitriol–not even when BYU plays Utah. Some of the guys behind us were screaming the crassest things you’ve ever heard. Now, I don’t flinch ordinarily when I hear cussing, but this was way beyond the pale–they were yelling the “C”-word to the Boise players. So much to the amazement and secret delight of the very conservative Mormon friends we were with, I turned around and shouted, “Hey, ASSHOLES! Not okay.” They toned down after that.

    Jack…I say we do a bake sale fundraiser to get you where you need to go. Either that or we create our own band of God-warrior pirates and hijack just a few ships to pay for it. God totally condones violent theft when it’s in His service.

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