You might have noticed a little change here on The Lovely Cupboard…a facelift! I’ve been excited about the new look for quite some time and was just as anxious to share this virtual makeover with you as I have been the real makeovers in my home. I wanted to take a bit and explain why I changed the look, why I love it, and how it works with some of my goals for blogging. Also, I wanted to give a little info on why I’m making specific advertising choices on my site. (If you couldn’t give a flip about any of this, I apologize. Feel free to move on from today’s post. I am not offended in the least. I’ll have a yummy recipe later this week to share.)
The very talented Molly Jaques designed the logo and much of the lettering you see. Ana of Blog Milk is a wizard (of the most helpful and friendly persuasion) and made sure everything is working as it should with the redesign.This is the second time I’ve worked with Ana. If you are looking for a new blog theme, her shop offers several beautiful selections for a very reasonable price.
I really liked my first design. I came up with the concept and Ana did a beautiful job creating exactly what I asked for. At the time though, I was pretty new to blogging (still am) and didn’t realize how designing a blog is a bit different than decorating a room. The more that I blogged and read other blogs, I began getting a clearer picture of what kind of aesthetic I wanted mine to have. The old look just didn’t fit.
Here’s what I wanted in the new design:
– A logo that was simple and memorable
-A clean, crisp appearance that didn’t detract from pictures in the post
-A side bar section that was easily navigable for first time readers and regulars alike
-A bog search bar, yay!
-“Reply” option to individual comments. This is great for me to reply specifically to people who may not have their email attached to their profile (which is how I reply to most comments.)
-Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook buttons at the bottom of each post, so they can easily be shared.
-A projects page that’s a combination of the old DIY and Before & After pages. All the projects in one place. Organized and streamlined. Be still my bloggy heart.
A Shoppe? What?!
Yes! I’m excited to be collecting items for a Lovely Cupboard shop on Etsy that will be launching in the coming weeks. It’s a mix of vintage items for the home and unique finds for your kitchen cupboard. Can’t wait to show you guys.
What’s with all the sponsors?
Here’s the deal. I love blogging, but it’s work. It takes time. And money. Unless you are a super blogger that has 20,000+ followers you’re probably not making a full-time living from blogging. I work full time as a teacher and blog on the side. It’s a hobby that generates a tiny bit of money for me, so I can justify the many hours a week I spend doing it.
Right now a lot of what I make from the blog goes back into improving the look, cost of upkeep, or tools to help me learn more about blogging and photography. The rest helps me buy fun ingredients like capers and safron, pricey items I wouldn’t normally buy for just one recipe but find myself doing often for recipes I share here.
Joining an ad network (the larger flashing ads) is a way for me to count on a very small but predictable amount coming in each month. Partnering with small shops is something I love to do. These are shops that I’ve found, adored, and contacted. A few have approached me. While I worked with some, I (politely) turned down a few shops that I personally wouldn’t purchase from and felt readers like you would not be interested in. When I do partner with a new small shop and introduce them to you, I feel like I’m sharing my latest find with friends. This is the kind of advertising I hope to do more of in the future.
I have a blog and would like to know more about monetizing options. Where do I start?
When I started my blog, I didn’t even realize people were making from blogging. It can be overwhelming trying to understand what options are out there. If you are new to blogging and are interested in finding out how to make a little bit of money from your blog, I highly recommend taking a class offered by ALT Summit led by Liz Stanley who writes one of my favorite blogs. It’s called Getting Started with Advertising. This 60 minute web class was so helpful to give me an idea of what the heck I should even be doing in this area. That class was the best $15 I’ve ever spent for my blog.
Ok friends…I would like to hear your thoughts. Love it? Why? Hate it? Please tell me. Seriously. I want to know. Please don’t leave me hanging with a new look!