Friday Five – 2015 Goals…Blog Design Edition

January 2, 2015

Happy Friday! Anyone back to work today? Today I am linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia and the theme is “2015 Goals”.  Because I shared my 2015 goals earlier this week, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to expand upon my blog redesign goal.  

1. Self-Hosting 

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I started this blog in October 2013 and in hindsight I wish I self-hosted and purchased a domain from the beginning.  While I’ve enjoyed using the tumblr platform for its simplicity I look forward to more ownership and creative freedom. This will likely occur in the the second or third quarter of the year as I finalize on some design decisions (plus it would be neat if I could code it myself).

2. Aesthetic Facelift

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Speaking of design….I would like to give my blog a little facelift.  Nothing too drastic – I like simple and clean sites.  I’ve sketched out some ideas and created an inspiration board (nothing to fancy – a PowerPoint slide).  Some new elements include an updated banner, hover dropdown menus, updated sidebar.  This will probably be rolled out with #1. 

3. Email Subscription Option 

A few months ago Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes asked if I had an email subscription option.  It did not occur to me (still a blogging newbie haha) that there are readers who use/prefer that communication outlet…made total sense!  This will likely be rolled out with #1 and #2 as well.  

4. Header Updates

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My “About Me” page is definitely outdated – I need to freshen it up with a new summary and pictures.  I would also like to add a new page, “Run the States” which will keep track of where I’ve run a half marathon or marathon (ultimately would like to run a half or marathon in every state).  I plan on completing this soon.  

5. Content Cleanup

Cleanup some of my old posts, update some links, and add them to some of my Pinterest boards.  This will be an ongoing process to prepare for the larger redesign elements.

Any tips or advice?

Does anyone have a site they could recommend that could produce a map for Run the States?

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