I’m currently enrolled in a course to improve my blog.
Improve the layout, the content, the user-friendliness and overall appeal of the blog. In the end, this will be a much better user experience for you, and hopefully it will drive more traffic to the site as well. In the meantime though, it means that you might notice things are shifting and changing a bit.
Last week, this was my home page:
The course I’m taking said I should streamline this. New tagline, new menus and a more intuitive experience.
So I’ve been hacking away and have some new sections to show you (in case you hadn’t noticed).
The first section didn’t really change. Because the blog is premised on 100 Things 2 Do, it seemed natural that it would be my first menu. Under this heading you’ll find all of my 100 Lists (Random Acts of Kindness, Team Names, Things 2 Do this Summer, Things 2 Do this Fall, Decluttering checklist). You’ll also see an option for free printables. Anything I’ve offered up on the blog as a printable – like the 100 lists are easily found under this menu.
The second menu has a drop down list of general topics I cover. While I post articles that fit into these categories, they aren’t as prolific as in other categories, so I’ve housed them under “Blog”. This is where you’d look for recipes (including JJ’s Kitchen), cleaning tips, organizing posts and ideas for any and all Holidays.
The next menu – DIY – is my favourite. These are items I spend more time on and have more posts on. If you are looking for furniture makeovers – general refinishing – you’d look under “Before & After”. If you want to see household items that have been repurposed for other uses (including furniture) you’d click on “Repurpose”. I’ve been having fun lately building little things, so I’ve added a page for those as well.
Next up we have the drop-down menu for “Kids”.
In reviewing my blog I noticed that, while I speak of kids and family fun, there was no central way to find articles related to those topics short of a specific search. That’s not very intuitive or user-friendly. With this sub-heading I have a way for you to find crafts for kids and ideas for learning games and parties that should make using my site a lot more fun.
The category “Mom Stuff” came about because I had nowhere to ‘file’ things that were for me. Books I’ve reviewed, fitness tips, and my favourite – gift ideas. We all know it’s Mom’s that take care of the gift giving (in general), so it seemed a good place to house all of the posts I’ve written regarding teacher gifts, bulk birthday buying and even gift wrap ideas.
Articles under these menus will crossover topics as well, so don’t worry that you’ll miss something. For example; the post on the spoon rack turned jewelry organizer can be found under “organize” as well as “repurpose” since it fits both categories.
I’m in the midst of updating the featured images for each article, but you can see how this will be more visually appealing once they are all done:
This is a screen shot of the page under “Mom Stuff > Gift Ideas” (click any of the images below to be taken directly to that page)
Here is the sample page under “DIY > Before & After”
Finally, and another project that I’m working on simultaneously with this re-org is curating my Pinterest boards. Pinterest drives a lot of traffic to my blog, so it really needs to be streamlined quite a bit. Up to this point I’ve put all crafts, DIY, sewing, cards etc under the board “DIY & Crafts”. The board became overly full and cumbersome (in my opinion) and need to be separated out. If you’re looking to sew a tote bag, you really don’t want to surf through greeting cards, paper crafts, building projects and kids crafts right?
So far, I have pulled out content from the main DIY board and have created two new boards to help you find great ideas:
More to come, but this culled the DIY/Crafts board down by over 350 pins, and will hopefully make your surfing easier.
So as the weeks progress, hopefully you’ll notice subtle changes that will make 100 Things 2 Do a much better reading/entertainment experience.
Since I’m re-organizing anyways, now would be a great time to tell me your ideas on how I can make the site better?
Have a great one – Go surf the site!