I’ve got a NEW LOOK!
Welcome friends! I’m am super excited to present to you the new look of That’s What I’m Talking About. This is something that I’ve been working towards for about a year now, and I am SO PLEASED with the outcome. I want to thank Parajunkee Design for her hard work making my dream come true. She listened to everything I wanted and got it done for me. *LOVE*
There is so much to explore!
This all started in earnest this summer when Google/Blogger flagged my blog as spam and deleted it. That was not fun, but luckily I was able to get back my content fairly quickly. It was then that I finally made the decision to move away from Blogger to WordPress. At that time I started changing the look of our reviews – making things more streamlined and sleek. I was able to add some features that I didn’t have on Blogger. And now I’m at the final stage with a completed new design, including new buttons, avis, and signatures. You’ll not only see the new look here, but also on Twitter, FaceBook, GoodReads, Google, etc. I’ve also included several easy ways to follow the blog (see the sidebar).
Now that I’ve got the design and format I want, I need to protect it! Parajunkee helped by added a few security plugins. I’ve also changed the commenting system to Disqus, which is actually pretty simple to use. I was scared of it at first, but it’s really not bad at all! Please let me know if you have any issues trying to leave a comment.
New Rating Scale!
I’ve also finally changed to a letter rating scale. For a while now, our reviews have included both a letter and star rating. Now we are moving to letters only. Take a look at the new scale. What do you think?
In celebration of the new look here at That’s What I’m Talking About, I’m giving away a $20 [US] Gift Card to Amazon! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form, below. As part of your entry, please leave me a comment about what you like about the new look, layout and/or design.
Note: Contest open to all, where not prohibited by law. If you have trouble with the Rafflecopter form, please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com.
So please take time and look around. The changes impact every page and every post. There will be new graphics coming soon when I post features like Author Guest Posts, Saturday Conversations and Sunday Snippets. I may tweak with the look of the posts, too – but not too much. I am very excited about the new design and I love sharing it with you all! Thanks so much for stopping by and your support!
the new design is easy on teh eyes, sobre and elegant but i adlmit i’m not that fond of your avatar
thank you a lot for the giveaway too
thanks for your feedback and stopping by!
I love that the gal looks like you! I think that has to be my favorite new element of yours 🙂
Thanks sweets! I love that too. I wish Parajunkee could update my look in real life too!
LOL You are perfect just the way you are 🙂 I do love the work she did though! Very impressed!
I love the new look! It is very eye catching. I do like the new avatar. That caught my eye on FB, I think it looks like you! Very pretty.
Thank you!! How have you been? Miss chatting with you. I do love the new look – I think my favorite part is the color scheme and the new fonts and sleek look.
I have been good. Things have been busy since the move. How have you been? I miss chatting with you as well. I am happy that it all came to together and looks great!!
I love the new look of your blog!!!
Thank you! I love it too!
I love the colors and the tabs! The blog is easy to navigate and it doesn’t slow down my browser like your old blog used to do. I like it!!
Thank you! Being faster was important to me in the new design. People won’t hang around to read a review if it doesn’t show up on their browser quickly!
Thank you my friend!
I love the new look!!! Plus the site is much easier to use and I really like disques. Congrats!
Thank you! At first I wasn’t a fan of disqus because I had issues with it a couple months ago trying to comment on another blog. Now I’m loving it!
OMG!! I love the new look. The rich jewel tone colors are GORGEOUS!!! Hmmm, it’s past time for me to do a redesign…Wow! smiles…
Thank you! I have the “shiny new car” feeling right now. I do love it too!
WOW! I love it! Your AVI is PERFECT!!! Great Job PJ!
I like the cool tone colors and the clean, easy readability of the website. Also, your avatar is cute and fun to me. Your new grading scale is good with the letters and pluses, minuses, easy to understand and a nice change. I’m so super happy that I can sign in as a guest without having to register with Discus, Google etc, so that I can comment!
Thanks so much, Jess1! Those are all things I was aiming for. And I’ll keep open “guest” commenting as long as I don’t get tons of spam, because I hate having to always sign in for things as well!
The blog looks great. I like the header. And that it has all your social media buttons right at the top of it.
Thank you! I wanted something that caught eyes and interest from the get go. I also hope having the buttons will help add followers!
It’s very clean–I like that! 🙂 Sometimes there is just too much going on, but I can find things easily. Your old design wasn’t bad, but I like this one better! 😀
Thanks so much! I wanted something easy to navigate. Nothing worse than getting to a website and not able to find what you want!
I love what you’ve done with the place 😀 And your new avatar is gorgeous!
I love Disqus, great choice! 🙂 Love the new look, Congrats!
I ran across it at your site the first time and it scared me. I’m so glad I tried again! Thanks!
Hey! I LOVE the new site! I love the avatar, the fonts, the colors, the navigation…The whole thing is beautiful. I’m so excited!!! Congratulations!! <3
The new look is very nice! I really like the head banner and your post signature graphic 🙂
Thank you so much!
Love it ! I moved to WP as well – but I am on a steep curve!
Oh and did you have to do a feedly upgrade to get the button?
No, I grabbed the button somewhere on the site… but I don’t see it now. It was back this summer when I first moved my stuff over from google reader. Sorry I’m not much help!
You’re always a help!
See if this helps: http://www.feedly.com/factory.html
Thanks! That’s looks great!
I love the colors!
I do think like you said, the sleek design. It all looks classy and my fav, easy to navigate!
Thanks – just what I hoped for!
I absolutely **adore** the new look! My new signature is totally BOSS, too! I think that Parajunkee did a FABULOUS job listening to your vision for design! I think that my favorite part is that your avi look soooo much like you! My favorite spunky redhead! <3
I like the new design. The colors are probably my favorite thing and I love that your Facebook and Twitter match.
Thanks, Jennifer! I like my mix and match coordination!
Love the new look! Especially how much the banner avi looks like you. Very cool!
Thanks! It’s so much fun!
My favorite things are the colors and the graphics.
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I love the new header!!
Isn’t it fun! Thanks!
Love the new look. The header and avatar are really cute. Main thing i love though is it loads really fast. Too many sites right now take forever to load so that’s a huge plus. 🙂
Thanks! I’m hoping to keep the plugins and extras down so the load time is fast!
It’s a little thing, but I like how your drop-downs turn red when you scroll over them. With the turquoise, it’s pleasing to the eye.
Love the new look – Rachel does such amazing work!
Thanks Patti – I LOVE that too – it really makes it POP!
I need to update my look too – something more sleek and professional looking, JUST LIKE THIS 🙂 Love it lady!
Love the new look of your blog. The colors are great and your picture really looks like you. Good job by Parajunkee.
I like the new girl in your image..
I follow via email-
groogruxking40 at gmail dot com
I love the colors and the avatar. The only thing I don’t like is disqus such a pain to leave comments! Maybe it’s just me but I hate they demand a sign in which I never can remember the pass word and I always have to try several times to comment as a guest. I don’t comment on a lot of blogs because of it 🙂
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Hi Jen! Welcome to WordPress. I am so glad I switched too! I love the new look!