A New Year, A New Look

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penguin classic booksIt’s finally here — the big blog unveiling!

You might’ve noticed the lack of posts around these parts the past few weeks. That’s because I’ve been focusing my efforts behind the scenes to revamp My Life as a Teacup from top to bottom. (If you’re reading this post in an RSS reader like Feedly, I suggest opening this post in your actual browser to experience the new site in all of its glory!)

A note to those of you in Feedly, etc.: You will need to update your bookmarks to http://www.mylifeasateacup.com/blog to get the latest posts in you RSS reader!

In the upcoming weeks I’ll also be rolling out new features and getting in the groove of an adjusted posting schedule. Not much will change in that regard, but you will find even more writing-related posts and features, and more of your favorite content in one place.

Aside from the physical look of the website, the biggest change you’ll notice is my newly offered editing services. Whether you’re writing an e-book, working on a novel, or are a blogger looking to polish up your content, there’s a little something for everyone.

There’s still some work to be done behind the scenes (like going back to fix and update pictures; namely the one of my laptop where the screen is so dirty you guys thought there were smudges and fingerprints on your computer screens), but I couldn’t be happier with how far this blog has come! I urge you to take some time to play around and explore the new space here, and please, let me know what you think! What works? What doesn’t? What do you wish there was more of? What do you wish would just go away?

To celebrate the launch of the new site, I’d like to offer one My Life as a Teacup reader the chance to test drive my editing services! One reader will win the ‘Minor Character’ package — that’s editing and proofreading for three of your upcoming blog posts.

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What new feature are you most excited about?

  • Yay! The new look is AWESOME! Also because you used my favourite colours…
    Congrats for your new fresh start, Kristin.

    I grabbed the new NovelTea banner, since I’m reading Emma 🙂

    • mylifeasateacup

      Thanks, Alice! How’s Emma coming along so far? I’m really excited that’s the pick for this month 🙂

  • I seriously just keep browsing around because I think the new site looks so fabulous. Questions: Are you going to switch back over to Disqus, and have you updated the Bloglovin’ link? (Probably, because you’re a smart cookie, but I figured I’d double check.) Oh, and another one: I see there are sponsors on the right-hand side, but there’s no link at the top–do you mean to have one or is it going to be somewhere else, or is there even another option I’m not thinking of?

    Okay, I think I’m done. Congrats on the new site!!

    • mylifeasateacup

      I’m on the fence about Disqus. I loved it and never had any troubles with it, so I probably will unless someone makes a convincing argument to keep the native WordPress commenting plugin. The Bloglovin’ link is in the midst of being switched over by their team so followers shouldn’t have to do anything wonky either. The sponsors I’m actually in the process of phasing out. I’ve got a few prior arrangements that I’m handling, but after I’ll only be posting banners to a few current projects and select programs that I’m a part of. I just feel like ads and sponsor posts don’t perform as well as they should for sponsors, and I’d rather work on an individual basis with bloggers and brands to feature them rather than commit to group posts and whatnot like I used to. I might put some sponsors options back up eventually, but right now I’m focusing elsewhere. If you’ve got something in mind though, ask/share away!

      Thanks a bunch, Sonya!

  • I love the new look! Congrats it’s amazing!!!

  • It’s beautiful, Kristin! Did you do the design yourself or did you hire someone? I’m thinking about switching to WordPress myself.

    • mylifeasateacup

      Thanks Kate! The theme is from Restored 316 but I did the tweaks myself. I have to say, I’m really enjoying the switch to WordPress – it was just time!

  • Hey Kristin!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new look! I wish I was talented enough to do something like this! Congrats to you and I look forward to your new content as well!

  • I loved you before and I still do! Congrats on the changes! Happy New Year! xx

  • B

    I love the new look! The header is perfect!

    • mylifeasateacup

      Why thank you! The logo was done of Jess of Bookworms in Dresses and I’m in love with it 🙂

  • The new site is so lovely, Kristin, congrats!! I definitely need to dedicate some time to explore around. 🙂 In reading some above comments, the only reason I think the using Disqus can be a bonus is that people will see your replies. Based on a poll I did, I’m pretty sure about 75% of people who comment on my blog don’t actually see my replies, as they don’t check the ‘notify me of new comments’ button, and I don’t blame them. That emails you EVERY time ANYONE adds a new comment, not just in response to your own, and I think that’s a bit annoying. So Disqus is a great way to eliminate that hassle. Anywho, just my two cents! Love the site, and look forward to your always excellent content!

    • mylifeasateacup

      Good to know! Switching over to Disqus, without question! (That subscribe to all was always annoying in my eyes!)

  • OMG!! This is so so fantastic! This new site is so YOU! I love it to much! Yay!

    • mylifeasateacup

      That so great to hear! Thanks Sara!

  • Ooh I’m looking forward to more writing posts! The new theme is beautiful.

    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

  • Love the new logo!

    • Thanks you! Jess of Bookworms in Dresses designed it! (bookwormsindresses.blogspot.com)

  • Annie P.

    Welcome back!

    Beautiful design and congrats on the WP switch, too, btw: Moving to WP is perhaps the single best thing bloggers can do since they begin blogging. Since it has quite a bit of a learning curve [tho don’t worry; you’ll be a pro in no time] I’d be happy to help w/any Qs: annie[at]therantinglatina[dot]com.

    Looking fwd to continuing to read more and wish you tons of success on your new venture :D!

    • I put it off for so long since the benefits seemed minimal (what I had worked!) But the subtle efficiencies win, hands down.

      Thank you so much! I’ll surely be emailing you about questions 🙂 You’re too kind to offer!

      • Annie P.

        You’re so right. I wish more bloggers knew that b/c blogspot can get so clunky at times–not to mention it’s not mobile-friendly at all…

        And it’s the least I can do for one of my favorite bloggers, so you’d be more than welcome!

        • Aw, thanks! 🙂
          (Oh, god, the mobile version of Blogger was horrendous!)

  • I really like it! I’m excited to read the new posts and features! ^^

  • The new look is beautiful. So clean. I cannot wait to move to WordPress. I’m most excited about your editing services. It’s like a specific personal assistant service. It’s perfect!

    • Thank you! It does kind of feel like a personal editing assistant and makes me think of all the times coworkers will run to find that *one* person and ask “Can you take a look at this for me?”, haha.

  • Kim

    Site looks great! (And oh my stars that logo is wonderful!) I love it, congratulations and best of luck with ALL THE THINGS! 🙂

  • The new site looks gorgeous, friend. Congrats.

    Did you go the WordPress.org route? Vs. the WordPress.com one, that is.

    • Thank you! I’m .org and I’m so glad I went the paid AND WordPress route. So worth it!

      • I’ll have to investigate. I’m a little intimidated by the whole process, but the behind-the-scenes seems so much more robust than Blogger.

        • It honestly wasn’t as hard as I thought. I had a little hiccup with my new host, but a friend of mine who’s a web developer was able to help me sort it out. It didn’t seem like anything too major, so I’m sure even customer support would’ve been able to help me find a way around it. I don’t see that much wrong with Blogger, as people seem to make it out to be, but I see what they’re talking about in terms of WordPress just being awesome.

          • Good to know! I’m pretty OK with Blogger, but the idea of a nicer responsive site is tempting.

          • Which hosting company did you go with? I’m sorry to be a bother. 🙂

          • Not a problem at all! My domain is with Hover but I’m hosted with BlueHost, just because of what I had before and what WordPress promoted/integrated with easily. So far, I’m digging the combination, as much as one can really dig a domain/web host.

          • Awesome, thanks. In the brief look I’ve taken, it does seem like BlueHost integrates best. (And I have Hover domains, too.) Thank you!