Website redesign, and new blog directions

Marguerite Gerard lady reading

I have to express again my gratitude for your input in the redesign of this blog and my website. For the latter, see how I picked this lady absorbed in her reading for the From unpublished to published section, and the wonderful Boilly for the Contact & Blog section. Now the site has been optimized and should load much faster, and you can begin to browse in the For the King section. It is unfinished but there is an excerpt of the novel there already…

But now there is a new twist: a member of Historical Fiction Online (by the way if you are at all interested in that genre and are not yet a member, you should sign up there) has made a bold suggestion. Bolder than anything I had envisioned, but I think it has a great deal of potential. It would be, while keeping the current look, to offer the posts in a format much closer to what you find in news blogs, such as Slate of the Huffington Post, among many others.

For instance, my last post recapped four older posts on seasonal topics: Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and Lent. Instead of just linking to those, this new format would allow me to have all four entries on the home page of the blog, just as you would find different articles on the home page of a newspaper.

This would not, by the way, affect the blue background and the header picture of La Conciergerie, which I love, and which seem to please you as well. Yet it would revolutionize (ah!) the presentation of the middle part of the site by allowing several articles there at the same time.

The downside, apart of course from your possible disapproval, would be the cost of a complete customization of the template. My web designer has not yet given me the bad news, and I won’t pursue it if there is no enthusiasm on your part.

Is this only a vanity project? Or would it be a real plus to the reader? What do you think?

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7 Comments to “Website redesign, and new blog directions”

  1. Luigi Fulk says:

    I bookmarked this link. Thank you for good job!

  2. Yes, it is important for people to be able to easily find all the interrelated articles on a given topic. And you have quite a wealth of information here, Catherine.

    BTW, the illustrations you picked for my interview were perfect! Many thanks!

  3. Penny Klein says:

    Now that I have been visiting the links, I like it even better. But whatever you decide will be the right decision. Trust
    your instincts if it comes down to that.

  4. Catherine Delors says:

    Thanks for your kind words, Elena! The visual aspect is a great part of the fun of writing this blog. I enjoyed picking the illustrations for your interview, for instance…

    You are fortunate to have this nifty feature. I have noticed it on your posts for some time. If I want to bring up old posts here, I have to do it manually, and it doesn’t create those neat thumbnails you get on Blogspot. I think, regardless of whether or not I decide to go for a newspaper layout, I need to make this template far more flexible than it currently is.

  5. This blog is so visual, with beautiful art and writing presented in such a tasteful way. I don’t know if that format would be as effective as your present one. I am sure that if you did change the format, Catherine, you would give make it lovely and readable. I have found the Link Within widget to be helpful in generating related posts to a particular article but it all happens quite randomly and I have little control over what it generates.

  6. Catherine Delors says:

    Your enthusiasm cheers me up, Penny! Thank you. This is very tempting, I must say…

  7. Penny says:

    I love it. Full speed ahead. that is more French literature and history for me.
    I think we all have to move ahead and try new things and not be afraid to fail. NOT that that is going to happen here. Just that I encourage you to try new things with the blog. I would be happy if the software responded faster when I want to post. But other than that It sounds like a great idea and I subscribe to the Huffington Post among others. So I know what you are talking about.

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