I've been teasing you all with this for awhile now, and after a few hiccups, my updated blog is ready. I wanted to use a professional blog designer to help me with this, but while I found some good deals out there, it just wasn't in my budget. :( So after a lot of sweat and tears, and mistakes, I did it myself and am pretty happy with the results. Making a blog design takes a good knowledge of HTML, which I feel pretty confident in doing after redigning my blog! Some of the things I've done is freshen up my layout, making it cleaner and neater, adding new social media buttons, removing some, and resizing the remaining graphics in my sidebar, to make the sidebar flow more smoothly, added a new header, and renamed my blog.
For the longest time I've had my old nickname of Angel as part of my blog's name. I'm older now though, and haven't used that name in a really long time. That, along with wanting to make my blog neater, moved me to shorten the name to simply Home Sweet Homestead, which I think suits my blog's theme and content better at this stage of my life. All of my children are grown now, and have places and life's of their own, so it's just my husband and I, along with one of my sons, who lives in his own little home here on the homestead as well. Both of us are not in the best of health, so we have handed over a lot of the duties of taking care of the land to my son, as we prepare to do a lot more traveling in our RV. There are so many places my husband and I want to see and explore, before we get to old, or sick, to enjoy them.
Another thing I'm working on is a new recipe index. Some of my older recipes need serious rewriting and new pictures, so I put those in draft mode, and will be adding them back to my index as I complete them. I used to use InLinkz, but after they changed their policy and started charging for their project manager, which had originally been free, I switched to using Pinterest. I understand that people need to charge money for their services, but since I'm not making any money on my blog at the moment, I have to rely on free things for now.
While I'm no photographer by any stretch of the imagination, my more recent photos look a lot better than the ones I took several years ago. I have much to learn when it comes to taking good pictures, but as I slowly build up my photography equipment, they are getting better little by little. (When I can get them set up in time to photograph during the day). That seems to be when my photos look their best, when I can shoot them in the sunlight, because my indoor lighting sucks. A lot of times though the recipes I share are for supper, which means they are made later in the day. So it always seems I'm working to beat the clock, and the sunset, to get the food finished, plated and photographed. I'm working on that though, and we have been eating a little earlier in the day to make it easier on me.
So while you'll be seeing much of the same content as you did before, I will be adding more frugal tips and DIY projects, along with stories of our travels. Now that there isn't so much work to do on the homestead, I'll have a little more time to work on some of the projects I've put off for way to long. I'm also working on making YouTube videos, so keep an eye out for that too.
I want to give anyone out there thinking about rebranding their blog a bit of advice. Make really, REALLY sure that's what you want to do. It is NOT easy, and I highly recommend hiring a professional to do it for you if you can afford it. With that being said, Goodbye Angels Home Sweet Homestead, hello Home Sweet Homestead!
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