Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Out with the old, in with the new

It may have looked very quiet here over the last couple of weeks, or so, but I've actually been busy having my own personal Bloggiesta to get In Spring it is the Dawn up and running again. As I mentioned before, I was quite happy with the previous design and layout, so for the most part, I've tried to recreate a similar look with the new template. However, it has also been a good chance to freshen things up just a little bit.

In Spring it is the Dawn
Old template 2010-2012

The blog header has been slightly revamped. I've also created some new pages, updated a lot of lists, moved things around, and just generally tried to make it simpler, cleaner, and hopefully easier to navigate. And most importantly, there shouldn't be any more compatibility issues with Blogger's new additions and back-end coding changes. Please do let me know though if you find something that doesn't work, or looks funny. There are still a few things that I'd like to work on, and a few tweaks to be made, but for now it's time to get back to business!

In Spring it is the Dawn 2012
New template June 2012

If you follow me on Twitter, or the In Spring it is the Dawn Facebook page, you'll know that I was in Anaheim, CA this past weekend for the American Library Association Annual Conference (ALA), and I have to say that it was really motivating. I've really missed blogging these past few months as we packed up and moved across the ocean, and I can't wait to get back to chatting books with you, starting with the exciting new books I picked up at the Conference.

Thanks again to everyone for their patience, and support, more recently, and over the years. It's so good to be back!





28 comments:

  1. Well it looks great here! I seen your twitter post and was curious what you had tossed out...LOL

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    1. Thanks Sheila! Mostly I've just tossed out some of the clutter. LOL.

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  2. That is such a beautiful header! And I love the pages. I need to work on putting a few more things on pages and clean up my sidebars.

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    1. Thank you, Terri! I'd been wanting to get the pages better organized for a while so it was nice to finally do it.

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  3. Looks great, Nat! So glad you're back to blogging. I've missed your posts!!!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! It's very nice to be back! I've missed blogging, and am looking forward to catching up with everyone.

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  4. I'm so glad you're back! And I love the new look of the blog, it looks a little more lighter, with more space, somehow? I like it :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! I think it's because it is not crowded with all the lines around each section now that makes it look much more spacious. I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

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  5. Wonderful!!! I sure do love your header.

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  6. Love the new layout, and most of all I love the fact that you're blogging again. Welcome back!

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    1. Thank you! It's so good to be back, at last!

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  7. Welcome back!! I love the new look.

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  8. I'm loving the new look! I can't wait until you start blogging again. Even though you're not, you've still added books to my tbr list! ;-)

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    1. LOL. That's what I like to hear! You'll have to let me know what you think of them. :)

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    2. I really love your new blog header with the beautiful paper flowers. That's what I want for my nengajo!

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  9. Welcome back, Nat, you where missed. Your header is beautiful!

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  10. The new look is lovely! Very fresh and "open" and clean. Love!

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  11. love the new banner ,all the best stu

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  12. It's beautiful, your blog looks so light and bright and eye-catching. Lovely! Welcome back, too :-)

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  13. Love the new template and that you are back!

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  14. I read this post a few days ago but didn't have time to comment. So glad to have you back and I look forward to your transition to San Diego blogger. :) The site is gorgeous as always. I wish I had your artistic eye!

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  15. It looks lovely here, Nat, as usual! I love what you've done with your blogger template which is made it totally your own.

    The cat cradle information you gave me is perfect; I not only had never seen one before, when I showed it to my husband he thought we should puchase one immediately. Save on the wear and tear of the best mahogany living room furniture we have. ;)

    Good to see you around again, and I hope you're feeling refreshed and happy in California.

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  16. Hi Nat...hisashiburi :)

    It's been a while since I visited your blog. I like the new look.

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  17. Just popped by to wish you & yours a Merry Xmas & a happy New Year.

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