Holy moly, you guys! I am shaking my head in disbelief that I have reached my 1000th post here on Atypical Type A!
That’s a lot of crafting, DIYing, photographing, editing and writing, yo.
Over the last three and a half years since I launched, the blog has developed so much. But through all the growth, the one thing that hadn’t changed was the look of the site.
If this blog had grown into being a teenager, it was still sleeping in a nursery.
Okay, not that creepy. But still very much overdue.
So this is my new much-needed grown-up blog design.
The design isn’t too much of a change of pace, it’s more of a freshening up plus a new logo.
The main difference you’ll notice is in the features and usability. The categories are now in easy drop-down menus at the top, including a new category ‘Create’ just for crafts and DIY (replacing the old ‘Communicate’ category which is now redundant since I have moved all of my stationery business posts over here).
I’ve blown the dust off my languishing projects page and overhauled it make it more visual and easy to use. I am still in the time-consuming task of categorising my entire archives, but eventually it will be a comprehensive gallery of DIY projects.
The other feature that has been in the works for some time is a shop! I’ve been wanting a way to pull together all of my favourite products so that you can find the items that you’re looking for at any given time (rather than just in blog post topics that may not be relevant to you at that time).
In particular it was important to me to ensure that products are available in Australia. My local readers will understand how frustrating it is to get excited about a product found on a blog or online shop only to find it won’t ship here. I still have a TON more items on my shortlist from a variety of retailers so keep checking back in!
The shop is more of a collection of curated products; the actual shopping will still be done on the retailers’ sites – just click on the green buttons to see all the product details. If you’re wondering how it works, I get a (very) small slice of the purchase price as a commission (at no extra cost to you, of course). The earnings will go towards maintaining the site and creating new projects.
Like decorating a home, a blog design is never truly ‘finished’. I will soon need to add another house tour for the new house, continue categorising all the archives and other continual tweaks. But I am totally happy-dancing now that my long-awaited blog redesign is finally out there in the world!
I want to thank Zoe Rooney for bringing my ideas to life and to YOU for reading Atypical Type A for some (or even all?!) of the last 1000 posts.
Here’s to the next 1000.