When I started this blog last November I knew that I had a whole lot of things that I wanted to write about. They all fit into the categories of Parenting, Adoption, Organization & Decor. I recently sat down to continue planning out future posts and the list just doesn’t stop. I guess that is what happens when you get the wonderful opportunity to write about your passions.
With organization making up one of my top four passions it only seemed fitting that I find ways to organize this blog in an efficient manner for ya’ll. All the while still keeping things true to my personality…simple. I’m not looking for high tech, flashy banners or windows…just a simple way to navigate and find things at An Inviting Home.
Originally I created a “project gallery” to keep all of the past projects organized and a “parenting tips” tab for sharing some ideas that we have stumbled upon along the way (out of complete desperation!) The “Reality of…” tab was the space for sharing posts that I had written to more specifically talk about how our lives have changed for the better since adopting our three oldest children and thoughts on the topic of adoption in general.
As more posts have been added these sections have grown and it seemed it was time to organize them a little more. I started researching ideas for how to create a better project gallery with bigger images and creating separate categories under each page.
During our time away, I spent a whole day in Canada researching about html code and editing some fill in the blank html codes to create this new gallery (yeah, I had no clue what “html” was either prior to blogging…actually I still don’t.) The short story is that I decided that I never want to be a web master full time and tears will flow if you spend 45 minutes writing up codes and then your computer glitches and the code doesn’t save. I emailed back and forth with Erica from Craftivity Designs and she was SUPER, so kind and helpful. She even shared with me the “code” to keep the pinterest button from trying to attach to every picture in the gallery.
This is what the previous gallery looked like…
After my eyes crossing, tears, a lot of caffeine and my time in Canada coming to a close I decided to go back to what I knew.
In the end I went back to my original format and used a popular site called inlinkz to organize my posts. A lot of people use this program to create Link parties so that many people can link up their posts in one area. However, it can also be used to create a gallery of your own posts.
I created multiple categories like kitchen organization, laundry, etc. and now you can find things under more specific categories instead of all together into one jumbled bunch!
It is looking a whole lot more like this…
I also decided to change the “Reality of…” tab to a simple, “Adoption” tab that would be more descriptive of what it actually talked about.
Feel free to explore around the new tabs. I hope that you enjoy the changes and that it allows you to find things that are helpful and interesting to you! As always, feel free to email me with any questions or thoughts that you might have.