It’s not you. It’s me. I’ve changed.
Styling You has a new frock. A lighter, more fun and playful type of “frock”.
It was time. It’s almost two years ago since she changed outfits and in that time her content has changed SO much.
Let me clarify … I haven’t changed WHAT I write about. No, the subject matter has stayed the same. It’s more the HOW I write about that subject matter that has changed..
See, a strange thing has happened over the past two years. Somewhere along this blogging journey, I think I finally got it. It got what the buzz about blogging was all about.
It’s about YOU, and YOU … and YOU.
YOU – my readers – YOU are what makes this blogging game work. YOU let me know when you like a post. YOU let me know when you like a post so much, YOU buy something I’ve mentioned in it.
YOU write to me, asking me questions, looking for answers on your own life or blogging journey.
And I like that.
In my former life I was a journo, I rarely heard from my readers unless they had something not very nice to say. That was sad (getting feedback that was nice was so rare, I used to keep a plastic folder of the nice things … and it wasn’t a very big folder).
Now, I’m bolstered every day by your lovely words here on the blog, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You make the hard work and late nights worthwhile because it’s a conversation. Blogging is a multi-way street.
When so many of you “de-lurked” last month, I got quite emotional. I usually reply to all my comments but, to these, I kind of didn’t know how because you were all so bloody nice to me. So, I say thank you now. From the bottom of my bloggie heart.
Styling You’s new design really is all about YOU.
My aim is to make the blog even more open and personable – somewhere where you like to hang out and stay a while.
Anyone new to the blog will hopefully suss out straight away what I’m all about … as my new tagline says … it’s about real-girl style. Not the unreachable stuff of high-fashion mags; more the reachable and useful advice that you can take on board today and implement tomorrow.
Your favourite posts – and my popular competitions – will sit together for longer in the “slider” at the top of the page.
My social media buttons are no longer a mix mash of different sizes and you can easily subscribe via email or RSS. I’ve condensed the number of post categories I write in – to keep navigation simple. And I’ve made the sidebars more open so the content is easier to read.
I’ve changed the comment system over to Disqus (click on the link to sign up for an account if you don’t already have one). More and more of the blogs I follow are using this system and I find it super easy myself to comment on those blogs as my desktop computer or iPad saves my information. I like that I can “like” your comments and I like the non-clunky (geek talk for fast loading) way it processes the comments. I love that you can upload an image to your comment. And if you miss being able to leave a link to your blog, then feel free to do so within your comment (just don’t get all spammy on me!).
Lastly, I’ve freshened up my bloggie colours. Since I started this blog in 2008, I’ve always had a combination of black, red/pink, white and grey. Now, say hello to a touch of green. I blame this frock from my actual wardrobe for inspiration.
So, I thank YOU in advance … for coping with my blog’s change of frock … and hopefully liking my blog’s new personal style.
While I’m saying thanks, I really need to give a shout out to the amazing people who have made it all happen.
#1 Katrina Chambers, from The Media Maid
For starters, she didn’t laugh at my *extensive* blog makeover brief. Well, if she did, I didn’t hear her because she’s a long, long way away 😉 Katrina has also put up with a gazillion emails back and forth as I ummed and ahhed over fonts, colours and white space. She is a true professional – and “got” what I was looking for straight away. She also understands constraints such as school runs and Friday night wine time.
#2 Lou O’Brien, from Images by Lou O’Brien
Lou and I go way back to when she started as a cadet photographer on the same newspaper I used to work for. I love that she too didn’t laugh when I gave her my “vision”, instead executing it to the letter in an incredibly efficient and talented way. I loved that she works with a hair and makeup artist (thanks Sarah … that’s her in the top photo), who worked her magic on me before studio time and made the whole process so much easier.
#3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12 my blogging buddies
You know who you are. Each of you is such an amazing asset to this industry and I’m completely and utterly in awe of all that you each do every day. Thanks for offering me advice on how to get started and taking a peek at things as I was going along. This blogging thing can seem so far away from working in an office where you can bounce ideas off your peers but you all make that bouncing possible … we’re not just hanging out in the same tea room together complaining about who drank the last of the milk.
So, welcome to the new Styling You. Click on through and let me know what you think. If something’s not working for you, please let me know and bear with us as we make sure everything’s how it should be.