Welcome to Domestic Imperfection 2.0. Brighter, fresher, and more organized. Actually this is like Domestic Imperfection 5.0, but this one was done correctly and will be sticking around. The previous design was done mostly by me, and although it looked alright to y’all it has some serious flaws on my side. But now it all better, thanks to the wonderful Kristi Lineaur of Addicted 2 Decorating.
The new header isn’t a complete departure from my old one, it’s just updated. There are two navigation bars along the header, the top one is admin stuff and the lower one will take you to all the DIY goodness. The project gallery (and really the whole lower bar) is still being an organized, so if it’s a little crazy and confusing just know it won’t last long.
Probably the biggest change is that the homepage is now truncated with only snippets of posts instead of full posts.
Here is the part where I tell you that if you don’t care about truncation (or even know what it is) then you should stop reading and go do something else. Seriously, Adam just proofread this post, called it “brutally boring”, and said he never would have read it if he wasn’t married to me. You’ve been warned. (But do read my announcements at them bottom.)
Here is the thing about truncated homepages…I love them, and have been wanting to truncate mine for a while. Then a couple of weeks ago Mandi from Vintage Revivals (who is also doing a blog redesign) asked her readers if she should truncate her homepage or leave it full posts. Her posts spurred this similar one from Brooke at All Things Thrifty (whose design I like so much that I based mine off if it). The answers from their readers shocked me…people HATE truncated posts. Seriously hate them. I had no idea. I almost decided not to do it, but here is the thing…I LOVE them. I love them as a reader and as a blogger.
Well, as a reader I like to see a lot of post options right in front of me. I read a lot of blogs, but 95% of them I read sporadically and don’t follow super closely. So I like to look at their last 10 posts or so, pic out the best sounding one, read it, and move onto the next blog. I like truncated posts as a blogger for basically the same reason…sometimes I post great stuff and I don’t mind that it sits on my homepage for a week, but other times a post just isn’t related to DIY (like my monthly ramblings) and people looking for DIY see that and leave forever. Also, when I do sponsored posts I am required to only have them be snippets on the home page anyway, which is why sometimes you see random truncated posts. And I am always forgetting and getting reprimanded.
Here is the main reason though…Pinterest. Pinterest is huge for bloggers. HUGE. I would say at least 70% of my traffic comes from pinterest. When you have full posts on your homepage people pin from there instead of from the actual post. Then, when a pinterest user clicks on it, it brings them to the homepage….where the tutorial they were looking for is long gone. When this happens to me it is super frustrating, and when I come across a pin from my site that has been pinned from the homepage I shake my fists in fury. Okay not really, but it is basically a wasted pin. Wasted pins = bad. If posts are truncated then readers HAVE to pin from the actual post, which me and other pinterest surfers appreciate.
If you absolutely hate truncated posts, don’t leave yet…I have something that might change your mind about ditching me. In those posts by Mandi and Brooke, I think people were a little confused and thought they were asking about truncated feeds (what goes into readers and e-mail). As a blog reader I don’t use RSS or e-mail, I just type in the blog URL or click over from facebook, so I don’t know firsthand how frustrating an extra click from your reader is. All I know is that the whole topic sparked some passionate responses from readers. So, I’m giving you a peace offering. An olive branch. I’m going to UN-truncate my feed. You will now get full posts in your readers and e-mail inbox. This puts me at risk for having my content scraped and stolen (which is why bloggers truncate feeds in the first place), but if all my readers are annoyed with it then I’m going to try to make reading my blog less annoying. I really want y’all to have a good experience here, and if that means not coming to my actual blog then that is what I’m going to do. Whew, such a long explanation! I just wanted y’all to understand a little of why I did what I did. Anyway, go ahead and explore, and if you find any kinks or broken links then please let me know so I can fix them.
Also, I also have a few other announcements…
Announcement one –
Tomorrow morning (June 24th) I will be posting my house tour. Yes, it is true…I bet y’all never thought this day would come! I’m telling you in advance because I’ve decide to make it a link party as well. This will be a link up for house tours ONLY, so if you are blogger and have a house tour I want to see it! And if you don’t have a house tour yet I want to give you a little kick in the pants to get it done. So come back Monday, June 24th at 8am (central time) to link up!
Have you been inspired by one of my projects and created your own version? Sweet. Perfect. I want you to e-mail it to me. I’m putting together a post of reader projects and I need submissions! So if you have stenciled a table, organized your pantry, made something awesome with pennies, pillowified a placemat, or put your own awesome spin on something you first saw over here then I am talking to you. I will need one or two pictures of the finished project, your name, and a sentence or so about it, and which project it was inspired you, and if you are a blogger a link to your post. Please e-mail all submissions to domesticimperfection at gmail dot com with the title “reader project”. If you have sent me your project before then please send it again, I wasn’t very good about keeping and organizing them. Also, I have no idea how many submissions I will get and I can’t guarantee every project will get featured. Maybe I’ll just get a few and can feature everyone, but if I get more than 30 or so I’m going t have to get choosy. Just so everyone knows beforehand.