De-cluttering the Blog

37 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 3 bags

This is a short little post about the new look of this blog.

When I first started writing, I was reading a bunch of other blogs. I really loved the layouts with continuous feeds. It allowed me to fully immerse myself and get lost in the stories. As a result, I initially chose a continuous feed for this blog.

With more posts however, the blog started to feel quite messy. It started to look complicated and busy. I decided the blog needed a cleaner, simpler interface.

Today I spent half the day adjusting my blog to a new layout. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but it’s close.

All my categories appear in the main menu. Only the most recent three posts appear in the feed. You can still read in chronological order if you click the little arrows at the very end of each post. At the bottom of the page with my social media buttons, there is an ‘archives’ section which will show the posts in order by month.

Let me know what you think. Is it better? Can you still find what you’re after? I hope you like it!

 


12 thoughts on “De-cluttering the Blog

  1. Too much distraction. Remove all photos, links, and comments (cat pictures are okay). All you need for a true minimalist website is plain text and ASCII art.

    In all seriousness, there is not enough contrast between the title/tagline and picture behind it. Otherwise improved.

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  2. It’s a nice de-cluttered look but at first glance I was confused because the About information was high up on the Home page and I had to scroll down to see your latest posts. I thought I had clicked an About page by mistake. Is there a way to move the About section below the latest posts?

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  3. It’s definitely more accessible. I always feel relieved after decluttering as I can see things clearer. Had an uplift on my site too and I can also navigate around easier. Love the photo you have on cover!

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  4. I was having the same conundrum and opted for a similar solution. Decided on a few key categories which I then added (as you’ve done) to the title or menu bar. Although I am also considering creating a completely different blog for the “Teaching” category as I am not sure how relevant it is to readers coming to a blog for travel tales!

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  5. I like the three posts per category. One continuous feed is too difficult to find anything unless there are search bars added at convenient spots. And I don’t even read those blogs where they are a table of photos with posts underneath as I never know which ones are the latest posts. I tried clicking on some of the table’s photos that appeal and end up finding a post from 2 years ago so now I don’t even bother with blogs that have the template.

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