Thursday, December 16, 2010

Like the new look?

Whew. Yesterday was a productive day, but not for writing. I gave the blog an overhaul. How do you like it? I think it’s a cleaner look, don’t you? Easier to read, and I packed lots more info from my web site, mostly about my books.

Mimicking my web site, each book has its own offshoot page from the main Books page to showcase it individually with the blurb, reviews, trailer and excerpt. For an example, take a look at the page for Seventh Heaven.

Additional changes are in the works. In 2011, I'll have frequent posts, but not every day. I feel a real need to slow things down. Likewise, Author Spotlights will appear on a page rather than a post, probably beginning in March, as I already have some authors scheduled. They'll also be on a set weekly schedule to give authors a full week rather than a day in the Spotlight. It will also allow my blog to function more like a web site.

Which brings up an issue I’ve been wondering about. After doing a wonderful job redesigning her blog, Susan Gourley began the discussion about whether an author really needs a web site if a blog can handle all their info.

What do you think? If an author only has a blog, but it’s put together well and you can find what you need, would a web site be redundant?

Mine now feels as if it is. I actually like my blog better than my web site since the revamp.

Thoughts? Input? Feedback? I’d love any or all.


Maria Zannini said...

I like this much better, Cate. Good job.

My blog is set up the same way--though I need to update it now that the blog tour is over.

I don't miss my web site at all since giving it up over a year ago. Most of my traffic was coming to the blog anyway.

Arlene said...

Very nice, Cate. Love the clean and shiny look. Reader friendly, easy to navigate, and yes, it does seem like a blog such as this one makes a website seem redundant. Lovely job.

Cate Masters said...

Good to know Maria. Most of my traffic is related to the blog too. Did you register your web site name and use it on your blog?

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Arlene! I know the other was a little hard to read for some people, so the white's much more viewer friendly. Whew, but no more design changes for me for awhile.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love it, Cate. I'm only partially done redesigning mine. You work so much faster than me. Seems like most people are in favor of blog only.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Susan! I have a few tweaks yet too. But if I don't do it while I think of it, it generally doesn't get done, lol

Susan Macatee said...

Really nice blog, Cate!

I have both a blog and website, but I have a lot of excerpts and opening chapters for my books on my website. I post excerpts on my blog on a regular basis, but most readers seem to only look at the latest post, so I feel I need both.

Cate Masters said...

That's a great point, Susan. I've been thinking of moving the blog posts to be accessible through a page. Likewise with the author spotlights. I'll have to see if it works! Thanks for the feedback