Please bear with me as I tweak my website. I love the WordPress theme I am using now but, as always, I want to make it my own. You might notice I replaced the beige background with a chicken wire image. I was missing my chicken wire.
I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out how to make changes to the coding of my website to remove/change some things that have annoyed me from the start. I am not well versed in coding and should probably leave it alone. More than once I have had to have Michael restore my website after I messed with the CSS coding. These little words and symbols can get a girl in a whole lotta’ trouble.
Michael made some suggestions regarding the navigation through my site. In reviewing statistics and Twitter activity, we realized what areas of the site are getting the most traffic. We made a decision to separate the chicken related posts from the “Everyday” posts by adding a separate blog devoted just to chicken stuff. You can get there by clicking on Chicken Blog in the main navigation bar at the top of the front page. We also realized that many, many people a day visit the site for information about raising chickens and chicken emergencies. I created a page of my most popular posts related to Chicken Keeping and Emergencies. You can find those under the Chicken Blog tab in the navigation bar. You will also find information about the various breeds of chickens we raise at the Buck ‘n Run Ranch by clicking on the Breeds tab. You will find drop down menus for Icelandic, Cream Legbar, and Isbar chickens. I hope these changes make it easier for my readers to find the things that interest them.
I have big ideas for improving the navigation through my recipes as well. That will be a much bigger undertaking so that project will have to simmer on the back burner for now. I have been blogging nearly five years and so much about this medium has changed. I am trying to stay current and increase my readership. I enjoy blogging. I gives me a creative outlet and a way to fill my days. I love checking my stats before going to bed and seeing that over a thousand people have stopped by. Now that wouldn’t impress The Pioneer Woman but, when you consider my mother was my only reader in the beginning, it makes me happy. My recipes and pictures are finding their way onto Pinterest, foodgawker, tastespotting, etc. My food photography classes are paying off. I will continue to tweak. It’s what I do.