When I first started this blog in 2008 I wanted to make sure it was well suited for my audience: migraineurs. No overly bright colors or busy graphics. No white text on a black background. No itty-bitty text.
At the time, my migraines were so bad I couldn’t get on the computer without dimming my screen to its lowest setting, and I regularly clicked off of websites because their layouts and color palettes hurt my head. I wanted to make sure my readers weren’t having the same experience on my blog, so I chose a simple, muted theme in dim colors that I could easily read in the midst of all but the severest attack.
Now, six (!) years later, it’s time to update. As important as color choice continues to be, there are new and different things to consider now. How easy is it to “follow” the blog or find an author on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks? How easy is it to share and/or comment on a post?
A website, especially a blog (which is meant to be a conversation between the author and the reader), should be amazingly simple to navigate – especially if your reader is someone for whom reading, writing, and existing in a lit world can often be close to impossible. I’ve attempted to incorporate the newer features of social media into this new look, while still choosing a more muted-than-normal color scheme. I hope it continues to be inviting to all of my readers, and I welcome your comments on your experience here.
And, as always, thank you for reading.