Photos by Liv Burns
If you’re swinging by today, you may notice big changes around here. I’m beyond thrilled that my new website is finally up and running. Other than the content, pretty much everything is different. It’s been a long time coming, too. But I have to admit, I’m one of those people who resists change. It took me a long time to mentally prepare for the change. Even the day everything was switching over, I confided to my friend that I felt really, really sad to be letting go of the old. I was excited for the new changes, of course, and knew logically that it was needed and a good thing. It felt like the end of an era, though.
I started my little blog back as a little creative outlet in 2008. I had to sign up for Gmail to create my blog on Blogger. I’d write a post or two throughout the week in between classes and rowing practices. Low-quality photos and one sentence posts were totally acceptable. I had blog nicknames for everyone mentioned in a post. Over the years so much has changed, both personally and with blogging. I’ve kept up with the times in a lot of way, but my website was definitely out of date. I knew it, but for a few reasons just couldn’t let go of it.
I would start to work with a graphic designer and then panic and cancel. I’d reach out to a developer about moving to WordPress, get overwhelmed at the thought and put it on the backburner again. Rinse and repeat.
This time, I was finally ready though.
I started the process back in December but switched designers in January and that’s when things really got going. It’s been a labor of love and I’m extremely happy with how it all turned out.
– Throughout the years, I wanted to make changes to the branding and I tweaked here or there but never worked with a legit designer to come up with a visual representation of what The College Prepster is. This was by far the hardest part of the whole process, but I just love how it came together. (It took three solid rounds of totally different designs before I felt like we had narrowed in on “the one.”)
– Adding categories was at the very top of my list. I hated that so much of my content from college was buried in an archive and difficult to find. It was an undertaking to go through every post (all 3,000+ of them) and add categories, but super worth it. Now you can… find posts just about my rowing experiences or just travel itineraries or just warm weather outfits.
– My website is finally mobile responsive. About time, right?!
While the website is live and most things seem to be working correctly, I’m sure there will be some bugs along the way. Thanks to everyone who has sent ideas and pointed out issues already, I have a running list that we’re trying to fix ASAP. If you see something that doesn’t work or looks funny or needs some kind of fixing, please email me! A screenshot and links when applicable would be great too.
I also just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads here. It means so much to me and makes blogging a whole lot more fun. EVERY comment and Snapchat and Tweet and email makes me feel like I have to be the luckiest girl on the planet. You guys are really the best.
Branding and Design: Rowan Made
Web Development: Chloé Digital