Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme with a prompt featuring a book related question that runs from Friday to Thursday, hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
Week five of my Book Blogger Hop adventure… I recently redesigned my blog and had to ponder this question when I chose a new theme so it’s fresh on my mind…
How do you organize your blog in terms of what is in your side bar? Do you have categories and defined sections?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
When I decided to redesign my blog I realized my theme at that time wasn’t working for me. Readers didn’t click through the different areas I had set up nor were they interested. I’m focused more on books this time so I didn’t need a lot of those areas. In my new theme there are three optional areas that are a big reason that I chose this one.
Really I focus on three different kinds of posts. Reviews of the books I read. Features of different sorts that recur each month or each week. Plus I love to share my fangirl love of k-dramas. So that is how I used these three sections. If you click on the Features box (or this link) you will see a banner for each of my regular posts and when you click the banner you will get a list of the most recent of that type of post! It’s really neat (and I worked on it a lot last week if you want to check it out!)
My last 10 posts are featured on my main page and it’s easy to click through the arrows to see what I’ve been writing about. Some weeks are filled with reviews and others with features. I’m still working on my Book Review page but it will be different sections setup exactly like my feature page. It’ll be so cool when I get it done!!
As for my widgets I try to make it easy to sign up to receive my blog posts. Since I use a static page instead of a blogroll for my home it made it easy to use the area at the bottom for these. I love twitter as my social media form of choice so that is in the center widget with a search and tag area to jump around my site. I also have a list of my most recent posts.
I’m actually thinking about ditching the recent post list since I have a blogroll now in my menu across the top… I could simplify this area at the bottom and make it simply my hello, twitter and follow information… It’s something to think about… *Please weigh in if you have opinions to share!! (*I’m trying to simplify and declutter my blog home page.)
Thanks for reading, XOXO