A few changes to the blog

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

You may have noticed that Word on the Street has a slightly different look now. I had been wanting to switch up the look and feel of my blog for some time, so when the widgets on my blog stopped working last week, I decided it was a good excuse for a change.

While browsing through the various WordPress blog templates, I found one called “Manifest,” which I chose for its simplicity. I like that it places an emphasis on the text and has a lot of white space surrounding each post. White space can be helpful for both writers and readers; in stories it acts as a visual index that draws people’s attention to a particular part of a story. On screens, it helps emphasize what is most important — which in this case is the blog posts.

I also did something I’ve been meaning to do for several years; I bought the domain name mallarytenore.com. I mapped it to my WordPress blog, so now I can direct people to mallarytenore.com instead of the clunky mallaryjeantenore.wordpress.com.

Lastly, I changed my blog’s tagline from “Thoughts from a young journalist looking for stories in the shadows of the Sunshine State” to “Articles & personal essays from a young journalist in the Sunshine State.” My new tagline is less wordy and more reflective of what my blog’s all about.

Ahhh/yesss! (That’s the sound of productiveness.) It feels refreshing to do something you’ve been meaning to do for a while. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of finding ambition from within — and embracing change.

How do you like the new look and feel of the blog?

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