A few changes to the blog

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?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

3 thoughts on “A few changes to the blog

  1. I love that you bought mallarytenore.com and proud that I can now, more easily refer friends and family to your incredible writing!

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