The NEW Dainty Squid

I’m a few weeks late making this announcement, I was just waiting until a few loose ends were tied up first, but The Dainty Squid has a brand new look! You’ve probably already noticed by now but I’m super excited about it, and just wanted to point out a few things (and of course, encourage you to hop over to view the actual site!)

The Dainty Squid has made the switch from blogger to wordpress. It’s something I’d been putting off for…well… literally years. I always made excuses why it wouldn’t be worth it but duuuuude, so worth it. Despite a few small mishaps, I’m very happy with how everything turned out. My main goal with the switch was to make the blog somewhere easier to click around and stay a while. I don’t want you to just come and read the newest post, I want you to have multiple ways to be able to browse past posts. I feel like I definitely accomplished that, especially if you just start off on the main page.

My other big goal was to make something a bit more mobile friendly since so much of my traffic is through mobile devices. The Dainty Squid is still best viewed on a computer, in my opinion, but it should now be a lot easier to browse on your phone. Make sure to hop over and check us out on your computer if you get the chance. It’s so pretty!

Some other fun things include much larger photos, a new about page, new advertising page, new categories in the sidebar to make browsing easier, and a silly 404 error page.

There were a few issues with the RSS feed. I got Bloglovin’ fixed but if you’re using another other sort of reader you may need to update your feed. www.thedaintysquid.com/feed should do the trick! Otherwise, all links should lead to the same place with a few exceptions like some very old posts that were deleted. I cleaned out the archives and got rid of a lot of posts that just didn’t feel very relevant to my life anymore.

So yeah, I’m pretty excited. I love The Dainty Squid’s new website and I hope you do too! I think it’s a lot more visually appealing!
xoxo

PS. If you wouldn’t mind indulging me, how do you find out about new posts? Do you follow through a website like bloglovin? If so, which one? Do you wait until I post about them on social media? Or do you simply visit thedaintysquid.com? I’m very curious!

Also, I recommend following through bloglovin’ for the fact that if something does go awry again I’m able to contact them and get that fixed. Through other readers I have no control and there’s no way for me to contact anyone to say “hey, this changed, this is where you can find me now”.

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Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • I love the new site, Kaylah! I always come to your site directly – one of very few websites I still do that with but I visit so often that I just need to type “th…” in my browser at it autofills the URL for The Dainty Squid, haha. I tend to visit once a week on average, wait for a few posts to rack up and then read them on my lunch-break. It was on my visit last week that I was like “omg new layout! This looks AMAAAAZING”! So yes, love everything you’re doing and keep doing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I use Bloglovin’ – receive an email every morning telling me who’s posted something new on the blogs that I follow.

  • I find out about new posts by literally just coming here a few times a week. The new page looks great. WP is the bomb dot com. Congrats lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I do the super manual way of hopping over to thedaintysquid.com everyday. I don’t rely on readers or social media for prompts!

    I’ve been loving the new blog since the day you launched it… I think it perfectly matches your pretty house! The gray panels look like your walls, and the lovely photos supply the greens and colors present in your home. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Maybe I am just missing it somewhere, but the only thing I think the new layout is missing are links for the previous and next posts at the bottom of each post. I read everything once a week and find it much easier to read when I can click in the bottom versus having to go back to the main page and scroll through.

  • For somebody just starting a blog with the hopes of growing it over time – would you recommend starting with blogger, or starting with wordpress?

    I visit you directly through thedaintysquid.com 2-3 times a week!