Over the almost seven years, I have rarely done a significant overhaul of the look and feel of this blog. The last time I did it was in early 2014, and it was a good step forward, but after a while, it became clear there was more to do. After hearing from you in this year’s readers survey, I finally decided it was time to bring the latest version online. Here are a couple of the highlights:
1. A little more color.
The new version of the site is built using a child theme for StudioPress‘ excellent Genesis Framework (which was also the case with the previous version). However, I’ve decided to go back to a few more traditional elements (more on that in a minute), as well as moving away from the previous version’s stark black and white look. This time around, I’m going brighter, allowing the text and graphics to pop. I’m continuing to play around with this, as I’m hoping to add a really nice header image to bring an extra bit of life to the home page.1
2. Updated navigation.
The navigation has a new home in a more traditional location (which is cool). There are also a couple of new pages:
- Speaking. One of the great blessings I’ve had over the last seven years has been serving churches and ministries through preaching and teaching. This page exists now as a way for church leaders or event organizers to connect with me, and will be expanded to include my speaking itinerary for 2016 as it takes shape.
- Advertising. This page features information for Christian ministries and companies interested in the options available for advertising on Blogging Theologically—which now includes a blog sponsorship option.
3. A streamlined sidebar.
The sidebar is now much—much!—simpler, with a search bar, a limited number of banner ads, and the five most popular posts in real-time. Additional information, such as FTC required disclaimers, a new “featured book review” and an area highlighting my latest book have been included in the footer.
What about comments?
One of the big questions I asked in my latest readers survey, was whether or not comments still mattered to you and if you’d be fine with seeing them go. Most of you answered with a decided “meh,” because their presence doesn’t matter all that much either way. So for the initial launch at least, I’ve kept the comments, but am still considering saying goodbye to them in favor of encouraging discussion Facebook, Twitter and providing an email option for those who’d prefer it.
That, in a nutshell, is the new site. Your feedback on the new look is greatly encouraged, whether it’s a compliment, an idea to improve functionality, a feature you want to see added, or to let me know something’s broken.
Looking forward to your thoughts!