Now that it’s a new year (and the dead of winter and oh god am I going to be snowed in for the rest of my life why won’t the weather stop) Here’s a quick State of the Blog post, or more accurately a How To Navigate SBBN post, which is a touch overdue.
How To Navigate the Site: There have been questions (and the occasional complaint) about this new blog layout, so here’s a handy primer on how to get where you want to go on SBBN:
1. The main page at shebloggedbynight.com is a presentation page, or “front page” as I used to call it on my old website back in the 1990s. At the very top is a slideshow that features the last four SBBN posts. To get to any of those posts, just click the picture as it appears in the slideshow. If you hover over the pictures, there are arrows on the left and right to navigate through the slideshow quicker than just waiting for it to change on its own.
2. To get to older posts than that, you can scroll down on the presentation page below the three Featured Articles to see the last 10 posts on SBBN. They appear as snippets, and you can click on the pic or the title of the snippet to get to it. (The “about” section below Featured Articles will be removed soon, and should make this navigation easier.)
3. For any posts older than the last 10, you’ll need to use the archive widget on the right sidebar, located on any page except the front presentation page. Because of layout limitations, I can’t create a usable archive link that will appear on the front page, so the right sidebar widget on individual pages and posts is the best I can do.
4. If you want to avoid the presentation page altogether, you should be able to see posts as usual through an RSS reader. Alternately, you can check my Twitter for links to new posts as they go live, which I try to tweet with the hashtag #sbbn.
About: An About page is in the works and will be posted to the top menu when it’s done. This will replace the “about” info located just below Featured Articles on the main page. In the meantime, if you want to see me on any other social media platform, check out those nifty floating green boxes on the right side of the blog, or my About Me page here.
The Old Version of SBBN Will Be Deleted: I kept the prior blog hosted at Blogger up for archives, but since Google is slowly trying to force everyone using its products to join Google+, I need to disengage from Blogger completely. Last month I found myself unable to edit or even comment on my own YouTube videos because of this Google+ situation, and I don’t want this to happen with any of my blog posts. Over the next few weeks I’ll be transferring any leftover posts remaining on Blogger to this blog. All that will be left is the layout and the first post, plus a link back to here.
It’s Log: Because I’m keeping a film log on Letterboxd, I’m removing the log I have on the top menu and replacing it with a directory of all my articles and reviews. That will go live shortly.
Everything Else: There’s not much new stuff in the works for 2014. I hope to post more, and hopefully write about more new releases, if that pans out. There may be a new feature to replace the serials once I’m finished with The Monster and the Ape, and I’m in the midst of a huge megapost to get caught up on the Bette Davis Project. Otherwise, it’s the same-ol’ same-ol’ at SBBN.
I’d like to thank you all for reading She Blogged By Night! It astonishes me every day to see people still come here, read things, even say things about what they read, and I couldn’t be more tickled. You’ve all been wonderful – thank you!