State of the Blog: The “We Haven’t Had a State of the Blog Post in a While” Edition

sotb2Now 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.

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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.

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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!

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6 Comments

  1. I’m glad for the tips, Stacia. I couldn’t pull up articles, and Ivan told me to try clicking the pictures — that did it!

    • Glad Ivan could help! I’ve gotten several comments about it being difficult to find posts so this really was long overdue, and sorry it wasn’t posted sooner.

  2. That’s creepy about Google. Sheesh, I don’t want to deal with a big change right now, but I can’t stand being forced to do anything. Looks like I’ve got to start thinking about a move. Thanks for the post.

  3. Well, keep in mind that they haven’t announced anything, but I figure since it happened with so much other stuff — either they get rid of it completely or they make you join G+ — I don’t want to risk it.

  4. I set up WordPress on my own site plus the photo gallery software (I was doing it using software that generated the gallery) so I would always have my own copy and not have it on someone else’s site. If I have to pay the bills I know it will stay up.

    • Same here. The biggest reason I abandoned Blogger was because I didn’t like Google being in control of my content, and if you read their help forums, you can see that they routinely delete blogs for specious reasons. When I needed help, the self-appointed Blogger gurus were usually clueless jerks, especially one specific guy who I suspect was deliberately making sure he took all my questions just to prevent someone helpful from answering.

      Setting up WordPress has been a pain in the butt, though, and if it wasn’t for this layout, I may have just given up blogging altogether. The layout isn’t perfect but the clean white individual pages with the sidebar and social media links were what I had been looking for, for years.

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