Monday, February 13, 2012

Presenting the new Bertie’s Bakery blog design!!!

Wow! I cannot tell you how excited I am to FINALLY be done reading, writing, and editing computer code! I am SUPER grateful to be looking ahead at a future with Baking and Cake Decorating and NOT computer design! While I learned a lot, I would MUCH rather be baking!

So why the change? I gave the old blog design a good hard look, and realized it just wasn’t going to cut it in the competitive baking world! I think the design and content presentation of the blog should reflect the same level of quality as my product. In case you forgot already what she used to look like, don’t worry I saved a few screen shots!

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Let’s start off with a little tour. One really fun page that I think you might enjoy is the new “About Me”. Look to the right of this page and you’ll see this little picture staring at you!Profile-Picture_thumb1

Click it! Go ahead… it’s tells you all about who and why I am who I am, and about my vision for the future Bertie’s Bakery. Also, this is where you have to click to get my e-mail… you know, incase you are interested in ordering a cake or batch of cookies!

I had a lot of fun creating the new blog design, so much so I even let the Boss take a few new snaps of me. Apparently I needed a new profile picture! We made a faux photo shoot out of it! In the end it came down to these six shots. What do you think, did I make the right choice?

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Pretty sure I could have gotten away with the Moose picture (IMG_3729), but it lacked my colorful spatulas!

Oh yeah…. Hi Mom, I got my haircut! You like?

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Moving on to the front page (pictured above). Just above the “Meet the Baker” blurb, you’ll see four vintage polaroid buttons containing different ways you can follow me! Facebook is fairly new, so I’m just getting into the swing of things there, and Instagram is quickly becoming my new favorite thing! Either way, follow me on any or all of these outlets, I love knowing who’s out there!

You will also notice there are five new buttons to the right of the “Home” button.

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Cake, Cupcake, and Cookie Galleries are fairly self explanatory, none the less they are new. Before they were all piled into one gallery and it was overwhelming to find things! So I broke up the party. To the right of them are two very new buttons. “The Bird House” and “DIY & Freebies”. The Bird House is simply everything that’s happening outside of baking. Travel, racing, and “house life” are all featured here.

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DIY & Freebies came about because while analyzing my Google Analytics (blog stats) I realized how much my readers enjoyed and “pinned” (thanks to Pinterest) my crafty posts. While these were mostly my wedding “Do It Yourself” ramblings, I have always wanted to feature more of my craft and sewing projects on the blog, and the DIY stats have encouraged me to post more projects here! Keep an eye out for “freebie” ideas and downloads starting on Fridays here!

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Finally, you’ve probably noticed the new sidebar of “Cake Favorites” These will be updated as new cakes come in and you guys continue to click and share the links with others. As the Stats change, the pictures will too!CakeFavorites1_thumb

Well I think that’s the main overview of the new look! What do you think? Is the page more user friendly now? More visual?

Well here’s the deal! I’m going to do my first Bakery Give Away! I’m going to give my readers until the end of Wednesday to leave a comment with their thoughts on Bertie’s Bakery new make-over! Or simply, if you’d rather, let me know if you think I made the right choice in profile pictures?

One entry per person, and the winner will receive a bakers dozen of my famous (okay, mostly famous) Smart Bars! They were a big hit with the ANT+ at CES 2012 in January, and I’m pretty sure you’ll like them too! Doesn’t matter where you live, just leave a comment!  Spread the word!

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Thanks for reading – and hope you enjoy the new look!

43 comments:

Barborkas said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I really like the new look ... it gives your blog a fresh new attitude :) I also like very much the new section of The Bird House. It is nicely organized with the photos and gives a quick overview easy to navigate. I believe there is a wrong link to the post of "First Time Winning Prize $$$", which happens to me all the time :D :D :D And I love the design of your "social networks" buttons.

miss b said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your new blog design is lovely and the header etc is cute yet stylish too. I must take some time and read some more of your posts.
Thanks for the sweet comment about Zaz's hair wrap too.
http://missbbobochic.blogspot.com/

Tami said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wonder what your plan is...do you plan to open a storefront bakery or just an online business. I am not so much a fan of all the fondant that people use these days, it makes a cleaner looking cake but I am a frosting girl at heart.

Diana said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like the new design. I like the profile pic. I also like the one where you're licking the spatula.

iron yogini said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

LOVE IT!!!!! Way to go!

That Pink Girl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It looks great! I especially love your triathlon cake; too cute! Thank you for stopping by my blog recently. Can't wait to spend some time looking at all your fancy cake creations - the photos are incredible!

Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nice design.

And you are right, there is more to life than cupcakes. There are also cookies, truffles, brownies...

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i love it! very professional yet fun. its gets the Lauren stamp of approval!

M said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

LOVE the new design!! it's really cute but professional at the same time. we need to have you guys over soon, i know we've been saying that for awhile haha but give us a couple weeks until we finally finish the kitchen!

Kate said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The new design is excellent! It is clean, user friendly, and fun!

Jenny Davidson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yes, it really looks fantastic. Though I am slightly sorry you did not use the moose picture, absence of spatulas notwithstanding...

beingcat.com said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great look! I wish I had your skills! I also wish I had some smart bars! :)

22209 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love the new design! And the profile pic choice is good .. though I also like IMG_3752 :)

JB said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nicely done! The design is clear and crisp. Does not take away from the sweets everyone comes here to see!!

JP said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'd go with 3752 or 3735 for the profile pic!

kaprian said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Design is great - simplified and attractive, and makes me hungry!

Only feedback point is the background image - it may be my connection speed, but it takes a while for all of the tiles to appear.

Alli said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is so awesome! I'm glad you added the bird house so your other adventures are still included. I love your logo and yes, you picked the right picture :)

krystyna47 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The new look is classy, I love the top bar, far more elegant than the previous version!!
And I definitely love seeing the posts that start with an unfinished, baby cake and finish with an adult, all-glammed-up cake. The transformation is unreal!! :D

Martin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Have to say you have done a great job on the re-design, it's looking very professional.

You just need to add an "Order Here" page so people can start ordering your amazing creations....though I'm not sure that they would still be in one piece by the time they got to the UK which would result in one very 'Sad Panda' (As your hubby would say) :-)

Molly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The new site looks fantastic!!!! Very cool!

gajkelley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like the new site - fresh looking - and the new pic!

chegg said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You should rotate through all the profile pictures with the moose getting extra weighting. :-)

Sheena said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think separating out the cakes from cookies from cupcakes was a good idea in case someone was wanting to look at a certain one and not the rest.

Simba2109 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think your new design is wonderful! Everything is really easy to find. And I love your new picture---it's always great when a person can have fun in front of the camera! -Bethany

David C said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

love it

bmatt said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nice looking blog! I'm sure the "Boss" likes it

Deanne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The blog looks great! I think it looks very professional. Nice job.

jamie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love all your stuff! Congrats on the new venture!

SSKA8 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great new look...stylin for sure...all the pics look good...maybe rotate them every day/week kinda like the vibe of the day or week...Cheers

SSB said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love the new look. And the profile picture!

Hayley Penney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Loving the new design. Very fresh :)
Cheers Bobbie!

jakerbreaker said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Really like the new design. It is always nice coming back and taking an overview look of all the various projects to get new inspired!

Amanda Schabowsky said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Really like the new blog design. Also, good choice on the profile picture. :)

Kurlanska Family said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats on the new journey and the new blog! :)

Kris said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like the new look.....very professional! And I like the pic too. :)

Nathaniel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the new design. The colors and layout are great. The profile pic choice is also really good though I also like IMG_3754.

Danielle in Iowa in Seattle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like the new look a lot! One thing though... If I open a standard window in Safari on my 15" MacBook, Safari cuts off the right sidebar (or rather, I have to scroll over there to see it). I don't know much about web design, but it seems most websites have some sort of auto-scaling so that it is a rare one that I have to scroll laterally on.

KMB said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Bertie, Love the blog and your stories. Even better, loved the granola bars!! They were delicious and until now, I never met a granola bar that I liked. Keep baking and blogging!

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Loving the new blog~ it looks great...and I appreciate the BROWN! So glad I've found your blog to read :)

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The new blog looks great. Too bad my work internet filter blocks most of your pictures :( I guess I'll just have to read at home!

Congrats!

Tai_Fung said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the new design, but gained 5lbs just reading this site for 20 minutes! :(

sswoods61 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Profile picture is super cute! I like the new design and am very impressed that you did it yourself!

Brett Sherfy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I really like the new design, lighter and less overwhelming then the original. I'm a fan of the smiling photo. Do you just do cupcakes and cakes or other baked goods too? Muffins, etc?

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