Thoughts on a Thursday

12th April 2012

Well, hello there. I feel like I have on a brand-new outfit because of the blog’s new look. Bloggiesta a couple of weeks ago really gave me some confidence to try some things with the blog. Up to now, I’ve only made changes when I had to or when I was really sick of a certain theme. The only problem is I’m limited by my knowledge of CSS and graphic design. I know what I want my designs to look like, but getting the designs there is a whole other matter. I found the Suffusion theme, and it’s highly customizable. I wasn’t impressed seeing it at first because it’s so basic, but that gives you the ability to change just about everything. I found the background from Tiny Sea, and it was free. Yea! It was exactly what I was looking for, which is fantastic. I may still tweak here and there, but I’m pretty excited with my new look.

A couple of things:

  • To leave a comment, the link is now right below the title of the post (trying to change this).
  • The space below my signature has related posts, in case you’re interested.

I also have some questions:

  • Would a page with all the Fridays at Home posts be helpful?
  • Is there anything specific you’d like to see me add to the site?
  • And..what do you think?


Second, I’m sure you have seen the box in the sidebar about Independent Book Blogger Awards, or if you’re on Twitter, you may have been inundated with tweets about it, so I’ll be brief. Until April 23, you can sign in to Goodreads and vote for The Picky Girl in this contest. There are four categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Young Adult, and Industry blogs.

The winner in each category will receive a round-trip flight, hotel stay, and pass for Book Expo America. There are a ton of bloggers involved, but hey – you never know. If you decide to vote for The Picky Girl, thank. you. ๐Ÿ™‚



Speaking of winning, the luck must be running my way (this from a girl audited by the IRS!). I have won a couple of blog giveaways lately, which is super exciting. I won A Partial History of Lost Causes from Audra over at Unabridged Chick, and she wrote a fantastic review of it, so I’m looking forward to getting a copy.

And in non-bookish news, I also won a contest on The Daybook, a fashion blog. What did I win? A $40 gift card to In Pink, a jewelry company. I came home from work this afternoon to this:

I was able to get a set of bangles, the necklace you see, and a pair of earrings that match. Things have been tight around these parts for, well, what seems like forever, so having something new is even more exciting than normal. I’m one grateful girl.


So yeah. Rambliness. I haz it. I’ve been working a lot, teaching, coming home and working on editing projects, going to the gym, and then editing some more. Thanks for *listening.*

Now – what have you guys been up to? Are you as busy as I am each April? Are you reading? Working? Shopping? Tell all.

  • heidenkind

    I noticed your new blog design earlier today. I like it! And I think a page with Fridays At Home is a great idea.

    • Thanks! And yeah, I figured it was something I should just do, but I need to set aside some time to see how best to do it. Thanks for the input. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love the theme & the new background. Snazzy ๐Ÿ™‚ And congratulations on the wins!

    • Thanks, Tanya! I’m pretty pumped about all of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wonderful new look! I like it very much. As far as the Fridays at Home posts go, you could also just put a tab for it in the menu, or you could put a button for it in the sidebar that would take readers to those posts if it’s clicked on.

    • Thanks, Heather, and that’s a great idea for it. Hm. Now I need to think how I can best do this…

  • I like the new theme! Especially the font in the header. It’s cute!

    • Yea! Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ I pinned that font on Pinterest ages ago under “Blog Redesign” when I thought I might hire someone. Glad I thought to look there.

  • BethFishReads

    Nice theme! very clean. Now I want to redo *my* blog. LOL

    • It doesn’t take much, does it? And once you get it in your head (if you’re like me), you’ll think about it until you finally go through with it. Thanks for stopping by!


    You did a lovely job with the redesign and it appears you’ve inspired some of us to do a little revamping to our blogs!

    • Thank you, lady! I’m glad it’s over, but yeah, I’d say it’s worth it to dig in and try to do some work if you want to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lookin’ good…

    P.S.- I just voted for you. See ya at BEA!

    • Thanks, Amy! And yea for BEA. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • teresareads

    Love the new look, especially the header–great font and colors.

    • Thanks, Teresa! Yeah, it was fun trying to find good colors.

  • soobsessedwith

    I LOVE the redesign! It looks so good ๐Ÿ™‚ When I clicked through to the post from my reader feed, I got a huge smile on my face seeing the makeover. Love the colors & adore a good Chevron print!

    • Well this comment made me super duper happy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously, I was beaming when I read it. Thanks for the compliment. I have been obsessed with Chevron for a while, so I’m glad I got to incorporate it.

  • I also love the redesign! It’s got a nice design feel but still being about books. Me happy.

    • Thank you! Me happy, too. Also, glad you had a good Passover. Your post made me laugh, but for some reason, I couldn’t comment.

  • Andi

    I loooove your blog’s new look! I’ve been in the mood for bloggy theme tweaking and whatnot myself. Will definitely check out the background site.

    • Yea! You guys are making me happy. It’s so fun to mess with the blog. But I also really love your design.

  • lulu_bella

    I love the new look! Gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Miss Lu!

  • I love the font at the top. The colors and the theme are super cute!

    • Thanks, Ash! I’m really pleased with it. (I think. I reserve the right to tweak some more.) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love, love the new look! Well done. I am completely HTML- and CSS-illiterate. I wouldn’t even know where to start.

    • Thanks so much! I’ve wanted a new look for ages, and particularly when you were going through yours, I began paying attention. I’d have loved to get someone to do it for me, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Redesign or BEA? I went with BEA. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s not perfect, but I’m really happy with it.