PSSSST...I'm no longer blogging here!
You can now find me at
EDITED: I've switched to veranda and darkened the font as well as lightened the background. I added an 'email me' link over yonder. And I won't be adding advertisers/sponsors anytime soon.
Thanks for all the input....keep it coming!
UPDATE #2: Switched back to my beloved taupe...although I liked the blue, I think the pictures pop better on the lighter background, and gives the whole site a softer look....which is what I want to 'put out there'.
I also switched around some stuff on my sidebar.
Thank you all SOOOO much for the feedback. I'm glad you all enjoy my little (blog)spot on the web, and I appreciate all the constructive criticism offered. Please always feel free to email me (with my new button over there!) with suggestions to make my site better.
I've been at this since August, and I'm pretty amazed I even have readers. But I'll take y'all....well, except for the guy with the scary face. There's a part of me that would like to just keep this place MINE....as in, do what I like the way I like to do things. Which means, a bit weird. Definitely original.
For instance, I consider myself a fair writer, but I know I get wordy sometimes. I can also be a bit over-the-top with my sarcasm. But I like funny. I don't want cottage instincts to look like anybody else's blog, but I do want it to be easily navigated, friendly, and worth your while to pop over and see me in a birdcage. At times.
So what would you like to see more of here? What annoys you about my interface and would like changed? Font? Template? Colors?
I do all this on my own, and enjoy it tremendously, but I'm always open to new suggestions.
What other kind of info do you want easily accessible? Ideas I've been considering:
- advertising/sponsorships (sidebar)
- room tours (clickable picture for each room on sidebar)
- link party lists (listed by day of the week on my sidebar)
- Featured comment of the week (sidebar)
- Featured blog of the week (full post)
- Weekly room inspiration (full post)
- Weekly series of some sort (full post along the lines of sewing, crafting for the home, design, painting, keepin' it real, etc.)
- Monthly giveaway (from sponsors possibly, or something I put together)
What about my labels over there? Are they too streamlined? Need to be more specific?
As far as Make it for Monday here at cottage instincts, do you have any suggestions? There's a ton of parties already, I wonder if mine is overkill. I've thought about streamlining it to 'make it with what you have', but that might be too limiting. Maybe just decorating posts and craft posts that pertain to decorating? Or just leave it as it is? I would like to keep the focus here mainly about home design, and although I enjoy seeing everyone's crafts, there seems to be a plethora (love.that.word.) of parties to show off those skillz.
So, Dr. Readers, I'm here for my 6 month checkup. How am I doin'?