I am SO excited about today’s post. Here’s why:
1. I have a great giveaway for you in honor of the newly designed website for Migonis Home. You are going to LOVE Melissa Lyons artwork. And THREE people will win!
Here is a sneak preview of one of her pieces:
2. You’ve been amazing at putting up with my constant changes to the site and today marks the day I feel like I can say my habitual changes are done. At least for now.
3. I want to introduce you to some areas of the site you may not have seen yet and hear your feedback.
Okay… so why the switch to another blog?
I originally decided to switch to a WordPress.org site after reading Abby’s e-book Everything I Learned in my First Year Blogging. Abby blogs over at Just A Girl and Her Blog. This book was a real game changer for me. I learned so much from Abby and would highly recommend it. Because of the book I’ve implemented some changes… some of them are more hidden so I’ll just walk through everything that could be interesting to you.
I designed an Inspiration Gallery. I added a section for Crafts and Building, Makeovers, Parties and Recipes and have a sub-page on Seasonal Ideas.
You’ll see ads placed in certain locations now, like the ones pictured below and one immediately before the comment section on each post. In a perfect world I’d have no ads on the blog for aesthetic reasons but since ad revenue helps fund the projects of the blog they’ll stay up. Renovating a home is expensive work so I’ll take all the help I can get. The ads will naturally rotate. I don’t have control over knowing what goes up beforehand but if you see something that is sketchy or not at all fitting with the mission of Migonis Home email me the link so I can block it. I’ve already had to blog two ads removed so I have no problem doing it again.
Another change is the About Me page where I gave ten facts about myself you may not know. I know… I’m wildly interesting. You can just click over this part. Our Story of Us section is now a sub-page on the About page; that page is more interesting because it involves me three loves.
Another change I made is a very easy way to sign up for the free emails that alert you anytime there is a new post. Even if you’ve previously signed up for these please take a minute and input your email address. From what I can tell the other email service stopped working about a month ago so many of you weren’t getting your daily email.
I switched around my advertising page. I’d really like to focus for the remainder of this year with partnering with Etsy shops for a giveaway each month (does that sound fun to you?!?!). Do you have any ideas for small businesses that would be interested in a fun giveaway? I love to hear about them, I’d gladly give them a good review on the blog if they fit with the blog’s mission (home design, home life, decorating, crafts). Here is my new page…forward it to any Etsy shop or small business you think would be a great fit so we can start doing more fabulous giveaways!
Most importantly, though…
I want to thank YOU for putting up with my constant changes to the site over the past couple of weeks. As a thank you THREE lucky Migonis Home readers will win a 16×20 print from Melissa Lyons . You can thank me now for introducing you to Melissa… she is so talented… I would love love love to have one of her original pieces hanging in our home one day!
To be eligible… six entries are possible:
Giveaway is open till July 26 at 11:59pm. US only.
1. Leave a blog post comment here about anything (Melissa’s artwork, the blog changes, our house makeover, etc.)
2. Name an Etsy shop or business that you think might want to do a giveaway. Give me their info in the comments.
3. Leave a comment on our house tour page telling me your favorite part of our renovations.
5. Follow Melissa Lyons Art on Instagram.
THANK YOU, LOVELY READERS, FOR STICKING WITH ME. I love your sweet comments and emails that come in every day. I especially love when someone emails me and writes “I’ve never written anyone like this before…” You make me so happy. I love sharing our life with you.