Good afternoon, I hope you have all had a fantastic weekend and are looking forward to a weekend in the sunshine. I'm looking forward to catching up on some gardening, eating al fresco and playing in the garden with the children. As some of you are aware I am busily building a new Wordpress blog for Zoe & Drew, which has at times left me in tears of frustration. I finally feel that I am getting somewhere this week and will officially be moving across there after the bank holiday weekend. However I really wanted to give you all a little sneak peak today and share some of the new features with you.
I have loved using Blogger but felt I had outgrown it and needed more options to be able to do all the things I have wanted to do with the blog. The new Wordpress site will mean that you, my lovely readers will be able to find posts from specific categories, with a drop down menu in the sidebar. I will also be starting a new weekly newsletter in addition to the blog to bring even more fab ideas and special offers to you.
I am also adding a new feature called The Directory. This will be filled, I hope, with wonderful British businesses making products or offering services that fit with the Zoe & Drew ethos. All the businesses that apply will be approved by me before joining The Directory, to ensure their business and products fit the Zoe & Drew ethos. The categories in The Directory are Baby, Children's Fashion, Children's Rooms, Family Days Out, Family Holidays, Family Photographers, Party Time, and finally Toys & Gifts. Members of The Directory will not necessarily need their own website, but must have an online retail outlet, eg Etsy. If you would like information about this fantastic new feature, please email email@example.com for a media pack.
Obviously moving to Wordpress has provided plenty of headaches, which I expected. One of the most frustrating is that all the tags used in posts on Blogger have been imported as categories, so I am having to go through every post to change this! Another problem was finding a template I liked. Having got incredibly frustrated with the free options I decided to buy one, from an Etsy designer, as funds are limited otherwise I would have loved to have a professional blog design completed. So will it all be worth it? I certainly hope so!
Right back to changing those categories and tags and lots more tweaking, so that everything will be ready for the official launch on Wednesday 5 June.
Have a wonderful weekend,