My website was first set up in 2008 to be a place to house a blog called “100 Memoirs.” When my first book Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World came out, I needed a different kind of website, an author’s version, to accommodate the various kinds of information prospective book buyers, reviewers, and interviewers might need. That basic version, with a few tweaks, lasted nine years, and now it is time for a new one.
Drum roll. This link takes you right there.
The color palette now is based on royal blue, to match the hue of the dress in my author photo, and orange-gold, to match the cover of the new book The Mindful Grandparent: The Art of Loving Our Children’s Children.
The font has changed and so has the link color within the text. Behind the book cover is a pattern suggested by my co-author Marilyn: “a Celtic-type design resembling a chain-link suggesting lineage.” The design changes on my website were made by my talented, diligent nephew and website host, Clay Showalter.
The stars of the show, the three people who call me “grandma,” appear on the front page too.
I would love some feedback to the new look. Anything you see here that you like, dislike, or find confusing?
Some specific questions:
- How do you react to the “tagline” at the top of the page asks the question, “Want to make your life as a grandparent even better?”
- Should I call myself “Grandma Shirley” in the text? Does that put you off or intrigue you?
- Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the design elements — colors, sizes, placement, font, etc.?
- The sign up for Magical Memoir Moments, my newsletter, now scrolls across the bottom of the book banner. Is that a good placement? BTW, if you have not signed up yet, please do! There’s a new design for that one too!
Thanks for offering your opinions!