I guess you’ve noticed there’s a new coat of paint on the site now.
There’s a also few changes under the hood, and some upcoming changes in my content approach.
First, under the hood–this weekend I switched from Standard Theme to the Genesis Framework and the Metro child theme.
This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. The latest upgrade of Standard wasn’t working like it used to, and the promised child themes never materialized.
I know most of you don’t care about this technical stuff, so here’s what’s in it for you. All the best design practices are built in so it should be easier to read. And everything works great, right out of the box. For instance, anywhere you see orange…that’s a clickable. It goes somewhere. I had that working on my other theme but then it started breaking in some places.
And, it’s WIDE. I love the wide format. One of the things I hate on blogs is really small type. You can barely read it. This new theme fills up the screen. Why restrict your text to a tiny, narrow window with text you can barely read? Now I’ve got a super-wide 1152 pixels to display content.
This theme is also completely mobile responsive…meaning the site resizes for phones, tablets, small and large screens. Standard said it was mobile responsive but it never looked right. So, if you’re reading this on a smartphone or tablet, I hope you’re enjoying it. I think it looks awesome.
On the content side–I’m not using the tagline Evangelizing Catechesis. I’m still going to write a ton about evangelizing catechesis. But I’m expanding to more than classroom catechesis. I analyzed the numbers for last year, and I’ve realized my non-catechetical posts are some of the most popular. Particularly the posts on faith, spirituality, and Catholic parenting. My gig at CatholicMom.com has me excited about helping Catholic parents hand on the Faith to their kids. There may be much more on the horizon for me in this area with other projects too.
I’m still all about evangelization. I want my main focus to be exploring how to transmit the Faith in a way that truly grabs people. A way that really makes people sit up, take notice, and share what they’ve learned. I want to explore that for catechists, teachers, religious educators, as well as, parents and those teaching/evangelizing adults. I also want to explore aspects of faith and how to grow in spirituality and prayer. I don’t have all the answers but I’m always looking for new and better ones. I want to share that thought and research with you.
With this new blog theme, I’ll be able to highlight content in new ways to bring out more of these extra dimensions. Look for that in the future. I also want to create some new tutorials and highlight my older posts in different ways.
Hopefully, I’m responding to where I’ve seen your interests lie. I’m looking at the clicks and adjusting where I see the trends. As always, I’m open to input. If there’s anything you’d like me to write about, let me know. I want this site to help you.
Thanks for sticking with me. I hope you enjoy the content in the coming year…and the new coat of paint.