I’M BAAAAAACK!!!! via GIPHY Hey guys, I am back for good this time and so excited to be here! I had an awesome, much-needed break ...

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I’M BAAAAAACK!!!!


Hey guys, I am back for good this time and so excited to be here! I had an awesome, much-needed break and am ready to get back to blogging with some fresh ideas, new motivation, and hopefully less stress. :)

Thanks to the survey answers I got at the beginning of the year, there will be some changes to Summer Snowflakes. The renovated design is obvious (speaking of, what do you guys think? I’m still playing around with it and honestly considering switching back to the old one, so any feedback and/or suggestions would be much appreciated), but I’m also going to be doing some of my posts a little bit differently.

One of the most common survey answers was that people wanted to see less of Melodic Mondays. Honestly, this didn’t surprise me, and it was something I’d thought about changing anyway because, as much as I adore music, that’s never what I wanted my blog to be about. I started my blog to talk about reading and writing and my thoughts and opinions on, well, everything. But I ended up without much time for blogging, and handing out a weekly YouTube video was a lot faster than coming up with a full post. To be honest, I still don’t have enough time to do more than one long post per week on this blog, however, instead of posting a music video every Monday, I’m going to start doing linkups, tags, and/or quick writing updates at the beginning of the week. Something that’s still quick enough for me to get it up on time, but different enough that you guys don’t get bored, lol.

That doesn’t mean that I’m stopping Melodic Mondays completely though. Like I said, I love music and I love sharing it, especially as it relates to writing, so I will still gush about a few of my favorites. I’ll just lessen the posts to once or twice monthly instead of every week. :)

Also, several people asked to see more book reviews on this blog. Because I
already have a blog where I review books and, as I said, I only have time to do one long post on this blog a week, I probably won’t change the amount of book reviews I do on here. But if you really do want to know more about what I’m reading, you can check out Verbosity for full reviews and my Goodreads account for mini-ones. :)

Well, that’s about all for the changes I’m making. Comment below to let me know what you think of my plans and how you like the new design! As much as I blog for myself, I blog for all of you too, so I’d love to get your opinions on where I intend to take this project in 2016. :)



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21 comments:

  1. I was totally like "OH MY PANIC I DON'T KNOW THIS SITE STRANGER DANGER HELP HELP HELP" and then it was like "Oh hey Alexa has a chill new blog design! :D" I do really the header, though. It is incredibly lovely. (Although, if you are looking for suggestions... a) I would not use Times New Roman as your blog post font; I think a Sans Serif font would match better with the rest of your blog design. b) your profile picture should be matchy and I know you've probably thought of that but it is blue and gray and now your blog isn't D:. And c) Perhaps cut down the "popular posts" at the bottom to just five? It just seems like a lot.) I gotta say, that pink and gray is really working for me. :D I hope you decide to keep it!

    Also, thanks for the update on the changes. I look forward to another update soon. :D

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    1. lol, it is weird when bloggers you've been going to forever change design. Glad you realized it was still me before leaving, hehe :)

      Thanks! :D And okay, I'll keep those in mind as I continue to tweak it. :)
      And yeah, I did make a mental note about the profile picture thing, but I don't want to change it until I'm sure I'll keep the new design. So I guess if/when I change my profile picture, you'll know that I intend to keep this design, lol

      No problem. :) Thanks for commenting! :D

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  2. Welcome back!!
    I hate to be the first one to say it, but I do miss the old design. This one IS pretty gorgeous, but I just prefer the other. I'm really opposed to change, though, so perhaps it's just me. xD It is so pretty, though, that if you decide to keep it I'll get used to it for sure. :D Although maybe you could make the line under your blog title at the top bold or something? I don't know, it's just kind of hard to read. :)
    But anyway. Enough of that. Glad you're back! I'm looking forward to what's coming! :D

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    1. Thanks!

      Don't be sorry! I definitely wanted to get everyone's opinion on this, and tbh, I really like my old design too. Like I said in the post, I'm not 100% sold on this one, but I do think it's pretty, so I want to give it a chance before I scrap it completely. Guess we'll both wait and see if it grows on us. :)

      Thank you! :D

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  3. I like the new design, the pop of pink is cute.

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    1. Thank you! That's an aspect I definitely love :D

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  4. WELCOME BACK. I'VE MISSED YOUR BLOGGING VOICE. *happy dance*

    I really like the new blog design, and I'm excited about all your blog posts to come. For feedback on the design, I think I would second Heather on maybe updating your profile picture to something that matches color-wise, and also maybe avoiding Times New Roman as your header font. Also, the byline under your blog name is a little hard to read in a couple places, so it might help if you changed the font color? But I REALLY REALLY like what you've done, and it would still look wonderful even if you didn't change anything. :D

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    1. THANK YOU!!! :D

      Thanks, me too!! And okay, I'll look into all of that as I continue to tweak it. Like I told Heather, I'm waiting to see if I get used to this theme (honestly, it's a little weird to open my blog page and see this instead of my old design :p), and if/when I do, I'll go ahead and make a change with my profile picture.

      Thank you so much!!! :D I am glad people like it. :)

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  5. Hello! I'm new. I started reading your blog in December, and have been (anxiously) awaiting your return. So glad you're back!
    I totally respect that you want to blog less. I just want you to know your blog post are the highlight of my week.
    I'm sad you'll be cutting down on Melodic Mondays. I don't feel comfortable searching the web for secular songs, and your blog was a nice way to find them.
    But I'll love your blog whatever type of post you do.
    -The Girl With the Gold Pen

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    1. Hi! I'm glad to be back! And wow, really???!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! :D I feel so honored!:D

      Well, like I said, I love music and I love sharing it so those posts WILL NOT disappear completely. :) Glad to know you enjoy them though! :D

      Thanks for commenting!

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  6. Welcome back! Great site. And btw you won Double Negative. Just tell me what format you prefer and I'll send it along!

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    1. Thank you! And, wow, AWESOME!! :D Mobi or PDF should work great. Thanks again! :)

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  7. I love the new design! (still gushing about its gorgeousness. Especially that header.) I totally understand you not being able to write long posts frequently. I can so relate haha!

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    1. Thank you!

      Haha, glad I'm not the only one ;)

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  8. YAY! I'm so happy to see you back! And I love the new design. I loved the other one too, though. And I'm a firm believer in people doing what makes them happy so I say it's up to you! I'm good with whatever. :) I'm so glad you had a productive break.
    -Bailey

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad to be back! :D And cool, that is good to know. :)

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  9. OH MY GOODNESS! I jumped to your blog via an email notification and for a minute had no clue where I was. But then I realised! THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL, ALEXA! THE PINK! THE PINK! It is gorgeous! Of course, it is not at all like your old theme, and might take time to get used to, but it is extremely very beautiful, and really shows (to me, at least) the effort and hard work you put in to ironing out the kinks in it. :D

    I am very happy you are back; this excites me very much. XD I can't wait to see all your new ideas and changes come into existence. :D <3

    All my love!

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    1. Strange . . . it doesn't say "kokodownunder" . . . :^)

      Well, this is Koko, by the way, in case you had no clue. XD <3

      xx

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    2. Thank you so much!!!! :D <3 I'm super glad to be back! :)

      Haha, I'm not sure why it doesn't have your name, but yeah, I knew who you were. :) <3

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  10. So good to see you back in the blogging world!!

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    1. Thank you!!! I'm really glad to be back! :D

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