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Notice something different?

Today is a big day around here.  It’s the day we’ve finally retired the blog theme (Digg 3) we have been using since we started Two Writing Teachers in June 2007.  We decided it was time for a change.  As of today, we have a new blog theme (Triton Lite).  Our new theme looks quite different than the old one.  The first thing you’ll notice is that there are images featured for many of the blog posts.  To read a post in its entirety, just click on the featured image, the blog post title or the area below the first few lines of the post’s text that say “read more.”  Allow me to take you on a tour of where things are now located.

SEARCH BAR:  The search bar is located on the far left of the middle row of widgets below all of the blog posts.  (Other widgets in this area include links to our Twitter feeds and to the monthly calendar which will allow you to click on a date to find the posts published on that date.)  The search function works just like it always did.  If you’re looking for everything we’ve ever written about poetry, just type “poetry” into the search bar and you’ll get something that looks like this:

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The most recent posts about that topic will appear on the top of the page.  Keep scrolling down to view more posts.  (For instance, poetry has 13 pages, which means there are over 300 posts that we’ve categorized as being about poetry.)

PAGES:  These are located on the top black bar of the page.

ARCHIVES:  Located on the bottom left of the main page’s footer, which is also a black bar.  Select a month and year from the drop-down menu to view all of the posts we wrote in a given month.

CATEGORIES:  Every post we’ve ever written has at least one category assigned to it.  There’s a category search bar located in the center of the blog’s black page footer.  Use the drop-down menu to search for posts categorized by author’s name, topic, qualities of good writing, etc.  Here’s a peek at what it looks like:

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BLOGROLL:  This is located towards the bottom of the page.  It’s still broken-out by topic, such as “book lovers,” “inspiration to write,” “teacher resources,” “year-round slicers” etc.  (Speaking of year-round slicers, we have to update this list.  If you participated in the March 2011 and March 2012 SOLSC and have blogged for 40 or more weeks during the rest of the year, then please leave a comment on this post, which will nudge me to include a link to your blog if it’s not already there.)

Like all changes, the change in our blog’s format will likely take some time for everyone to get used to, including us!  We hope the new format will be something you’ll grow to love in the upcoming weeks.

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Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

20 thoughts on “Notice something different? Leave a comment

  1. I have participated in the past two years of the SOLC and post most Tuesdays in between. This writing community has been a great boost to me personally and is helping my writing ability. Thanks to all who comment.

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  2. I forgot to link my mom’s url for Otterlanding:http://otterlanding.wordpress.com
    Your new site is like going to a full service menu – breakfast served all day – wow. I think it will take some getting used to but I like seeing more of what is going on on a front page.
    I can’t believe I’ve been blogging since 9-22-09 – time has flown by. I did last year’s March challenge. Thanks for updating your year round slicers list.
    http://onesunflower.wordpress.com/

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  3. Granted, I don’t fully get it yet, but I LOVE the new look. I can’t wait to explore all the new ways to get around TwoWritingTeachers. Already, it’s easier than Facebook. 🙂

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  4. I love the new look…as someone who changes up the background and look of my blog every few months, I know what you mean about needing a change. And, yes, I slice year round, too…and happily so!

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  5. Love the new look! You are motivating me to play around and rethink my blog. Hmmmm . . . 🙂 Also, your post made me go back through my old posts to see if I actually blogged every week. And yes, I did participate in SOC 2011 and 2012 and I kept blogging weekly. I still can’t believe how participating in the TWT. It would be AMAZING to be added to your blog roll.

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  6. Wow! That was a surprise, but a nice surprise. I like the new look. I also like that you took the time to explain the new look. You guys are inspiring!

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  7. Looks terrific Stacey, and Ruth. I like the ‘recent comments’ look & the new search “how-to”. And yes, I have sliced for all of March 2011 through the year & then March 2012. When & if you have time, I’d like to be on your year-round roll! It’s been a fun year of learning for sure! And you are a big part of that. thank you!

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  8. You all could certainly teach Facebook a thing or two about communicating changes :). Thanks for the update on the change and the directions on where things are and how to navigate.

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    • @zeaserspalace: That’s a great compliment! Thank you. As I was writing it I kept wondering, “I hope people don’t hate this like they hated Timeline.” Therefore, your connection to the Facebook changes made me laugh since I definitely thought about that.

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  9. A crisp, clean new slate! Love the new look. Of course, we all get used to the way it used to be, but it feels good every now and again to freshen up! I also appreciate the post stating the fact that something is new . . . otherwise I may have really been confused!

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