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