Last night was a late one. And an exciting one! I stayed up into the bleary-eyed hours, restructuring and putting a whole new face on SheWrites.com. Happy 2nd Anniversary, She Writers, and WELCOME TO THE NEW & IMPROVED SHE WRITES! (Whoa, 2nd Anniversary excitement just possessed my hand to hit the caps lock key. I'll try to keep it down over here.)
What the New Look is All About
She Writes' new "skin" is based on white for a cleaner, more spacious experience, and we've used rounded corners, shadows, and fancied-up fonts so that everything is easier to see, read, and navigate. We've continued our tradition of using classy gray text and gray accents to match our dark red and gray She Writes logo (see top left), which hasn't changed and is still as bold as ever.
Why is the New Look Important?
I'm a big feminist and get pretty fired up about the negative consequences of our appearance-based culture, but I'll admit, just as in painting or film, the web is a visual-based medium and a website's appearance has a big impact on the experience of the person clicking about on it.
In that regard, the new She Writes design is more than just a "facelift" or "make-over." (Ugh, I also detest these pop phrases -- especially on a site that helps us women break away from sexism and sexist expectations to look and perform a certain way! Ok, feminist rant #2 now over.)
- Our new changes organize the space and content that She Writers share and create. With over 15,000 members blogging, updating statuses, live chatting, making and joining groups, commenting, replying to discussions, and taking advantage of our consulting and webinar services, there's a lot happening on here! We heard loud and clear feedback from you that She Writes was like a glittering but jumbled pile of potential; our new changes turn that pile into an accessible, inviting stockroom of riches for your craft and career as a writer.
- The new redesign is also a visual guide, or aesthetic map. We've lifted as much content as possible "above the fold" so that key tools are readily apparent. We've highlighted main content "modules", and carefully chosen which modules appear on every page, which appear only on the front page, and what items are in the top menu bar, as well as what content shows in the footer.
Playtime! Go Check Out What's New and Different!
Ew, bugs. They'll be gone soon.
You may notice oddities or things that are "broken" as you navigate around the new site. I'm working as fast as I can to fix all of the technical spaghetti, and in the meantime, feel free to help by reporting breaks or bugs here.
Here are things I'm already working on fixing:
Doing a redesign is always a bit hairy. At the moment I'm still in whirlwind mode, attempting to fix everything funky as fast as possible. It's important to me that you feel great and can interact smoothly on SheWrites.com, so I have a bunch more nose-to-the-grindstone hours before I can sit back with a happy sigh and survey our bustling, revamped community.
But She Writes also reminds me about work/life balance, treating yourself well, how women deserve a break, and all that crucial feminist rah-rah, so I'm going to take a brief break to do my laundry (which has been piling up this past week--ahem, more like month, I'll admit it--while doing the redesign) so I have something to wear to the She Writes Anniversary Meetup tonight!
p.s. I just want to give a huge shout-out and thanks to Sumeet Chawla, for generously helping me make all the fancypants coding work. Hurrah for collaboration!