Showing posts with label Our Thoughts Precisely. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Our Thoughts Precisely. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pardon the Construction...

At the end of last year, I was pretty happy with the overall design of Our Thoughts Precisely. However, I’ve done a lot of thinking, especially about the direction I want to take this blog. I’ve had a lot of time to think and ultimately decided that change wasn’t just on the horizon, it was already here. If you’ve noticed, blog posts have been more sporadic than before, and I’ve taken a lot more week long breaks—between catching a cold back in May, reading slumps, and lack of motivation to write anything. Honestly, I haven’t been reading as much young adult or middle grade books as I used to. So, I haven’t really felt like I had as much to post on Our Thoughts Precisely. As part of my 2017 resolutions, I wanted to incorporate more of my interests into my blogging. And I didn’t feel like the old design of Our Thoughts Precisely really reflected that anymore. So, my first thought was to give the blog a new look.

I’m going to be honest: deciding how to change the header, the background, and the overall look of the blog wasn’t easy. Actually, the new header is the second one I made. The first one, well, I felt like it was too along the same sort of vein as the old look of Our Thoughts Precisely—i.e. a similar, if not identical color scheme and style. It took me a long time to make it, and I struggled with parts of it because I wasn’t totally happy with it. While, in hindsight, I later realized that I wanted something with cleaner lines, limited colors, and no solid background except for white. But, I also wanted to incorporate all the things that I associate with this blog—birdcages, teacups, skeleton keys, and birds. And the first redesign just didn’t fit that vision. So, I started over again and let me tell you, that was the best decision because I found it so much easier to just sit down and create the header.

About the new header…

The last couple of headers for the blog were pieces I drew on my computer, but recently I got a new Samsung Tablet that I now use for art. There’s one particular app that I use: MediBang Paint. This app is probably the best drawing app I’ve ever used (Adri and I plan to talk more about this app on a later post), and the standard brushes made it so easy to draw the design for this header. The one I specifically used to make the uncolored layer is the Rotation Symmetry Pen with these specific settings: opacity of 93%; width of 1px; 12 lines; color is black; and with “pen pressure size” and “opacity by pressure” checked (pictured below, click to enlarge). The Rotation Symmetry Pen is amazing. It’s my new favorite pen, because it makes patterns and backgrounds so much easier to draw.

Other changes…

Before I end this post, I want to talk about some of the other changes that I’m going to steadily incorporate onto the blog. I won’t stop writing reviews, participating in weekly memes, or writing about book related things—like book tags, lists, etc. However, the main change is that Our Thoughts Precisely isn’t going to be limited to just nonfiction, young adult, or middle grade anymore. I plan to do reviews for most of the books I read instead of limiting myself and what I can post to this blog. Other stuff includes just about anything I or my two co-bloggers want to write about. As such, I’ve changed the sort of byline for the header from “book blog” to just “a place for our thoughts”. What it comes down to is change. It’s easy to get comfortable with what I’m currently doing. However, sometimes comfortable is also stagnant, and that's exactly how I started to feel.

So, I think that about covers it. This post got a lot longer than I thought it would be, but once I started to write I figured out pretty quickly that I had a lot to say. I plan to overhaul a lot of the pages as well, and hope to be done with it soon. So, I'm going to spend the rest of the week making changes.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Our Thoughts Precisely Is Now 4 Years Old

Gosh, I feel like I never have anything planned for this day, but this year, I actually did forget that March 15th is the anniversary of when Andrea and I started Our Thoughts Precisely. This blog is officially 4 years old. 4 years old. Guys, that’s a pretty long time, and it seems like it was just yesterday when we were only posting stuff to goodreads. Since then, Adri has joined us, which reminds me that I need to go around to all the little corners of the blog and update some of the pages. I will probably do that sometime soon. Maybe next year I will finally remember to do something more on March 15th, but I digress. I won’t repeat the entire history of the blog because that would just be needlessly repetitive. However, I just wanted to quickly drop this post here to acknowledge the day, and say a very big thank you to everyone who has stopped by the blog, followed us, left comments, or just read any of our posts. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for sticking around!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Our Thoughts Precisely Is Officially 3 Years Old!

Today is March 15th, and three years ago today, Our Thoughts Precisely was started. Hooray! I don’t really have anything planned for today since I’m busy with other things and reading. But, I just wanted to drop this post here to acknowledge the day. I also want to say thank you to the readers, who've taken the time to stop by the blog.

So, yeah, Our Thoughts Precisely is officially 3 years old. Now, back to reading.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

1 Year Blogiversary & Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott Giveaway

     

     Yep, that little picture above tells the truth and nothing but the truth. Our Thoughts Precisely turns 1 today! Can you believe it? A whole year of blogging down the drain already. So, let me start off by thanking all of the readers who have stuck around this long. Time really does fly when you're blogging. It's been fun discovering authors and books I never would have thought about reading. There have been ups and there have been downs, but to say the least, its been an interesting year.
     So to say thank you to our followers and celebrate Our Thoughts Precisely's blogiversary, we've got something to give away. So below you'll find a Rafflecopter widget where you can enter to win a Kindle copy of Victoria Scott's latest YA novel, which I absolutely  loved & reviewed not that long ago: Fire & Flood. The giveaway will run from today, March 15th, to March 22nd. Winner will be announced some time shortly after.

The Fine Print:
US only
Entrants must be 16 years of age or older, or have permission from a parent or guardian to enter
You must be a follower of the blog (email, Bloglovin, or GFC)
One entry per household
All entries will be verified, failure to follow the rules will disqualify all of your entries
Must be able to accept Kindle books 
Void where prohibited
Now, go forth and enter!

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