Site and Map Updates

A brand new look for a brand new year!

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My Five Fs has a new look!  I’ve made a few updates to my site and to my RV trips map and want to share those here today.  Let’s start with the site updates, then continue to the RV trips map updates for 2015.  Just for today, I hope you will actually click-through to my site to read today’s post and let me know what you think of the updates.

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For some time, I’ve considered updating the look and feel of my site, and late last week, I finally decided to make some big changes.  Even though it was a little hard to finally hit the magic button and save those changes for good, I’m quite happy with the new look.    I selected the Twenty Sixteen theme, and I like most everything about it, including my new logo, my standard little “peeping dove” that has graced my site for years now.

The Twenty Sixteen theme showcases photos in a higher quality manner as compared to my previous theme, which is one of the features I desired the most for this site.

This theme uses significantly more screen “real estate,” which makes it possible to showcase photos in a beautiful manner on all devices.  The featured image will now appear at the beginning of each post, along with a new option to share an “excerpt” at the beginning of a post with a summary thought or important point about that particular post.

In the process of updating the site, I also removed an add-on font from Type Kit that I utilized for titles over the past few years, opting now to just go with the fonts that WordPress has available with this theme.  In earlier days, there were very few, if any, choices of fonts available, but happily, this is no longer the case.  I tested several fonts for readability, while hoping to find a more decorative font for titles that also worked well with the new site banner.

In a way, I’ve returned to the original look when I started My Five Fs several years ago with a simple, clean feel and less clutter on the page, and the new header helps to more accurately brand the site, too.

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I have always intended to write on these five themes and will continue to do so, rather than focusing my writings on a specific area, and any additional content found on my site will support one or more of these themes in some way.

People are increasingly reading web content on their phones and tablets, and having a site design that is user friendly and quick-loading for mobile readers is a necessary feature.

2016-01-18-15.22.22Most of the time, my handy Samsung tablet is my go-to device when I’m at home, and my Samsung phone is the device I use when away from home.  While I also use my laptop at home at times, I usually opt for the tablet for reading.  Site content on My Five Fs looks much better now, based on what I’ve seen on my own mobile devices, with the exception of the big crack I now have on my tablet screen.  That is obviously my problem to solve in a whole different, and more expensive, manner soon. 😦

Subscribed readers will continue to have full access to posts in their WordPress reader, rather than directing them to my site.  While some people desire to have their readers go directly to their sites for different reasons, this practice seems to be an increasingly time-consuming effort for me personally, even on our Wi-Fi connection, especially if the article contains numerous pictures or graphics.  For regular subscribers, the WordPress reader pops up quickly and is easy to read.  New visitors will still visit the actual site, along with a few subscribers that will occasionally visit there, which works just fine for me.  I’m just so pleased when anyone takes the time to read, like and/or comment on my posts, no matter how they read them.

Now, let’s look at the RV trips map updates!

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We visited four new campgrounds in 2015!

 

“Our RV Trips Map” has been updated with the new places we visited in 2015.  On the updated site home page, the permanent page with the map link can now found at the top right column, rather than at the top of the site.

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If you would like to check out the updated map directly, just click the link below, which is the same link found on the permanent page.

Our RV Trips Map

RV camping additions from 2015 to the map, all new camping destinations last year for us:

Eisenhower State Park (North Texas) – October

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Lake Arrowhead State Park (Northwest Texas) – October

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KOA Durant Choctaw Casino (Southern Oklahoma) – October

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Lake Colorado City State Park (Southern Panhandle Texas) – March and May

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Other map updates, interesting sites to see:
Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site (North Texas) – October
Choctaw Casino Resort (Southern Oklahoma) – October
Albuquerque Old Town (North-Central New Mexico) – November

As I looked at this map once again, I realized how many places I’ve missed sharing here, except as a point on the map.  2015 was such a tumultuous year in so many ways, and I’m looking forward to a hopefully calmer year with less drama, which will permit me to finally find a new life routine going forward from all of the family deaths last year.  Hopefully, I will be able to backtrack a bit and share more about some of these lovely places, including our fabulous Hawaii trip.

If you are not following my special photography project site at Animal Wonder, I hope you will check it out today and subscribe to see future posts there, too.  That site is primarily focused on my animal/bird photography with fewer words, usually telling only a brief description or story about the photo.

Thank you to all my special friends here for continuing to make this writing and reading experience a true joy with your likes and comments over the past few years!  I look forward to continuing this journey with you all for a long time.

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Blogger at My Five Fs (Faith - Family - Food - Fotos - Fun) and Animal Wonder. Empty-nester that now shares life with my hubby and our two standard poodles. Enjoys camping in our RV, taking and editing photos, trying new low-carb recipes, baking pretty decorated cookies for special occasions, walking daily, spending time with family and friends when we can, playing with the dogs, and is grateful to God for every single day of this blessed life and for the opportunity to share and connect with some great people here.

12 thoughts on “Site and Map Updates”

    1. Yes!!! It has been on our camping “radar” ever since we purchased the RV a few years ago, so we certainly enjoyed visiting there after the lake completely filled up after the rains in May/June. The state park was actually closed for several weeks afterward, and I think it finally reopened on July 4 holiday week, at least partially. The same was true for Eisenhower SP, too. They had major flood damage and couldn’t reopen until Labor Day weekend. We loved both parks a lot, and having full lakes does make a difference! Did you write a post on Lake Arrowhead? I plan to go back and write about both, hopefully soon.

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        1. Yes, they are resilient little buggers! haha We had several in our campground, next to our RV. I will check out your post, too. How that lake filled up so quickly is pretty much a miracle. 😉

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  1. You’re the first person I know who is using the new Twenty-Sixteen theme. Good for you. Looks nice. I kinda forgot to check for a theme update at the new year. I’ll have to look it over better as time goes on.

    Love the photos. You’re getting better ’n better. Keep up the good work. I’m getting lazier and lazier!

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    1. I appreciate that comment very much, especially from you! I’m trying to really make progress on the photography as I can. I like this theme and put off updating the site for too long, as styles have definitely changed over the past few years. The only issue I still have, and have had ever since WordPress introduced the new editor, is type lagging. It gets very frustrating at times, for sure. I thought this change might help, but I can’t tell any difference, unfortunately. May have to find somewhere else to type posts, then just copy/paste them into the editor.

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      1. The type lag is a problem. And it’s worse if your connection is slow. Here I typically get a lost connection and have to turn my WIFI off and turn it back on to refresh the system and then I’m good for a while. But being on a public network part of the time to save my bought-bandwidth means I have to find my own workarounds.

        It was interesting that this morning when I first saw your new site the page came up with JUSTIFIED margins — but when I went back alter it was ragged right. Personally I do not like justification. It ‘looks more professional’ but in fact it’s been proven to be harder to read.
        I have always wanted a theme that gave me large graphics — but I also hold out for one with the largest X-height I can find. (X-height being the term for the height of lower case letters from the baseline to the top of (for example) the crest of the ‘m’.

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        1. Well, at least I now know that the type lag isn’t just my issue. I normally justify the main text, as it is just a personal preference, but the WordPress reader doesn’t justify, even when I do. So, readers can have it either way. I think most people are reading via the Reader anyway. My site counts come more from Pinterest links than anywhere else these days, along with a few people that find it via tags.

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    1. Thank you! We were only there for Saturday night and just ate at the casino next door. There are several good food options there at different price ranges. We are not bug gamblers, but we enjoyed the evening there before pulling out the next day for our week at Eisenhower SP.

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