Site and Map Updates

A brand new look for a brand new year!

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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