Blog Design Changes and Updates

Blog Design Changes

It is the early hours of the morning and I cannot sleep. Well to be honest I have woken up from a few hours and now cannot get back to sleep. So its been over a week since I updated the Blog.

For the astute of you it will be noticeable that I have played around with the appearance again. I have experimented using different sidebars and no sub-sidebars for the last few weeks. I did like the impressive look it gave the Blog, but the restrictions on having to condense every widget it placed was too much.

There are times that I need to utilise the full potential of 360 px of the main right sidebar. Having to halve this for a left sidebar (posted to the right of the posts) and the right sidebar, both of 160 px after padding allowance just did not allow me the freedom I had expected.

So I have now reverted back again to the original design of full right sidebar only, no left sidebar at all, and the two sub-sidebars in the right sidebar. I now have the freedom of using the right sidebar top and bottom boxes again, interceded by the two sub-sidebars.

I also felt that although impressed by the changed design it hit me in the face with too many sections. At least now it is blending again and not too much hitting in the face at once.


I am now slowly getting back to full spirit and have come through the “dark period” of the last few weeks. I think it was just the toll of my recent health scare that tried to pull me down. I have battled through and thank all those that left a comment on the earlier post. Very much appreciated and I hope that my honesty is a testament to others whom may be struggling at times too.

Facebook Groups:

In regards to my business growth I have over recent weeks been posting questions upon the Facebook groups, in regards to:-

“Whether WordPress is the leader for websites these days?”

“Looking for some calendar, task manager, project time management software?”

“Are you a spinner of articles? Whether it has value still, tools used, how often and success rates?”

I feel astounded at the responses that these questions have brought and provoked some extremely useful conversations. As I get an email of all posts placed, in time I will analyse these and come back to you all with a summary of the questions.

I just love the Facebook groups and have spent a lot of time in them helping and learning vice versa from other members. Join them if you haven’t already. You could always leave the group if it does not live up to your expectations. I have my favorites and others just for general interest and research.

Calendar and Task Manager:

I did manage to find a calendar and task manager combined as a result of one of the questions above. I have settled on using “Efficient Calendar Free” This one looks like the Outlook clean appearance and usage.

I have been busy logging in some of the tasks I have piled up awaiting my attention. Extremely mind-blowing when I started listing them all and I have not finished yet. Yes I have listed modules in courses as separate tasks so that I can divide each one to different days. I may do more than one a day but seeing them listed separately makes me realise just what I have outstanding to catch up on. There are still more to add and each day I find others too.

This tool will allow me to become more focused upon the tasks outstanding and in a methodical manner. Where as my memory forgets from day-to-day what I started yesterday to complete at a later day. I get easily side tracked by something new in my daily surfing on the Internet.

Try it for yourself its a frightening nightmare when you see what you have to complete but is manageable with the right tools.

Focus Writers:

I have also been trying out the various focus writers mentioned in Dan Sumner’s Blog a few posts back. Again I will write a review on these in the future about how I found them.

I am writing this though using a program called Blogdesk. Again a gem replied in my questions in the Facebook groups. This is the first post I have written using it and like its clarity and mirrored look to the post screen in WordPress. The joy is I can do what looks like an actual post offline and upload it later when online.


Well folks this has turned into a lengthy post, but I am fine, my spirit is lifting daily again, due to adequate sleep mainly, and just plugging away each day at something. I remain focused on declutter and organising my life both online and offline in all that I have to do, be it personal or business related.

My goal for 2013 is to become more organised and structured so that I can locate, utilise and create many products from what I have already purchased. This is still happening and bit by bit I am getting organised.

My personal life needs a balance and again by decluttering and getting on top of things is where I am now. Day by day I am decluttering and keeping only what I need and becoming better organised along the way.

2013 is the year that I set my foundations and get myself known online and make sound solid preparations to work more efficiently!

What is 2013 doing for you?

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  • Hi Garry,

    I like your blog and the way you included so much information in the sidebar. I know that some of it does not get read as much as above the fold but when you have a long post and a lot of comments there is a lot of white space if your sidebars are not full.

    I also love FB groups. It makes me feel I am a part of a like minded community. It does get a bit lonesome sitting by a computer day after day. Interacting with people and sharing ideas on FB makes me feel that I am alive.

    Take care,

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  • Debra Moser

    Reply Reply March 12, 2013

    Hi Gary,

    So glad to hear you are feeling more positive and back on track! I also like the look of your site! As far as you getting organized, is excellent for keeping tasks on track and there is the option of a mobile app. Love it, it emails you with your tasks for the week, sends reminders and you can check them off when done.

  • Tonya Stephens

    Reply Reply March 12, 2013

    Hi there,
    Glad to hear you are feeling more positive.
    Sounds like you are getting organized and that will make everything better.
    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
    Your plan will help you get there.
    I’ll take a look at the calender you found because I could use a good one…that’s free!
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  • Adrienne

    Reply Reply March 11, 2013

    Hey Gary,

    Glad to hear that you’re through those dark days Gary. Always hate to hear that you’re down in any way.

    Sounds like you’ve been busy and that you have your blog where you want it.

    Appreciate the suggestions you gave us for what you’re using and that they are helpful. I don’t use a calendar like that, I prefer the old wall kind hung right about my desk. I know, so old school!

    Have a good week Gary!

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  • Ken Soszka

    Reply Reply March 11, 2013

    Looks great Gary! Glad to see you around, keep up the great work and positive attitude and things will go your way.

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  • Cararta

    Reply Reply March 9, 2013

    Hi Gary,

    Glad to hear you are working through your problems and getting positive results from your efforts.

    I need to do a lot of work on my blog, so I know now where to come for some advise…instead of doing and regretting.

    I read Bonnie Gean’s article about spinning….so true…I know they say you can post in different article directories, but not sure how good the long term results are.
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  • Gareth Kentish

    Reply Reply March 9, 2013

    Blog looks great. You catch plenty of attention, which is awesome, and I am delighted that you look forward and upwards. Absolutely right, whatever the challenges are in life.
    Look forward to hearing of your progress
    Kind regards
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  • Jude Banks

    Reply Reply March 9, 2013

    Hi Gary,

    Glad to see you are back in the groove. I note you’ve decided on
    Efficient Calendar Free. I find it easy to use and reliable. I hope it
    helps with your task and time management goals.

    Good job with your blog design.

    Jude Banks recently posted…Nifty Tool To Organize Information EasilyMy Profile

  • Joy Healey

    Reply Reply March 9, 2013

    Hi Gary

    I’m new to your blog – from Sue’s group – but I do like the wide sidebar. I think it’s easier to read when there’s plenty of space.

    Joy Healey recently posted…My blog is running too slowlyMy Profile

  • Zora

    Reply Reply March 8, 2013

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for inviting me over to your blog again to read your great tips. I think you got the blog looking good and well organized.

    I’m glad you’re getting a better feel of life and work. Lifting some of the clutter away and being more organized can bring you more ease and peace of mind. Your blog post is well laid out, nice and flows with an easy reading experience.

    The recourse links and names of the product you found in your research will save some people time looking for that solution.
    Thanks again! Keep up the good work ! Have a good Day.

    Zora recently posted…Learn how to use these Tips to Increase Ranking and Website TrafficMy Profile

  • Ginny Carter

    Reply Reply March 8, 2013

    It’s great to hear you are feeling more positive, and a big help to everyone to hear your journey as it gives inspiration to others. For what it’s worth, I like the layout of your blog a lot, it’s clear and with obvious (but not too many) calls to action.

  • Murray Whitcombe

    Reply Reply March 8, 2013

    Great Article as always Gary!!

  • Gordon Smith

    Reply Reply March 8, 2013

    Hi Gary,

    Glad to hear your feeling better, I think you blog looks good the size of the sidebar is what first hit me when the page opened, but having said that you have so much content here, and that’s probably the most important thing.

    When you are ill and out of sorts it’s very difficult to focus on anything, and working through that feeling might not be the right thing to do either, it’s unlikely you will do your best work when you’re not feeling well.

    Having the right mindset, and being in the right state where you are giving of your best is important, but I suppose there is a balance.

    I once heard Alex Jeffreys say he had asked another marketer why he was making so much more money than him, this is before Alex’s business really took off, and the other marketer said “I work through the hard times” That was all he said by way of explanation of his success.

    I tried to work through the hard times when I have not felt up to scratch and the results weren’t great, I just ended up feeling worse lol different strokes for different folks I guess.

    Glad you’re feeling better.

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  • Bonnie Gean

    Reply Reply March 8, 2013

    Ahah! We have you to thank for that colorful discussion about article spinning?

    Well then, I can thank you for the article I posted on my blog as a result of your question, and the many comments I received from it too!

    So thanks! 🙂
    Bonnie Gean recently posted…The Duplicate Content Debate: Which Side Are You On?My Profile

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