I’m Back!

You’ve probably already noticed a few major changes, so let’s start with those. The first thing you’ll have noticed is that I HAVE MY OWN DOMAIN!!! Yes, it’s true :). Also note that I have changed the name of my blog. It is now “The Beautiful Geek”. I found that this name suits what my blog is about much better than “Beauty Geek” did.

Ok, next you’ll definitely have noticed that I am using a new theme (Adelle by BluChic) and the layout is a simpler, more bloggy style. You’ll also have noticed that the navigation menu has changed, so I’ll give you a walkthrough of that next. You’ll see some new menu items, I’ll go over those in a bit.

nav bar pic

Moving from left to right:

  • Home: this brings you back to the main page of my blog from anywhere on the site.
  • Site Stuff: this is where you’ll find links to my Site News and Blogging Awards.
  • Blog: this item is to display everything from my life topics, business talk, candle stuff, poetry, and my thoughts, rants and ramblings. And my monthly favorites.
  • Post Series: this is where you’ll find links to my new blog series’: Beautiful Monday, Geeky Wednesday, Pins of the Week, Life Updates, and Monthly Favorites (more on these later).
  • Beauty: ok so now we’re getting to the good stuff. this tab is where you’ll find links to my nail stuff (art, care, product reviews, my polish collection and nail art portfolio site) and skin stuff (care and product reviews). I’ve decided that since I’ve always been into skin care stuff that it’d be a pretty darn good idea to incorporate this into my blog as well. šŸ™‚
  • Geekery: ah, geek stuff, how I love you so. Here you’ll find everything geek-related. My game reviews, updates, geek talk, the sims stuff (like challenges, custom content, and expansion pack reviews) and Warhammer 40k painting projects. Oh, and you’ll also see a link for tech + gadget reviews (as well as some random things).
  • Disclosure + Policies: basically a page for some semi-legal mumbo jumbo. šŸ™‚
  • About: a page about, you guess it, ME!
  • Contact: you can use this page to get a hold of me. šŸ™‚

Alright, so now that’s done…on to the sidebar. I only have one with this theme, so I’ve cut down some of the old widgets.

From top to bottom:

  • Search: kinda self explanatory
  • Like me on Facebook: you can click the link to see my facebook page, and below it is a feed of my status updates.
  • Follow widget: yup, of course I had to keep the “It’s only logical” phrase in there. šŸ™‚
  • Commenting Policy: ok so this is new. Basically a little reminder that, while I love talking with others, there are some Do’s and Don’ts of commenting.
  • TBG Archives: also self explanatory

You’ll also notice that over the next week or so I’ll be inputting new images for my nail art tutorials. I’ve put them in a new format, so I hope you guys like it. šŸ™‚ Now we’re on the topic, let’s talk about the new menu items shall we? First is the new post series.

  • Beautiful Monday: this is the day I will now be posting beauty-related posts. So all of my nail art, etc will be featured on Mondays. Do note that there’s no telling if it will be a nail art tutorial, polish review, or something on skin care, so it frees up what I’m able to post that day and keeps the content fairly fresh and different.
  • Geeky Wednesday: basically the same as for Beauty Monday, except with geek-related topics. I’ll probably be posting more Sims related stuff that game reviews, etc. But I’ll try to get a little bit of everything in so no one (including me) gets bored.
  • Pins of the Week: I’m excited about this one. Every week, on Friday, I’ll be sharing with you my favorite pins of that week. I’ll be sure to post all the original links and give photo credit to the right people.
  • Life Updates: these will be a once a month post on the last Friday of each month.
  • Monthly Favorites: posted on the last Monday of each month, this will be a post displaying my favorite items of that month.

New blogging topics:

  • Skin care/product reviews: I will now be posting skin care tips and product reviews! šŸ™‚
  • Game Updates: this will be an update of whatever game I’m playing. Seeing as I game predominantly on the Xbox, I might not be able to share gameplay images, but I’m looking into doing that later on (and eventually I want to do Game Play-through videos šŸ™‚ )
  • The Sims Challenges: I will be trying out different challenges in The Sims and sharing my progress here. I will be posting gameplay images for these.
  • The Sims Custom Content: On occasion I’ll be creating and sharing houses I build (and maybe families, Sims, pets…?) on the Sims website, and also sharing them here as well.
  • The Sims Expansion Packs: I will be doing reviews of new expansion packs! šŸ™‚
  • Warhammer 40k Painting: this is fairly new to me, and while I don’t play the game, I thoroughly enjoy building and painting the figures. I will be posting pictures of the figures and sets I paint to share with you guys.

And I think that’s about it. I hope you guys like the new and improved blog, because I do. I can’t wait to get blogging again! šŸ™‚

till next post, Katie

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