Site Design, #NoBuy August, & FloydFest
Happy August everyone!
I’d hoped to get this post up yesterday, actually on August 1, but a storm took out our power until an hour or so ago. Let’s pretend it’s still the first day of August, then, shall we?
First things first, to go with the start of the month I have a few site design changes that I’m really excited about! A couple of months ago, I reached out to Roanoke designer, Josh Gibson, of Giant Step Design. It seems like he’s the go-to guy for fantastic graphic design in the New River Valley these days and I loved the posters he’d created (seriously, go check out his Facebook page to see what he’s been up to lately), so I asked if he’d be up for a small blog project I had in mind. Nothing big, just a new banner and some buttons for links. I rather like the layout I have right now but wanted to jazz it up some. He happily took on the project and never let on that he was frustrated with my picky aesthetics. Really, it was a pleasure to work with him–lines of communication were always open and he seemed right on-target with what I was thinking. It’s not always easy to communicate whatever’s floating around in my head to another person, but he went with the flow and cooked up some great buttons and a banner.
The biggest change besides the banner at the top of the page is the “Favorite Blogs” section of the site. Before I’d used a typical blogroll listing out all the blogs I read. But over time, that list evolved. And by evolved, I mean grew. It morphed into a beast of a project to add new awesome blogs and subtract defunct ones, so I didn’t manage the blogroll for over a year (probably more like two years if I’m honest with myself…) That needed to change. So after creating a Google Bundle for the SSFC group this summer, I realized that the easiest way to manage who I was keeping up with and who I wanted to share with you all would be through a Bundle. If you click on one of the buttons–Vegan, Omni, Gluten-Free, Other–you’ll be taken to another tab where a Reader feed is displayed. As each of the blogs I follow is updated, it will appear at the top of the list. Now you can scroll through the blogs and see sample posts in real-time. And I don’t have to do anything different than my routine for adding or subtracting blogs from my Google Reader feed. Win-win.
The second bit for August is #NoBuy August. I’ll be tweeting here & there as I go through the month, but the gist is that I’ve been overspending. Waaaay overspending. I need to really focus on what I’m purchasing and to what end this month. While I do have a job that more than supports me, I’ve been a little too free with what I’ve splurged on and that needs to stop. Time to really work through pantry items, focus on the garden harvest, and say “no” a few more times. Nothing drastic, just a reality check.
And, finally, FloydFest 2012. Serious good fun. Below is a little photo essay of what I managed to snap pictures of. To be honest, I was having too much fun eating and drinking and dancing with my friends to take many pictures, but these will give you a feel of the food part of the festival at least!
Veggie Woodfire Pizza from Dogtown Pizza
All alcohol was served in these cool Klean Kanteen pints that each person had to buy and tote around (great idea!!)
Gregory Alan Isakov–been wanting to see him for years
Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito of Champions ft. scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, cheese, and salsa
Vegan Scrambled Tofu Wrap
BBQ Tempeh Wrap w/ Kale Salad
Matisyahu–sad to have not seen him when he was Hassidic…but was still an **incredible** show. Danced my butt off.
Fire-breathing Dragon Sculpture
And that’s a wrap! (Speaking of wraps, I hope I don’t have to eat a flour tortilla anytime soon–too many wraps at FloydFest…) Not sure if we’ll go back next year, but I thought it was incredibly fun, even if I didn’t get to stay out at the bonfire as late as I’d hoped to. Gotta love friends and food and music and plenty of adult beverages. And, speaking of which, I’m eying The Festy this year. I’d won passes from a fellow VA blogger two years ago for the first Festy, but couldn’t go (gave them to a friend instead). This year’s line up looks really fun. Any of you guys thinking about it?
Let me know if you have any suggestions for the site–I’d love to hear them!–and if you’re in the market for a great graphic designer, be sure to talk with Josh!