Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Organizing The Organization

When I started this blog last November I knew that I had a whole lot of things that I wanted to write about. They all fit into the categories of Parenting, Adoption, Organization & Decor. I recently sat down to continue planning out future posts and the list just doesn't stop. I guess that is what happens when you get the wonderful opportunity to write about your passions.


With organization making up one of my top four passions it only seemed fitting that I find ways to organize this blog in an efficient manner for ya'll. All the while still keeping things true to my personality...simple. I'm not looking for high tech, flashy banners or windows...just a simple way to navigate and find things at An Inviting Home.



Originally I created a "project gallery" to keep all of the past projects organized and a "parenting tips" tab for sharing some ideas that we have stumbled upon along the way (out of complete desperation!) The "Reality of..." tab was the space for sharing posts that I had written to more specifically talk about how our lives have changed for the better since adopting our three oldest children and thoughts on the topic of adoption in general.


As more posts have been added these sections have grown and it seemed it was time to organize them a little more. I started researching ideas for how to create a better project gallery with bigger images and creating separate categories under each page.

During our time away, I spent a whole day in Canada researching about html code and editing some fill in the blank html codes to create this new gallery (yeah, I had no clue what "html" was either prior to blogging...actually I still don't.) The short story is that I decided that I never want to be a web master full time and tears will flow if you spend 45 minutes writing up codes and then your computer glitches and the code doesn't save. I emailed back and forth with Erica from Craftivity Designs and she was SUPER, so kind and helpful. She even shared with me the "code" to keep the pinterest button from trying to attach to every picture in the gallery.

This is what the previous gallery looked like...


After my eyes crossing, tears, a lot of caffeine and my time in Canada coming to a close I decided to go back to what I knew. 

In the end I went back to my original format and used a popular site called inlinkz to organize my posts. A lot of people use this program to create Link parties so that many people can link up their posts in one area. However, it can also be used to create a gallery of your own posts.

I created multiple categories like kitchen organization, laundry, etc. and now you can find things under more specific categories instead of all together into one jumbled bunch!

It is looking a whole lot more like this...





I also decided to change the "Reality of..." tab to a simple, "Adoption" tab that would be more descriptive of what it actually talked about.

Feel free to explore around the new tabs. I hope that you enjoy the changes and that it allows you to find things that are helpful and interesting to you! As always, feel free to email me with any questions or thoughts that you might have.

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19 comments:

  1. I love your gallery idea. But, now I feel like I need to better organize my posts. Whoa, that would take forever. I think I'd need to take a month off of blogging to get everything organized :(

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    1. Allyson,

      With this system you could do a little at a time which is why I love it!

      ~Sarah

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    2. I'm just getting around to thinking about this more :) You have to use the paid version for this since you use thumbnails, right?

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    3. Yep, I think I pay $15 per year for the service.

      ~Sarah

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  2. Such a great tip! I didn't realize you could use inlinkz for galleries as well! Love your organization and yes... I do the same thing and think I need to take a half a week to just organize and tweak my blog posts. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Ellora,

      I hear ya...if only it could all magically happen. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. Love this idea (and that you're on Blogger because it seems like all ideas like this are for WP!) I'm adding this project to my list. Since you're on Blogger, can I ask, how did you get the "Want to stay connected…" at the bottom of your post. Is there a program or did you simply add the text and linked pictures?

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    1. Julie,

      For the "Want to stay connected" it is just text and the html code for my media buttons. I have to add it manually every time.

      ~Sarah

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  4. One more question… since the collection is closed, can you add more links as you create new posts??

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    1. Julie,

      Yep! At the end of the week I just go on to inlinkz and open up the collection...add my new links...and then close the collection again.

      ~Sarah

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  5. I'm using InLinks for my recipes page and for my Rescue Dogs needing foster parents with the organization I volunteer. I really like how easy it is to keep the Rescue Dogs page updated but updating, adding and deleting links as needed.

    The rest of my topics I stick to the regular except list for my posts.

    Found you from being featured at Thrifty Thursdays!

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  6. I hadn't thought of doing something like this! Great idea! Is there a picture size that is best for making it work with inLinks? I find a lot of my pics get cropped when I do link parties, and not always for the best. It's okay for link parties, but I need to streamline it if I'm doing it for galleries.

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    1. Elisabeth,

      I usually use PicMonkey and crop one the pictures in the post into a square. The square size works great for inlinks and then doesn't cut anything off.

      ~Sarah

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  7. I just stumbled onto your blog from IHeartOrganizing's blog. Thank you so much for posting this. I actually just started my own blog about organizing. Not many people out their are kind enough to post on how to blog and set things up. I just want to say thank you! Can I get your advice about something though? Every now and then I would like put a document on my blog for people to look at and use. After some Googling I found out you can just use the html code from Google docs. However, it comes with a glitch. When you first open the blog, it jumps down to that image! So instead of starting at the top of the blog, it goes to where ever that document is. How do you share documents or images to your readers? Here is my blog, if you want to experience what the pain I'm going through is: http://organizedmagnolia.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi! I'm so glad that you found this post helpful and a big congrats on starting your blog! :-) Unfortunately, I actually have no clue how to share documents on the blog. It is something that I hope to learn how to do in the future. I wish I could have helped more!

      ~Sarah

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    2. Hi Sarah! I figured out how to do it. You upload the file to Google Docs, and set the share settings to public or anyone with link. Then copy the link and people can grab it! I also take a picture of the file so they can see what they are getting. Take a look here: http://organizedmagnolia.blogspot.com/2014/03/planner-preferences.html

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  8. Thank you for making a blog post of this! I am a blogger also and was wondering how people make such nice galleries for their blogs. I really appreciate that you offered this information for free.

    I'm an adoptive mom as well to three kids. I'm really looking forward to exploring your blog some more.

    Please take a look at my blog as well: inourpond.blogspot.com

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