If you’ve arrived here via a Google search, followed a link from Twitter, sauntered in off your RSS reader or popped by from another blog, you may have noticed something new around here. There’s a big, hard to miss, green arrow with the word “Next” at the end of my posts. Click that new button and that’s when the “magic” happens. I’m not crazy about the look, but it’s something I’m beta-testing for the folks over at Gravity.
Who’s Gravity? Well, they’re internet big wigs and they’ve selected a small group of WordPress bloggers to test out this new widget. Its purpose is to engage you and get you exploring Everybody Likes Sandwiches and potentially directing you to older content you might find interesting. It’s a new way to bring some of my older posts back into rotation.
Why did I agree to this? Well, the truth is that I’ve never participated in such an exclusive beta program before, and because I’m a bit of a web design nerd, I like that my feedback might help shape this project. I admit there was some flattery involved (but they didn’t pay me or anything) but overall I’m just curious about the process involved & I like the idea of visitors stumbling further into my site.
While Gravity wants my feedback, I want yours. Did you even notice it? (And I think it’s totally okay if you didn’t). Have you played around with it? What do you like about it? Or is it just another distraction you can live without? They have told me that the look may change and might become customizable –which sounds great to me. Leave a comment & let me know.
In other news, I’ve finally put the nail in the coffin on my old Blogspot blog. There’s nothing there now but a redirect link. No longer will everybodylikessandwiches dot blogspot dot com show up in Google searches. If you do have my blog in your blog roll and haven’t updated it in ages, please give it a spring cleaning and update the Everybody Likes Sandwiches link from the old Blogspot link to this new site. I’m thanking you profusely. As David Lebovitz writes in his amazing post, checking for dead links and updating your blog roll is an important part of blog maintenance. Plus, his article is a must read for any blogger whether you’ve been around for 6 years or you’re just about to start.
And because you’re probably here for the food and the stories, I’ve got a couple of good ones to share. First, check out my post over at ReadyMade where I give my favorite college dinner staple a make-over. And at Poppytalk I share a recipe for a dead-simple chocolate cake. It’s eggless too!