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And When There’s Six of Me, It’ll be Perfect

Feb
15

Change is hard! Nobody likes change. But I promise the changes here will be all good and nothing important will change. Like, I’ll still be posting every day about old-fashioned recipes, crafts, cookies for Clover, lazy chickens, and other fun stuff plus nonsense.


What has changed is that there are now six blogs here. You may not have realized that yet, so let me explain. There have actually always been two blogs on this site—the main blog and the Daily Farm Photo blog. The Daily Farm Photo has always been a separate blog. (Since time eternal. In fact, it actually used to even be on a completely separate domain.) On the main blog, I was posting in five different categories—Cooking, Crafts, Barn (animals), Garden, and Country Living. All by themselves, those are each big topics. Some of my readers are interested in all of those topics (I love you!) and others are only interested in some of them (I love you, too!).

Breaking out the main blog into separate blogs for each topic provides several benefits, including fuller access to recent posts in each topic, allowing you to read more in the topics of interest to you, and allowing me to post in more than one of those topics per day without pushing off the latest post in another.

To see better what I mean, go ahead and check out the Cooking blog now. I’ll wait!
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What you see on the Cooking blog are only cooking posts. The most recent cooking post is at the top, followed by the second most recent cooking post. Below, at the bottom, you’ll find post titles and links to the seven most recent cooking posts before that. It’s a veritable cooking headquarters! (And the Cooking archives are over here.)

The Barn blog is here. (The Barn archives are over here.)
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The Garden blog is here. (The Garden archives are over here.)

The Country Living blog is here. As in, right here. If you’re reading this post, you are on the Country Living blog. (The Country Living archives are over here.)
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The Crafts blog is here. (The Crafts archives are over here.)

And the Daily Farm Photo blog is here (where it’s always been, except for really way back when it was on a separate domain).
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From the new main page, you can access the different blogs in a couple of ways. The slide show of latest posts shows a rotating visual of the most recent post in each blog. It’s dated so you can easily pick out today’s posts. You can click on the latest post you want to read right on the slide show as it goes by, or if you want to watch the slide show all the way through just to see everything that’s on there today, you can either wait for the post to come back around to click on the one that you wish to read (you can also use the back and forward arrows on the slide show to get there faster) or you can simply click on the menu buttons in the header to go to the blog of your choice. (I’ll also be adding text links on the main page, in response to requests.) Also, if you click on “Latest Posts” at the top right corner of the slide show box, it’ll give thumbnails to choose from to go to each post. So many ways to get here! Now back to the menu buttons–

The menu buttons in the header used to go to each blog category’s archive page. They now link to the different blogs. If you click on Cooking in the header, it will take you to my cooking blog. The archives will be accessed through new archive buttons that will be ready (I hope) sometime today. See the “Be Happy” button in the top right of the sidebar? On each blog page, it will be replaced by an archive button. For example, on the Cooking blog, the archive button will say “Cooking Archives” and will take you to the cooking archives page where you can find all my past recipes indexed and sub-categorized. On the Crafts page, you’ll see a “Crafts Archives” button and it will take you to all my past posts in crafts. And so on.

I’m adding features, not taking any features away.

As a side curiosity, this website originally had a main page (as do most websites). Here is a screenshot of the main page from about three years ago.

The blog was accessed through the menu buttons on the header from the main page. This was before I relaunched this website as Chickens in the Road, at which time I changed the name of the blog, the design, and redirected the main page to the blog page. Oh my, you should have heard the people complaining back then! Somebody even told me I was stupid. But it turned out okay, I think. I hope you will find that this change turns out okay, too. Sometimes growing means having the courage to change. (Life is a bold adventure. Come with me!) I also want to give a nod to my designer and tech, Emily, who has been working on this website with me for about five years now.

The new main page will provide access to new features still in the works. The blog has always been the heart of Chickens in the Road, and will continue to be so, but there are other features I want to add and the new main page makes room for them and provides access to everything. I hope it will also help new readers orient themselves to everything that’s available here, and also remind readers that have been around for awhile about some things they may have forgotten about! It also makes many more recent posts available and accessible. Changing over to six blogs is a work in progress right now (such as not having the archive buttons available yet). I’m also planning some header work that will help you identify more clearly which blog you’re on, and as I said, I’ll be adding text links to the newest posts on each blog to the main page as well—so bear with me as I continue to fine-tune the new system. (I’m listening and taking your suggestions!)

I love having six blogs to work with now—and I hope you’ll really enjoy that, too. I will be continuing to run a new post and a Daily Farm Photo post on my usual early wee hours morning schedule so that they are here for those of you who are early birds, but I will also be able to add other posts later in the day when I have time. It will give me a chance to do all sorts of special extras. I have so many fun ideas. Before you know it, I’ll be posting on all six blogs every day!

As soon as I turn into six people. And you KNOW I’m working on a frugal, easy, step-by-step plan for that! It will include chocolate.

P.S. If you subscribe to the Chickens in the Road RSS feed, Facebook, or Twitter, you’ll always be notified of new posts (throughout the day).

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on February 15, 2010  

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  1. 2-15
    1:29
    am

    WOW!! You’ve been busy!! I like where you are going. I’ve always wanted more. Good job Suzanne. thanks for all you give.
    Laura

  2. 2-15
    2:19
    am

    Awesome, reminds me of Pioneer Woman. I like how easy to navigate her site, and it’s great to see that here too now. I can’t say that there is a category (or now, blog) of yours that I don’t like. I do LOVE the idea of you posting more than once a day though. Yay!!

  3. 2-15
    2:53
    am

    Suzanne,……..You grow girl !!… You grow !!! :hug:

  4. 2-15
    5:17
    am

    Hi Suzanne! Impressive work you’re doing around here!

    I have a blog I’d like to do this with (it’s a business related blog so I don’t post a link here). Could you tell me – was this difficult or expensive for you to implement?

  5. 2-15
    5:50
    am

    Love the change(s)!!! You are superwoman Suzanne!

    Thanks for all you do – now I have six more things to read here daily!!!

  6. 2-15
    6:08
    am

    It takes a bit of time to get used to change, but reading your blog is worth it. I really like the idea of multiple posts some days.

  7. 2-15
    6:51
    am

    :snoopy: I agree sometimes change is hard..But what a blessing your blog is to me..And its free for all to enjoy! I look forward to your blog everyday! Go Suzanne Go!!And thank you for all your hard work!!
    Granny Trace’

  8. 2-15
    6:56
    am

    I’m sleepy! I saw all the photos of you then I misread,thought you said you’d be posing everyday lol! I thought that cant be right! ahahahaha! The changes are really great!

  9. 2-15
    7:12
    am

    I am very much NOT a technical or computer geek-type person but I’ll find my may around here because I WANT to. I think everyone agrees that as long as we get our daily dose of Suzanne, we’re good. Thanks for the considerations of your loyal fans!
    Snow’s all gone in Dallas. Yea!!!

  10. 2-15
    7:24
    am

    OH MAN – you think of everything! I always said I need one of those WIFE things to make my life easier. Who thought of just making Six of yourself??? :pawprint: :pawprint: :pawprint: :pawprint: :pawprint: :pawprint:

  11. 2-15
    7:34
    am

    Thank you, Suzanne, for all your hard work. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness toward your fans. Your changes look and sound exciting. Can’t wait till all is in place. Since there are six of you, could one of you move to North Central PA? You’d make a wonderful neighbor!!! Have a great day!

  12. 2-15
    8:04
    am

    Looks great! I’m just wondering how Clover took it when you told her she doesn’t have her very own blog separate from all the other animals…….!!!

  13. 2-15
    8:05
    am

    Sounds great, looking forward to all the changes.

  14. 2-15
    8:16
    am

    Wow, just when you thought this site couldn’t get any better!!! Love what you’ve done.

  15. 2-15
    8:17
    am

    I’ll get used to it because I want to. I consider it a challenge at this point. I especially like the way I can skip ‘knitting’ and go ANYWHERE ELSE and still enjoy my daily dose. Thanks for your hard work Suzanne, It just begins my whole day out right.

  16. 2-15
    8:19
    am

    Yay!!! More than one post per day (sometimes)!!! I LOVE your blog, so anything that lets me have more is wonderful.

  17. 2-15
    8:21
    am

    Thank you all for being patient! I appreciate it. I promise I’m working on it.

  18. 2-15
    8:23
    am

    I thrive on change… if you’re not growing you’re dying. Continue to grow and prosper and we’ll still be here reading your blogs and cheering you on.

    Susan

  19. 2-15
    8:26
    am

    LOL, Billy. See, I did this just for you men, so you would never have to poke your eyes out after reading a knitting post again!!

  20. 2-15
    8:33
    am

    Six Suzannes say some super stuff, save us substantially, stir up some savory soups and show us some slide shows! Stellar!

  21. 2-15
    8:38
    am

    Everything looks great to me….guess I haven’t been around long enough to become attached to how it “was”…..looking forward to all the new goodies.

  22. 2-15
    8:41
    am

    You’ve done a ton of organizing work, but it makes it tough for those of us who just want to read the posts in chronological order. Perhaps there could be a link for that?

  23. 2-15
    8:46
    am

    Love ALL of your wonderful blogs. They warm my heart. If I’m having a bad day over silly little things, your cozy, comfort blogs calm this city gal down. Keep up the good work!!!

  24. 2-15
    9:03
    am

    Excellent, excellent, excellent!

    :lol: Six of you!? :o Could 1 52 handle that?!!??!! :lol:

    We’ll be right here with you Suzanne, watching you grow!

    And it’s FREE, what more could I ask for?????

  25. 2-15
    9:06
    am

    I really like the new layout and am looking forward to more than one post per day!

  26. 2-15
    9:16
    am

    Well…I’m dumb as a door nail when it comes to computer thingys but I CAN and WILL stumble through this and do just fine! I love reading your blog and learn something new everyday. I would not like to do without my Suzanne fix everyday!!! Thank you so much for doing this, you know we love you too!!!!!

    Deb

  27. 2-15
    9:27
    am

    LOL! Well, with six of you, you’ll need to clone Clover so you’ll have six of her as well. How else will you keep all of “you” in humble check?!?! Although, one Clover may be goat enough for the job. At least I’m sure that’s how she’d tell it! :)

  28. 2-15
    9:31
    am

    Change is difficult. But, patience is a little easier. We all love your stories and will stick by you til all the changes are made.

  29. 2-15
    9:33
    am

    Hooray for the change! Now I can add your site to my Google Reader choices, and everything comes up automatically.

    Good luck with this new format, Suzanne. And I’m glad to know I won’t miss a single witty post.

  30. 2-15
    9:40
    am

    I love your blog but, alas, this new format is too much for me. I’m afraid I am going to miss something. I know I will get used to it, but I may need to save this entire post as a tutorial until I do!

  31. 2-15
    9:48
    am

    So you are changing it to be similar to Ree’s blog…that I can understand. I was a bit confused before, but I understand where you are going and will be patient while you work out the kinks. I just didn’t want to miss any of your posts. :purpleflower:

  32. 2-15
    10:07
    am

    Personally, I prefer the chronological order, but I just changed my bookmark for the site to:
    http://chickensintheroad.com/blog/2010/
    I get my chronological order and all of the manly men get yarn free posts. Kudos for working to keep everyone happy!

  33. 2-15
    10:10
    am

    looking good Suzanne! thanks for all of your hard work here, and for putting a smile on my face each morning :heart:

  34. 2-15
    10:16
    am

    Everything looks really great and I appreciate all your hard work. Those food pictures are making me hungry and all we’ve got at work are some crummy old vending machines with who knows what in them.

  35. 2-15
    10:26
    am

    At the very least, if I’m understanding this correctly, a person can just wait and watch all the “previews” and click on the one they’re interested in, correct? I agree with those who said “I’ll figure it out because I want to”. :shimmy:

    I sure hope this blog is paying off for you Suzanne. I worry about how much work it is for you and that it won’t support you….I’m being selfish, actually, because I don’t want your blog to ever end!! :help:

  36. 2-15
    10:54
    am

    Okay, I’m happier now that I UNDERSTAND the situation a little more. Thanks for taking the time to explain it so that I think I do get it now.

    They say that no change, even a good one, is comfortable at first. But rest assured,I’ll hang in there ’cause I know it will not only become comfortable, but even better!

  37. 2-15
    11:09
    am

    Good explanation of what we can expect. You are always the first blog I read and I’m looking forward to the changes ahead. I love Clover.

  38. 2-15
    11:12
    am

    I completely understand. Until I can figure out the cloning of myself thing (and telling myself what to do) I had to minimize. I just consolidated my websites into my blog. Leaves more time for bitch’n at the chickens! :chicken:

  39. 2-15
    11:42
    am

    I know change is good but I miss reading the daily blog right up front and then looking through the other posts as needed. Hopefully not TOO much will change and the new format will become friendlier with time.

  40. 2-15
    11:44
    am

    Well if anyone can do it, you can!! I look forward to watching you evolve…

  41. 2-15
    11:47
    am

    More than two full time jobs! For sure. I give you a lot of credit for being able to put in so much time doing this. The quality of your work is a testament to all your efforts.

  42. 2-15
    11:59
    am

    I don’t know how you keep up with it all! It’s a lot of work to just manage one blog for many people & you are doing a great job with all of these. :yes:

  43. 2-15
    1:58
    pm

    I am technologically challenged, but I’m figuring this out. If I can do it, anybody can! Actually, I have found that I can maneuver
    around the website much faster now. Before it seemed to take forever for the pages to load on my computer.

  44. 2-15
    1:58
    pm

    How will this affect those of us who get blog updates via RSS? Will we need to subscribe to all of the categories we are interested in?

  45. 2-15
    2:04
    pm

    Gienah, you don’t have to make any changes to your RSS feed. :)

  46. 2-15
    2:09
    pm

    Gienah — your RSS should have pulled the new blogs in this morning when they posted. The new posts have come through mine just fine since Suzanne made the initial change! :yes: :happyflower: You’re pulling the feed from the site, not just the “blog”.

  47. 2-15
    3:26
    pm

    I’ve been reading through the archives so I’m happy to hear that archive buttons will be forthcoming :)
    It’s all looking good, Suzanne! :happyflower:

  48. 2-15
    3:27
    pm

    With all the stuff you do every day, I already thought there were 6 of you! Keep it coming because it’s all good!

  49. 2-15
    6:18
    pm

    Was a bit confused at first as i usually come here from my RSS feed on Google, I usually click on the farm photo and then on home on the top bar and it showed the new page lol. But soon figured it out lol. Like the new changes, and I’m with Gail, I find it loads much faster than before.
    keep up the good work Suzanne :)

  50. 2-15
    7:36
    pm

    Suzanne you keep getting better and better, I know your new setup will be great. Look forward to it!!! :reindeer: :reindeer:

  51. 2-15
    8:00
    pm

    OKAY! Yes, I’m loving this a lot. I am in favor of change-even if I loved what you are changing. I know you only want the best for your readers and it looks great, Suzanne. I LOVE your recipes and you have me cooking and baking again–FROM SCRATCH! So my family also thanks you. Thanks for all the great photos and inspiration. I’m thinking of fencing the yard and getting a couple of sheep. I do love sheep. I’d like to see how your sheep look with snow all over them. Got any photos of that? I’m thinking that spinning would be fun…and then knitting. Sheesh. How DID our ancestors do it all?

  52. 2-15
    8:38
    pm

    Thanks for the listing on the main page. The changes you made since yeaterday make it easy for me to find the latest post–I read them all! :snoopy:

  53. 2-15
    8:41
    pm

    Katharina wondered how our ancestors did it all.

    I wonder how Suzanne does it all!! I know that 52 helps as much as he possibly can (when he’s not at work), but there is still so very much to do.

    I get tired just thinking of all the work that they do around the farm.

    And then Suzanne also worries about us, her blog devotees.

    Thank you, Suzanne.

  54. 2-15
    9:44
    pm

    Thanks for the chronological list!

    Speaking of manly men and knitting, how about well-known football player and needlepointer Rosey Grier?

  55. 2-16
    1:06
    am

    Well, my head is spinning, but I think it will all workout. I didn’t see the header at first and I thought….oh, no! where are the chickens?!

    Don’t work too hard. We will still be here.

  56. 2-16
    10:30
    am

    Yours is the only forum I’ve joined, (well, I have a facebook that I never go on, I only joined for farmville and no longer have time to play). Point being, if I can be brave enough to work a forum, I can figure out what’s going on here. Thanks for all your hard work.

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