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There are a whole lot of you guys who have only started reading this year so I thought it would be a good time to let you know about my monthly newsletter. Firstly welcome and thank you for reading!
I get a lot of requests for being able to download my tutorials in their full format so you can stick it on an ipad or whatever and have it with you when you’re actually doing the craft. I’m currently going through my back- catalogue of like 600+ tutorials to format them in an easily downloadable way. To access the ones I’ve done so far all you need to do is sign up to my newsletter and you will be emailed a big long list of them!
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Screen Shot 2014 11 05 at 12.15.14 pm 300x134 Join The VLBSo what’s the VLB? Well it’s basically a monthly mail out from me with ideas on how to spend the next month. I’m hoping each issue inspires you to do something fun! There are heaps of craft tutorials from around the web included for you to try out, fun videos, the downloadable tutorials, interesting new blogs to follow, coupon codes for the Bergamot store etc.

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If you’re already subscribed, I would love to know what else you would like to see in the VLB so just leave me a comment!

I’m currently planning out the kind of things to include this coming year which is really fun. I think I really enjoy the planning stages of things rather than the doing part hahaha!

Anyway hope you are all having a lovely week!

Site Updates and News

So it’s been a really, really, really long time since I did a round up of the site updates I do behind the scenes but I finally have a minute to sit down and breath so I wanted to put one together!

Design:

  • Changed theme and recoded the entire thing.
  • Remade responsive design to work on tablet and mobile devices.
  • Removed left side bar
  • Made top navigation sticky.
  • Removed a bunch of right sidebar widgets
  • Removed social media buttons. Will be looking to reintegrate them once I find a design which isn’t a drain on resources.

Pages:

  • Deleted a whole heap of pages which weren’t needed anymore.
  • Updated About, FAQ, The VLB, Categories, Shop, Hire, Contact, Editorial Policies.
  • Tutorial page totally reworked.
    The layout of the tutorial pages had been a problem for quite some time. There is still a lot of work in sorting which needs to be done but this is a decent start. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or if there’s a particular way you want to be able to organise things?

Navigation:

  • Menu structure updated
  • Category pages actually work now, yay!
  • Archive pages work
  • Fixed the page numbers for easy browsing

Subscription:

  • Added better support for bloglovin.
  • Changed the email subscriptions from Feedburner to Mail Chimp
    This was another decision that took some thought, Feedburner has been rumoured to be ending soon and I didn’t want to wait until the last minute to switch. I really prefer the look of the Mail Chimp emails too. To import the current subscriptions I had to remove everyone who hadn’t completely the double opt in. If you have stopped receiving emails please just sign up again in the sidebar!

Comments:

  • Installed Disqus.
    There was a lot of debate over whether I should do this on Facebook/via email. People have very strong feelings about Disqus and so I didn’t really want to install it. The problem I had was server load, there are over 20,000 comments on my site and calling them from the WordPress database is VERY labour intensive from the point of view of the server and I can’t afford to bump up my plan which is already quite pricey. So the choice was getting to be Disqus vs no comments rather than Disqus vs regular comments. Hopefully this will work for the moment until we can find a better solution later.

Advertisements:

  • Removed Glam ads because they were a nuisance for people and their ad system kept applying features that I had specifically asked to not be a part of.
  • Added PassionFruit ad serving system so I can manage things myself. Still finalising the sizing.
  • Signed as a blogger to The Remarkables Group for sponsored content.
  • Added BlogHer advertising system for a trial period. Please let me know your experiences and thoughts on this in the comments!

Still to do:

  • Confirm mobile sites work on all devices
  • Fix sidebars on mobile devices
  • Make series of posts
  • Make sure each post has the correct thumbnail, particularly in the tutorial section
  • Add extra navigation to find tutorials eg. crochet, sewing, knitting, etc
  • Add social media buttons back in.
  • Remove gallery links, still considering this as I’m not happy with the gallery in it’s current form.
  • Change theme and update Bergamot Bunny site
  • Change theme and update Violet’s Cuties/tumblr site
  • Consolidate all of the FAQ’s I’ve done and add resources page

As always, let me know what you think! If you ever find anything which isn’t working, please let me know about it! This site has grown so big that I can’t keep track of everything all at once so I rely a bit on people telling me if something is not working correctly!

I’m planning some changes to the way that I make videos and blog this coming year as well. It seems a nice sense of symmetry to just finish off the year and start fresh with the different things I want to do in the new year. I’ll post properly about that all in January then!

So basically… good things to come ^_^

Thank you all for sticking with me so far, I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next!

Win $150 Westfield Voucher- Australian Reader Survey

Morning! I hope you had an awesome weekend ^_^

As you guys know, I have recently joined a new agency and they were hoping to get some information about you guys to make sure the campaigns they pitch to me are actually relevant and interesting to you all. It’s been forever since I did a proper reader survey so I figured why not!

The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and as a thank you, they will be sending a $150 Westfield Voucher to a random reader who submits (make sure you put in a valid email if you want to be in the running for it).

Unfortunately this time they can only send the voucher to Australian addresses (feel free to fill it out anyway!) but I’m working on a big competition which will be open internationally soon!

You can fill it out below or click here. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to help and good luck!

Violet’s Big FAQ Update

It’s been quite a while since I updated my FAQ and while I was taking care of some maintenance I figured it would be a good idea to post it up here as well because I know a lot of people don’t make it to that page. If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I’ll add them here too!

About Violet…

Violet LeBeaux Sidebar Violets Big FAQ Update

Where do you live?

Melbourne Australia.

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Bergamot Bunny Shop Update!

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Just a little note to let you guys know what’s going on with my shop!

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Happy New Year, Long Time No See!

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So I’ve been on a bit of an unplanned extended break. It was due to a combination of unexpected real life events, which meant I just couldn’t keep up with things online :(

But new year, new start and even though I don’t generally do resolutions I’ve been working really hard in the first two weeks of this year to make sure I have a whole lot of fun tutorials built up so that if something like this happens again it won’t matter so much. I think if I work extra hard now I’ll be able to have a bit more control over my life which would be awesome!

The schedule I’m working to this year is going to be a little different too, I’m still working to get videos filmed and edited but my aim is to have a weekly plan of:

Monday: Blog post tutorial
Tuesday: Video quick tip
Wednesday: Blog post tutorial
Thursday: Video tutorial
Friday: Blog post tutorial
Saturday: Blog post snapshots
Sunday: Run down of the week’s vlogs

The blog posts are starting again on this schedule starting today and my aim is to build up some videos to start posting them by the beginning of February.

So that’s about it, just wanted to say thank you so much for an amazing 2013, 2014 is going to totally kick it’s butt with awesomeness!!

 

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