Montage of cat pictures

What’s this, you say, a new look Dash Kitten? Don’t worry, it’s nothing scary, we are working towards a more ‘responsive’ layout that will welcome our iPad and ‘phone readers better. Inspired by the workbook BlogPaws® published in the run up to the 2016 conference, we are rethinking how we look.

  • TIP The BlogPaws downloadable workbook is still highly relevant today to anyone aiming to improve their web presence – check it out.

A Sneak Peek at the New Look Dash Kitten

As part of our improved presentation we asked Debbie Glovatsky at Glogirly Design for help with new blog badges. We wanted something simple, elegant and welcoming that fitted in with our current theme, and Debbie tuned into our needs perfectly. Take a look at the About Us badge that will make its appearance in our sidebar soon, it’s awesome -right?

New Look Dash Kitten
Peanut About Us badge

The newly designed Dash Kitten badges will be a real asset to our ‘look’ as they spotlight important elements for readers. Once our new blog theme is ready for the changeover, they will take pride of place in the sidebar. We have always aimed for a simple and clean aesthetic and limit our sidebar to affiliate links and blog information so the badges with be a perfect fit.

[This will be when Mum has finished reading up how to transfer us to the new theme! We have had a lot of encouragement from social media friends and hope to make the change within the next two weeks.]
New Look Dash Kitten
Founder Cat Dash Contact Us image

Thinking of a change yourself? Here are some tips to help you get the best from a designer.

  1. What are your site’s aspirations, your goals? These will help you focus on a look – Bright?  Professional?  Grungy? Serious?
  2. If you are unsure about what to ask a designer for, take time to gather images and ideas that inspire you. Organising your ideas means the designer has a starting point – this cuts down on unfocused, and possibly expensive, discussion time.
  3. Ask friends for designer recommendations.
  4. Set a budget and get a quote for your job. More designer work = more outlay of $$
  5. If you hate to ‘go it alone’ then chat with friends – they can help you focus. Give yourself permission to love or hate their suggestions in your search for the best design ideas!
New Look Dash Kitten
Miranda spotlights the Newsetter

For us the badges are an investment in our blog’s future, especially now we are home from BlogPaws and inspired by the many vendors and bloggers we met during our visit. If you want one simple graphic, or a full blog makeover your designer is there to help you!

Before you go, here’s our trailer for upcoming BlogPaws posts!

Miranda Kitten
Editor in Chief
Miranda Kitten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Lexi the Schnauzer

    July 14, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    What great information. Now you’ve got my Mom thinking about what to change on my website. She is asking herself what she usually looks for (and sometimes can’t find) on other sites and wants to be sure those are the easiest things to find on mine. He says, “Thanks!”

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    Brian Frum

    July 14, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Glogirly is so talented and we love those badges!

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    da tabbies o trout towne

    July 15, 2016 at 4:06 am

    guys…yur badges rock de houz…katie & waffles troo lee did a grate job !! ???

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      da tabbies o trout towne

      July 15, 2016 at 4:07 am

      and therz thoze ??? markz again inn sted oh heartz ~~~~~~

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    Summer

    July 15, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I bet the new blog look will be AWESOME! I like mine, and it’s responsive, but I think it could be a little more up-to-date.

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    Savannah's Paw Tracks

    July 15, 2016 at 6:57 am

    very lovely badges. look forward to seeing the refreshed look come together

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    mommakatandherbearcat

    July 15, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Great ideas, Miranda! Bear’s been thinking we need an upgrade too and your tips will get us started.

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    The Swiss Cats

    July 15, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Glogirly is so talented ! We’re looking forward to see your new design ! Purrs

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    Three Chatty Cats

    July 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    The new badges look great!

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    Sometimes Cats Herd You

    July 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Cool badges! We know that the blog update will be pawesome, because you wouldn’t have it any other way!

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    Seville at Nerissa's Life

    July 16, 2016 at 3:01 am

    This is SO exciting! Can’t wait to see the new look. Purrs, Seville.

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    Glogirly

    July 16, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Awww… thanks you guys! You are so sweet. We can’t wait to see the new look too!
    xoxo

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      Dash Kitten

      July 16, 2016 at 9:47 am

      You are a BIG part of our look Debbie * paw hugs*

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    Cathy Keisha

    July 16, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Love the badges AND the trailer. I can’t wait to see the finished design. Both you and Glogirly are so talented.

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    meowmeowmans

    July 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Awesome badges! We can hardly wait to see the new Dash Kitten!

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    Melissa & Mudpie

    July 18, 2016 at 10:24 am

    We can’t wait to see your new look! Blog makeovers are so much fun 🙂

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