It feels good to be in a new year, doesn’t it? Clean slates, fresh starts, resets – all of that. In that spirit, I’ve been plotting a refresh of this site which, frankly, languished a bit in 2015. This year you’ll see updated design, a new name, and more diverse content when you stop by.
You may have already noticed that the site looks different. The original design dated to 2012, so a fresh look and feel was long overdue. The new design is very simple with a visual layout and, I hope, easier readability. It should also be easier to navigate: ten categories were whittled down to four — Travel, Culture, Design, & Lifestyle— and these can be further navigated using Tags, which are listed at the bottom of every page on the site, as well as in the posts themselves. Just click on a Tag and all related posts will appear.
After a month of fine-tuning, the design seems to be working well, but please do let me know if you encounter any bugs or difficulties when you visit.
This is a big one — the name of the site will be changing in the next few weeks. When I started the site, my goal was to create a portfolio site for my professional writing. But as the site grew, it has become more a destination for arts and design aficionados, who visit for a window into cultural topics, not necessarily to hire a writer.
So this year the site will take on its own identity as: A Fine Prospect. The idea behind AFP is that the view from wherever you are is a fine and interesting one, almost always worth exploring further. This is the perspective I’ve taken from the start with the blog, and now it will have a name to match.
With the new name comes a broader view. Somehow the site defaulted into mostly exhibition reviews, and while I love visiting art shows, there are other topics I want to explore. Look for posts not only about art, but also about design, books, and travel. AFP is road tripping to Savannah, GA, next month so you may see posts about museums, hotels, and barbecue. Who knows? We’ll mix it up, try things out, and see what works.
I am excited to share this year’s adventures with you, and look forward to hearing about yours, too.
Here’s to 2016!