If you’re a regular around here, you may have noticed a few changes lately. The blog got a mini-makeover this week! I took a big step this time and actually hired a website designer to do some of the work. We beautified the search box, gave the navigation bar a simple hover effect, added a cute little comment bubble below each post & switched over to Disqus, which will hopefully make commenting easier! Each category page now has the most popular posts smack-dab at the top and, what might be the most exciting, we added a recipe gallery. At last, neat & tidy collections of the blog’s yummy recipes all in one spot.
And, since we’re talking changes, I want to get your thoughts on something. Something big.
Let me backtrack a little.
What you probably don’t know is before I ever considered becoming a Registered Dietitian, I had my heart set on going back to school for design. I enrolled in a drawing class, took sewing lessons and began to build myself a portfolio. Sure, looking back it was a total quarter-life crisis, but at that point I had yet to find something that inspired me every day. Design seemed to be it.
And then I found nutrition, or rather, nutrition found me. I traded my charcoal pencils in for a molecular model kit and suffered through General, Organic and Biochemistry. Before I knew it I was starting my Master’s at UNC. Quarter-life crisis averted.
I started this blog during my first semester of grad school as a creative outlet -to combine my passion for nutrition and healthy living with my inner designer, my love for food, writing and photography.
Obviously since then, the blog’s evolved. It’s grown and so have I. I’ve steered away from posting photos of every sweaty workout and every morsel of food I put in my mouth. I began incorporating other things that excite me as well. Like fashion. Home decor. Blog design. Beauty. Life.
Which brings me back to that thing I want to pick your brain about. For the past six months or so I’ve been contemplating a blog rebranding. As in this exact blog only with a new name and a different home on the web.
Nutrition is a huge part of my life, something I will never tire of writing, or talking about for that matter but I envision my blog being as much about lifestyle as it is health, not just my healthy lifestyle. To add to this, I just got married and found my dream job. I can’t help but think how those major life changes will influence me and furthermore, this little blog.
If I rebrand, which will undoubtedly require a ton of time and more than a few headaches, choosing a name will certainly be the toughest part. As of now, I’m contemplating According to Elle or my new, married name, Elle Penner.
I’d love to hear your thoughts -to rebrand or not, name ideas and for you bloggers, if you’ve ever considered or gone through with rebranding as well!