The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

A Few Changes

As I am sure you have all realised, I have made a few changes to this blog. I have gone for a template that allows me to post bigger photos.I have also toyed with the idea of changing the name to Snapshots and Scribbles because it seems that a lot of my posts are inspired by the photos that I take – although I do take photos to complement my writing too. However, I thought that my blog name was still apt since every picture tells a story anyway.

Stories and Scribbles turned two on January 12 but my blog anniversary slipped by without too much fuss from my end due to some issues that I was dealing with – nothing too major but still upsetting at the time. Coming fast on the heels of Christmas and all the magic it brings with it, January may seem drab at times and this year it felt even more so.

But I digress. This blog has started on its third year and I hope that I have learnt enough about blogging to carry out some improvements to the layout and content and so on. I am not too pleased with my current template because it has a grey shadow underlying everything that I cannot get rid of. So you will probably see a few more changes going on until I am totally satisfied. Please excuse the work in progress. Having said all that, if any of you have any hints on how to increase traffic, I would love to hear them.

And for those of you longing for some colour to brighten up their winter days, here is some loveliness I captured on a walk through the ancient town of Rabat on a mild Sunday afternoon in mid-January.

St Agatha & Hal-Bajjada (51)-1


  1. Hi Loree..congrats..and yay your new blog is looking great! I am in the process of changing mine too..every since my old blog layout was ever since i have been trying out new things! Whatever changes you make..shine on..I am sure they will be magical! I dont know much about blog traffic..but i do know participating in weekly photo memes here and there can be such fun and connects you with more like minded bloggers. Best wishes in all you do!
    HUgs and sparkles

  2. I love the new look. I've been adding colors to my blog too. I can't wait for spring. It's another snow day for me. I'm dreaming of warmer days.

  3. Hi Loree!
    Congrats on the changes, yes we all need a change every now and then and so do our blogs. As for increasing traffic to your blog, I get alot of traffic because I post free printables and so there are search engines that look for freebies and so they advertise my blog on their sites. In your case , since you love photography you can join in the many Photo Challenges on the net, this will give you visibility.
    Good Luck!

  4. I like the new layout.... :)

  5. Loree it is me again, just wanted to point out this blog , she's organising a challenge and I will be joining too.


  6. The changes are fun and what a gorgeous tropical-looking flower to see in winter!

  7. I went through a period of changing templates and layouts, from fancy and intricate to plain and simple, gave up and settled somewhere in between. To increase traffic, I guess the more blogs one follows the more followers one might attract.

  8. congratulations on your anniversary!! blogging, like anything, seems to be about learning. i've only done it for almost a year, but it's an amazing experience to be able to connect with people on a whole new level. blessings to you as you set out for a whole new year.

    p.s. i love your new look -- the wider margins are nice for images ;-)

  9. Oh, Loree, the journey of your blog should be as lovely and satisfying as the beautiful walks and pictures you take. I'm not one on numbers advice, but I'm totally into the passion of it. Enjoy, dear one and looking forward to more of what you create ~ xox Alexandra

  10. Congratulations to both your new blog dress and the blogaversary !
    I blog now since 2006 and absolutely love it ! I have learned so much about other people's life and other countries and continents for me as a retired person it's a wonderful hobby !

  11. happy 2 years! and i think your blog is looking good! i love the changes. :)

  12. I would like to thank you all for your suggestions and comments. Blogging is fun no matter how much traffic I get :)

  13. Congratulation for your two years of the blog ! It is important to evolve his page, and attention to detail ... I noticed your skin has changed my last visit, and I like the design and readability ... Very well done ! :))


  14. I think the changes are lovely! Your photos are always lovely. I'm glad you're going for bigger ones.

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary too! I'm not sure when mine is anymore. I should probably go look it up. I had several false starts, so I'm not sure.

    The only thing I can think of to increase readership is to get out and look for new blogs. People tend to follow you when you follow them. Of course, doing that takes up a lot of time.

    Keep up the great work! I love your blog!


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