Out With The Old; In With The New

This coming Thursday marks three solid years of my internet presence, and I’ve come such a long way during that time for so many different reasons. Though I’ll touch on the time I’ve had when Thursday comes around, I thought I’d try and actually do something to celebrate my bloggiversary this year – not just a soppy post I write every January. This year, I really wanted to try and upgrade both this blog and Shaun’s Musical Musings and to do that, I needed to rebrand in more ways than one (if you’re reading this blog post on desktop then you will definitely get the best effect when it comes to the visual changes).

As you can see, ‘Shaunyland’ is no more. I mentioned a while ago that that name stemmed from the YouTube channel I had around four years ago called ‘ShaunyInWonderland’, but I was 12 at the time and that was a name that suited then. I adopted Shaunyland as the name for my blogging environment a year later and it had stuck since. I’m almost 17 now and with my writing spanning wider across the internet with SMM growing on the daily and my work being published on LondonTheatreDirect‘s website very regularly, I thought it was time to smarten up. Now; this blog is simply called ‘Shaun Nolan’ and I couldn’t be happier about it. It sounds silly but I didn’t even realise that my own name was the tool I was looking for – a name that didn’t in any way shout what ‘kind’ of blogger I am; I’m not a beauty blogger or a fashion blogger or an essay writer. On this website, I’m just Shaun, plain and simple.

I hope you can all appreciate the immense amount of work that I’ve put into relaunching my two blogs over the past few days. I started with two very basic blogger theme kits and I’ve genuinely spent the better part of 24 hours HTML coding it to death to get exactly what I want and I love it. If you remember my blogs from before, you’ll agree that they weren’t ugly, but nor were they anything special. Now I have a wonderful new ‘carousel’ at the top of this blog’s homepage, as a way of easily selecting the best of what I’ve blogged about recently, as well as ‘Continue Reading’ options on every blog post on the homepage as a way of tidying up the overall look. If you look to the top of the page, you can see the tabs are now situated up there as a way of making navigation around the blog even easier; and the search bar in the top right hand corner works so smoothly that I can’t believe I never thought of adding one before. As well as that, you can see that the tags are once again back in use and you can access a full list of them at any time on the sidebar on the homepage – you’ll also see that you can pin any images you see to Pinterest by simply hovering over an image and pressing ‘Pin It!’, and sharing buttons are littered everywhere if you wish to share posts with friends.

As for Shaun’s Musical Musings, you’ll be able to see a very similar tabs bar at the top, which will also make navigation around that site much more simple, too. There are also tags now in use on that site as well, so feel free to click on them to discover more, in addition to using the sharing icons that are also over on there. As well as this, I’ve reinvented @smusicalmusings on Twitter with the hope of using that much more in 2016 as a way of sharing my love for theatre on a much more regular basis, so fell free to follow me over on there, too. Of course, my YouTube name has also changed from ‘Shaunyland’ to ‘Shaun Nolan’ with a few switcheroos of headers and stuff here there and everywhere to keep in with the theme. And for those who use Bloglovin’: if you already followed ‘Shaunyland’, you’ll automatically by following ‘Shaun Nolan’ instead. As well as all of this, the ‘blogspot’ will be being dropped from both of my blog URLs in about a fortnight’s time so keep an eye out on Twitter for when that occurs.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m so excited for 2016 and my third year of blogging. I finally feel like I’m getting into the proper swing of things once and for all, and I look forward to everything it has in store.

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