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A New Book, A New Look for Beth’s Blog!

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The New Beth's Blog

The Old Beth's Blog

My blog was way over do for a fresh and new look!  I thought the launch of my new book would be the perfect time to make a few changes!

In May, 2010.   I moved from my old typepad blog to a word press blog that was designed to match the cover colors of my book, The Networked Nonprofit, co-authored with Alison Fine.   Today,  I’m unveiling a new look featuring the green and blue that is on the cover of my soon be launched next book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” co-authored with KD Paine.    The site sports a cleaner design, a new author photo, a responsive web design plugin so the site is readable on mobiles and tablets, and I’ve migrated off Feedburner for my RSS subscription management to FeedBlitz.

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For you, my readers, these changes should be seamless and make for a better reading experience, especially for those you with email subscriptions because I will finally be able to put the blog post title in the subject line (yeah!).    For those of you who read the blog via an RSS feed, you will receive a forwarding notice resubscribe at the new feed address here.      I have to thank Phil Hollows who is founder and CEO of Feedblitz – who responded to my panic call in the middle of the transition.  He calmly held my hand through the process!

The big learning for me is to make sure that if you use an RSS service that you point the feed to your domain – that way you can easily move your RSS subscribers without disruption and that way you control your RSS subscribers not the service.

Responsive Web Design

I have been monitoring my mobile traffic numbers for the past few years – and now about 20% of my audience reads my blog through a mobile interface, either tablet or smartphone.   I have also gotten many emails from readers complaining that my blog did not look good on this mobile device or that mobile device.  So, that’s why I opted to invest in the programming time for responsive design.  What that means is that my blog is now smart enough to figure out what type of browser you’re using to read and then serve it up in a format that looks good on your device.

Kudos to Rad Campaign and their team for coming up with a great new look for my blog.  They also designed the web site for my book which will launch shortly, so stay tuned.

The Book Is Available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon!  I hope you will buy a copy!    There are many reasons for that!   First, it is my sincere hope that the ideas in the book, once in practice will make nonprofits more effective in networking by knowing how to measure their results.  I also hope to encourage our sector to talk about learning from failure.

The second reason is personal.  Like I did for my first book, my royalties will be donated to the Sharing Foundation to support their education program that helps young Cambodians go to college.   The money will help to support Keo Savon, a young Cambodian who is a civil engineering major in her second year at the University and that I have made a commitment to support.

Thank you as always for your continued support!  What do you think of the new look?

16 Responses

  1. Woo hoo! Beth, the blog makeover looks fantastic and I can’t wait to read it on a mobile device. I am heading over to order the new book right now! Can’t wait to read it and learn more from you on measurement.

    Now I just have to figure out how to give you a virtual housewarming (blog warming?) gift.

  2. Beth says:

    Love it!! Kick the tires on your mobile devices – and let me know how it works … we did a lot of testing on different screens and browsers …

  3. It looks great! Both on my PC and mobile

  4. Beth says:

    Ma’yan and thank you for taking all those screenshots. I’m going to do a follow up piece with more about what I learned from the process..

  5. Stephanie Rudat says:

    I love this! Soo excited for you!!!!

  6. Vinod Kamath says:

    Loving the new design, definitely looks a lot sleeker. I’m excited to try it on my tablet at home, should make for browsing your blog from the couch much easier.

  7. Beth says:

    Vinod: Thank you – send me a screen capture via twitter @kanter or post on my FB Page – http://www.facebook.com/beth.kanter.blog

  8. Beth says:

    Stephanie – thanks for all your help!!

  9. AJ says:

    Congrats on the redesign! Looks great and I’m sure the programming time will be a sound investment :)

  10. Congrats on the redesign Beth! Lookin’ good. And thank you for helping get the word out about the free event at Fordham Law School on Thursday about nonprofit legal needs. All the best, Lesley Rosenthal, Author, Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits

  11. Beth Kanter says:

    AJ, thanks so much for your kind words – thought it might be a good investment. And, Good Counsel Books – please tell Lesley I love her work!! Happy to help.

  12. Shane says:

    Terrific job Beth, and I love that it works exceptionally well on my smart phone… well done.

  13. Kia ora Beth
    Gosh – this shows how something as simple as changing the colour of the social media icons can improve the experience for me as a reader. Your new design is most restful which makes me want to actually read!! I hope you won’t mind if I still use readibility though.

  14. Victor says:

    Beth,

    I’m lovin’ the new website design! And it works great on my phone (very smooth and clean). I’m looking forward to getting your new book.

  15. Beth: Thanks for explaining some of your considerations. I was particularly interested in your move to Feedblitz. This is the second post I’ve read today that commented on migrating their feed to Feedblitz.

    As for the design, I love the way you’ve completely overhauled your site without throwing away the visual cues people have come to expect on your site. (Like your picture. LOVE the red hat!)

  16. Beth says:

    Stephen Blyth: I was trying to simplify … although I had a hard time doing the less is more with the sharing widgets. Hoping I can get to NZ next May from ConnectingUP. Would love to connect.

    Victor: I’m glad it works with your iphone. I decided to invest in getting responsive web programming.

    Marc: I upgraded the author photo .. color and professional photographer who was at NTEN this past year. Also, I had a long time mess with my feed over at feedburner and really need to do something. I was a like a deer in the highlights for too long. It was a bit more cumbersome than I had hoped because it was the first migration for some – and the documentation was all up to date. But the CEO of Feedblitz was responsive and quickly returned my calls and spent the time to walk me through it. He was NOT condescending — you know the arrogant techie that makes you feel stupid because they didn’t explain everyone … he was great.

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