Hey now, looks a little different around here!
For years now, readers would send me e mails. “Hey Bella, I don’t know how to subscribe to your blog! Where’s the icon?” Or, “Bella, I love your site and am trying to find an old post but your archives are like whoa!”
I didn’t know how to respond to those e mails, because as a blogger my skills extend but so far. It’s shameful. I know I’ve got a voice and opinions and writing skills galore, but technical abilities…not so much. And although my husband is a computer whiz, he’s also got a job of his own and as he’s reminded me a million times, IT is not the same as web design, not even close.
I felt constrained by the limitations of my tech skills but had no solution. Until a year ago, when I met Luvvie Ajayi.
From the minute I met her, she has lived up to the name of her blog – Awesomely Luvvie. She’s hilarious and intelligent, super fun to hang out with and all around awesome. We met almost exactly a year ago at Blogging While Brown here in Chicago. And now a year later she’s responsible for the whole new look I’ve got here, and this week we’re about to embark on an epic Amtrak journey from Chicago to Washington for the third Blogging While Brown, where we’re both featured speakers on different panels! What a difference a day made!
We’re celebrating our friendaversary on the road. And in Washington DC you can party with us at the Red Pump Project’s Say Red DC event!
I thought it only appropriate to post an interview with Luvvie, to kick off the new look. And to share with you the everything that is AweLuv Inc!
Me : What would you describe your design aesthetic as, Luvvie?
Luvvie: Hmm… I like clean designs that still have a bit of personality. Very little clutter but also not minimalist.
Me : How would you describe what you do? Are you a web designer? An online guru?
Luvvie: I’m not a web designer because it’s not the only thing I do. I just think there are so many awesome writers/bloggers/people out there whose web spaces do them no justice. Am I an online guru? I’m an addict who knows a lot about the web. Does that count as a guru?
Me: IDK. How would you describe what you do then? I don’t know what terminology to use.
Luvvie: Hmm… I like to think i make folks’ eLives awesome. Since I’m a Jill of all eTrades, my business card (well, 1 of them) says “Social Media Consultant.” Guru does sound cooler though.
Me: That it does. When you were redesigning my site, what was your goal?
Luvvie: To create a site for you that’s as awesome as you are. If content is king, well you’re one of the rulers of the blogosphere. I wanted people to come to Afrobella.com and feel like they just stepped into an eHome. I wanted it to be warm, interactive and just pleasant.
I think she’s done all that and then some. We worked hard to keep the vibe Afrobella has visually had since 2006, but hopefully now you’ll find the features you need more easily. Please share your opinion in the comments! I hope you like the new look of Afrobella as much as we do!
Luvvie’s note: Still making some tweaks here and there. So bear with us as I vacuum the place of any dust left over. If you come across any errors or bugs, let us know.