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Changing Colours and Website Updates

Colour rules our emotions and draw us in,
and the colours we choose to surround ourselves with say a lot about us…

Lisa Shambrook website Dragon Logo with author photo
© Lisa Shambrook

The past few weeks have been all about updating. You’ve seen my new book covers, got the release dates in your diary, and now you can check out my new colour palette online!

Things change – that’s a fact of life. I’ve not always been great at embracing change, but this time is different. My books have got a publisher and a new look, and my website needed a change.

Green Website - Slate Website - thelastkrystallos - lisa shambrook
Old Green Website and New Slate Website © Lisa Shambrook

My favourite colour has always been green right from being a little girl, then it went through a teenage purple phase and back to green. I still love green, don’t get me wrong, but alongside green right now is a new favourite. A colour that’s crept into my wardrobe, flows throughout nature, and adorns the stormy sky.

I love the stormy shade of slate that the ocean rises with, the skies embrace, and it suits me too.

You’ll find the tone in bluebells, stone, water, sky, and gems. It has richness and sophistication that cools and calms, and also precipitates storm and passion.

Green Palette - Slate Palette - thelastkrystallos - lisa shambrook
Old Green Palette and New Slate Palette © Lisa Shambrook

My website looked lovely in warm olive greens, but it feels like it’s grown up a little with the enchanting tone of slate blue-grey.

It carries a hint of lilac, blue, and even the warmth of olive, but stands alone in a new clean and fresh take.

It’s dusk before the indigo night and a star-spilled sky, and it’s an emerging dawn full of hope and light.

It’s a hue that conveys emotion and imagination, and fits me well – and that’s all I could ask for.

The Surviving Hope Novels by Lisa Shambrook - Coming Soon 2018

What colours have you used online, and why?

What colours talk to you?

Updated Author logo
Updated Author Logo in 2021

Follow your Instincts…

So where has the ‘Follow’ option disappeared to on Blogger? That was my question… For several weeks now ‘Follow’ has been gone from our tool bar above our blogspot.com blogs…

It was the quickest and easiest way to follow other blogs, one click and you’re there, a new page to read, a new writer to get to know and maybe even a new friend to appreciate!

Yes, I know followers can be fickle, some click once and are gone never to be seen again, some use other media: Facebook or Twitter for example to connect to your posts, some subscribe to emails for your latest words of wisdom, and some are faithful followers who read everything you write!

I know we can copy and paste URLs in our dashboard to follow and keep track, I do that with my favourite bloggers, and some we just click ‘follow’, show our appreciation and dip into once in a while. We can go to our Blog List and see all the available posts from everyone we’ve followed, and have a major catch up session, or we can have a visible Blog List on our blog page for all to see, to use as a shortcut and to advertise our favourites. There are so many ways to keep tabs on our blogging friends!

So when I got this reply:

I was a little disappointed with Blogger… 

I don’t know about you, but even if people only visit my site once and never show up again, I still like to see their faces and know that they’ve appreciated my blog (at least at some point in their reading!). It’s even nicer when they show up regularly and actually leave comments ( nice ones, lol). Isn’t it lovely to put a face to a person? 
Now I couldn’t tell you if all my ‘followers’ are regular or if they’ve just had a pit stop on their way somewhere else, but when I follow someone I do it publicly and am quite happy for them to know that I enjoyed their page so much I wanted to bookmark it so I can come back again…and again… 
I want to be able to follow and put my face on their blog, so to speak. When I copy and paste a URL and even place their blog on my Blog List it seems that our pictures are not automatically brought to the party, and I’m still using ‘Google Friend Connect’ on blogs to link and become a visible follower. 
I’m wondering if this is a back door way for Google to big up Google+ and perhaps in the future we will have to sign up to follow through Google+? I joined Google+, but have no desire to use it, Facebook works for me, and why change or fix something that isn’t broken? 
What I don’t like is subterfuge…I like things to be out in the open, debated and decided in full view of the public! I hate things that ‘just disappear’…
So, while I still can I will join your blog and follow with ‘Google Friend Connect’ and show you that I’ve enjoyed your writing…and I want to come back…but in the future, lets hope we can still be as open and able to expand our community as we wish! 
I know some other blogging sites connect friends and followers in different ways and we have followers who can’t follow on blogspot.com easily and use other social media to connect. I realise not everyone wants to be ultra visible on social media and I respect that too, and I also understand someone techie out there might have all the answers I’ve been missing…if so let me know! 
Otherwise, feel free to follow, comment and show your lovely faces! 
‘A life lived with integrity – 
even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune 
is a shining star in whose light 
others may follow in the years to come.’ 
Denis Waitley