Since I’m in the mood for spring cleaning, I’ve decided to declutter FiestaFriday.net as well.
This blog was starting to look tired after a long period of neglect. Just like in a home, it’s amazing how much junk you’ll end up on your blog if you let it accumulate uncontrollably.
While dusting the old blog, however, I was locked out of my own dashboard a couple of times, yikes!
It was a mystery to me why it happened, but most likely it was my own fault. I must have done something wrong. This is why sometimes it’s best to leave these things to the pros. But if you don’t try to attempt doing things on your own, you’d never learn, as they say.
The other mystery is the like button. I didn’t completely disable it on all posts and pages, just on the home page, but apparently it also completely disappeared on individual posts as well. Anybody knows why?
You can still like a post from the WordPress reader, however. If you do like the post, that is.
And then I also turned on the recipe rating system. I actually never turned it off, but I didn’t have the chance to figure out why it didn’t show up. Well, I did figure it out finally, and so now the rating is there. Feel free to give me your honest ratings.
So, anyway, things are still in the works, and there will be more changes I’m sure. A blog is forever evolving, isn’t it? In the meantime, I hope it’s starting to look fresher around here. Let me know what you think, and be honest!
In other news, is anybody as shocked as I am that it’s now April?! What happened to January, February, and March?! So many mysteries!
Is it because it’s Friday the 13th? Meh..at least it’s Friday, could be worse!
Favorite recipes from last week’s fiesta:
“How can you not love a cake with banana, pineapple and pecans? Top it with cream cheese icing and spring flowers?? I know that every fork full would be a celebration of spring! Heavenly!” — Julianna
“I do love dosas and Anjana’s post had me almost convinced I could do this myself! In fact, I have already started using sesame oil to treat my cast iron pan so it will be perfectly prepared for when the time comes to – yes! – make my first dosa!” — Ginger
“I don’t own an Instant Pot, but looking at this post made me feel like running out to buy one! What a flavorful recipe with so many layers of complex flavors. And there are so many ways to eat the beef afterward. Wow!” — Julianna
“A lovely idea for a snack – I do love chorizo and I love nachos!” — Ginger
Now, let’s party! Join Fiesta Friday #219 by adding your link. Don’t forget to link your post to FiestaFriday.net and the co-hosts’ blogs, so we can feature you. Your solo cohost this week is Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook. Help her out, please!
If you’re new to Fiesta Friday, please read the guidelines.
If you’re interested in becoming a cohost, please leave me a message.
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Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook says
Whoa!!! I love the new look of your blog – happy and pineapples!! You did a great job, Angie! Now, time for co-hosting duties! ? Thanks for this opportunity again and I am just a message away if you need me. Happy Fiesta Friday and have a wonderful weekend! ?
Thanks so much, Jhuls. I’m not completely satisfied, so I’m sure I’ll be tweaking whenever I have time. I’m surprised how much I enjoy learning the technical side! Didn’t know that about myself 😀 Thanks for coshosting darlin!
Funny enough, I’ve had to figure out tech stuff for the new travel blog – I changed my permalinks and then couldn’t access any of my posts lol… I eventually figured it out but oh man was it frustrating (plus I felt like a dinosaur lol). Glad you figured some of your stuff out and I love how clean things look on your site!
Oh did you have to do a site redirect after changing your permalink? And what new travel blog? We haven’t been introduced. Anyway, there are a few things I’m still unsure about the new look. Either I’ll get used to it or I’ll have to figure out more tech stuff.
Lily Ernst says
Hey Angie, I’m loving the new look! It’s clean, it’s sleek and modern. Not that the old site looked bad, but change is good to freshen things up. Also, thanks for the feature! Hugs:)
Thanks, Lily! I think it does look better than the old one, that’s for sure, it’s an excellent theme. I’m just not done yet making changes. Your cake is too pretty not to feature!
Monika Dabrowski says
Hi Angie, you’ve done a good job with the blog makeover, sorry I can’t help with the technical issues, have had loads of them myself lately, including my blog being down for 5 hours yesterday:( it’s ok now but I panic when these things happen.
Thanks so much! I was wondering what happened to your blog. Every time I tried to open your link I kept getting a notification that the certificate wasn’t found ??? Now I know why. That must have been tough. I still have a few issues with the current layout but once they’re all taken care of, I’ll share my experience with you guys.
Loving the blog changes, Angie!! It’s looking fresh and clean! And the pineapple background is so fun! 🙂
Thanks so much, Abbey! Still a few more tweaks but hopefully everything will be smoothed out eventually ?
I love the new layout! Those “clean up” things are always the things I procrastinate doing the longest lol.
I started when I was on spring break a few weeks ago since I had lots of free time. We didn’t travel anywhere this year. I’m glad, otherwise I would have put it off, too. I’m a professional procrastinator myself!
Your new look is great! You make me want to have a look at it myself. However I would most likely delete the whole blog and it would be never to be found again!
Time is just running by crazy fast, we even had the odd warm day, it must be summer around the corner 🙂 xx
No, you won’t break the blog, trust me ? Go for it, Petra. You have such great ideas you need to reach more people! If you need help with anything, just let me know.
frugal hausfrau says
You goin’ large, girl! This is one of my next steps. I’m a little afraid! Thanks for featuring my IP Korean Beef! I just want to eat that ALL the time!! And those Dosas! They suddenly look like something I could do, although mine might not look like that!! And I would not say no to that cake or nachos!!
Angie I’ll host next week if you’re not filled up, or any week you want to put me down for!
You’re it for next week, thanks so much! Jhuls might want to stick around, too. Mollie, you should really go for it. Believe it or not, the longer you wait, the harder it’ll be because your file will be so large. I hope that’s enough motivation for you ? I’m here to support and help. You can ask me anything!
frugal hausfrau says
Thanks Angie! I have around 1300 posts and tons of pics. I can’t imagine!!
Of Goats and Greens says
Love your new blog look!
I’ll note that most folk aren’t going to want to make my recipe this week as it is a bit nose-to-tail for many, but it tasted great (my thoughts, and it is food I grew up with…).
I can co-host sometime in May – by the third week. I have a bundle of guests arriving for Cinco de Mayo, and I want to recover the following week.
Oh I think many would appreciate the nose to tail approach; it’s actually become a movement now. Thanks for the Cinco de mayo reminder ?I’d better be making something, it’s a fiesta blog! How does May 18 sound?
Of Goats and Greens says
May 18th sounds great to me!
Okey doke, you’re it for May 18. Thanks!
Jas - All that's Jas says
Thanks for hosting. Hope you have a relaxing weekend.
Thanks for joining, Jas, and for being a fantastic person, period ?
Ah, the new design looks awesome!! Love the pineapple wallpaper!
Thanks, Jan! Still not completely done but getting there ?
Elaine @ foodbod says
The blog looks great, as do all of last week’s picks! Spring is definitely in the air…and on the blog! ???
Thanks, Elaine. Still has to edit the header, layout on iPad/iPhone etc. Let me know please if you see anything unusual. I already found it looks different on android phones.
Kat (The Baking Explorer) says
Loving the new look!!
Thanks so much! There are still adjustments to be made for mobile devices but getting there, slowly…?
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
Thanks Jhuls for telling me about this party!! Thanks for hosting – following now and linking back!
Thanks, Helen, welcome to the fiesta! I’ll mosey over to your site now?
I adore the new look of your blog; all colorful, springy and feast for my eyes 🙂 I have been away too long from all of you (travelling, visits etc.) and so eager to join the party again!
Loved all the features, especially the dosas from Anjali; my favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner craving!
As far as my blog is concerned, everyday is a learning process! Long way to go still 🙂
Thanks so much for hosting and of course a big thanks to Jhuls too!
Thanks, Vanitha! Welcome back! You must tell us about your travels, and what you ate during. We’re very nosy about food that people eat 😀 Yes, the blog is a work in progress and there is always something new to learn 🙂