Well, things certainly look a bit different around here!
If you’re reading this in your email then I suggest you check out The Start of Happiness online now to see our brand spanking new design!
Check it out: www.startofhappiness.com
Yes, we’ve had a major facelift So, welcome to The Start of Happiness v2.0!
There’s also a couple of other exciting things that are changing around here and I want to tell you all about them.
It all starts now!
Introducing The Start of Happiness v2.0
As you know, The Start of Happiness has been up and running now for 1 year and to celebrate this occasion I figured it was time to refresh the site and refresh the branding to take it to the next level.
Although I absolutely LOVED the old design (and I know many of you did too) there were a few things that led me to want to make a change. These were:
1) Lack of a logo
2) Colour scheme getting stale
3) Design feeling ‘crowded’
4) Design feeling ‘immature’
5) HTML5 was recently released (website coding)
6) WordPress 3.6 was recently released (blogging platform)
7) Genesis 2.0 was recently released (my blogging framework)
With a list this long it’s no doubt that I would want to change! The great thing is, a lot of the technological side of it has all happened in the past couple of months which has made upgrading now seem like the perfect time to do so.
I want to quickly touch on the 3 main reasons I decided to make the change as I’d love to also hear your thoughts.
To me, the old design was a bit immature and the colouring was a little stale. Although the ‘smileys’ and the colours made it seem like a very fun site, I feel it took away from the actual content of the site and this is something I want to put more focus on – ie providing more and better value to you.
For reminiscing sake, here’s a screenshot of what our beloved community used to look like.. a special edition during Christmas 2012:
The old design was also cluttered making it hard to navigate. A core focus on my new design has been on trying to make it as simple as possible, almost taking on a minimalistic approach. I LOVE minimalistic design but I know this is not for everyone so hopefully you find it’s a nice balance.
The Start of Happiness has also never really had a logo. We’ve had a header but it’s not something that you could easily replicate elsewhere. The key branding of The Start of Happiness has been the smiley men.
I’ve kept the smiley man present but not as prominent as he used to be.
Again, I’ve taken on a very minimalistic approach when it comes to the new logo design.
What are your thoughts on the design? Comments? Suggestions? Jokes? Abuse?
Did you know that 25% of all visitors to The Start of Happiness use mobile technology? This might be your mobile phone or your tablet.
Previously, the old design did not cater for those viewing the site on mobile. Now, the site is fully optimised for mobile technology so you can stay up-to-date easily and readily on any device you choose.
Seriously, try it out now! Check out The Start of Happiness on your mobile device and let me know your thoughts!
3) Passion to Profit
Another big reason for the change is that I want to add on a new element to The Start of Happiness.
For the past year I (and our guest bloggers) have been talking purely on the topic of Personal Development and Happiness. Something that’s been on my mind for quite a while now is that I know people are looking to do more of what they love. How do you get to do more of what you love? You turn what you love doing into a profitable business.
That’s what I want to start talking more about. How can I help you to start turning your passion into profit. Wouldn’t you just love to earn an extra $100 a month? $1000 a month? $5000 a month?
If you remember the last survey I did way back at the end of last year, we found that more than 75% of you indicated a 6 or below (out of 10) for being able to regularly live out your passions. That’s crazy! I want to change this!
This is not to say that this is all I’ll be talking about.. quite the contrary. It’s a perfect extension of being happy and living to your full potential. If you can get paid to do what you love, then you’re well on your way to living a pretty incredible life!
I’d love to be able to help you get paid to do what you love.
Guest Posting is Open!
I’ve also had a large increase in others wanting to know whether they can guest post for The Start of Happiness. So rather than reply to everyone individually, I’m officially opening up The Start of Happiness to guest posts where you can submit your contributions for review!
The Start of Happiness is a place for community. It’s a place where anyone, from anywhere in the world can share their insights, knowledge or stories to help others live more happy and successful.
Guest authors will have their own personal profile here on The Start of Happiness.
If you would like to get your voice heard and share it with the community, please check out our contribution guidelines and feel free to submit for review. I (and the world) would love to hear from you!
The new Start of Happiness comes with daily motivation to keep you inspired and energised to focus on and reach your goals.
A new page is up which will be updated daily (obviously) so be sure to bookmark the URL and check in each morning to get your burst of motivation to kick start your day. These quotes will ALL be written by myself… this is just another way I want to add value to your life and help you on your journey.
Check it out at: http://www.startofhappiness.com/motivational-quotes/
What are your thoughts on the new design?
Are you excited for the topic of Passion to Profit and building a business around your passions?
Let’s make our second year a year to remember!