Welcome Back (Freebies + Giveaway!!)

Hey! Welcome back!! I’m so excited for you to see the new Always, S. I know what you’re thinking – didn’t you just change the blog design? Well, yeah. I did. But the truth is, I wanted a blog that could grow with me and serve as a professional but also personal space. Prior to this relaunch, I felt as if Always, S was just personal. I was constantly thinking of ways to improve and add professionalism to my blog, but I was never satisfied with my ideas! After school started in August, my stress levels were high. With 19 hours, learning a new language, and two new jobs, I unfortunately put the blog on the back burner. I decided to take a month off to refresh, get my sh*t together, and come back better than ever! I did a lot of research and found the perfect base for my blog through 17th Avenue. Next, I put together a Pinterest board full of inspiration…

Follow Savannah Ward’s board Logo on Pinterest.  …and my great new friend Valerie put together the PERFECT new logo! I told her in my first email that I loved flowers, pops of color, and watercolors. What do you guys think?! She did SUCH a great job and I’m so glad I worked with her. If you ever need any designing for your blog/website, I really recommend taking a look at her portfolio. I’m hoping that through this redesign I’ll be able to appeal to a wider audience and also post more “serious” and professional posts without my old blog design getting in the way. I hope to grow with this blog and its design and I can’t wait to see where this relaunch takes me!

For You

Speaking of that audience…can you take 3 or 4 minutes to fill out a quick reader survey? You’ll get a cute printable for FREE (!!) at the end. Did I mention its free?? You’ll be asked about the blog and what you think of its new design and also the quality of my posts (if you’ve been reading for a while). Everything you say is anonymous, so please feel free to critique and offer constructive criticism! Just remember to speak respectfully :] Take it now! Having trouble viewing the reader survey and giveaway? Try refreshing the page or open with a different browser.

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Hopefully, with the start of this new design, this will also be the start of something great with Always, S. To old readers, thanks SO much for sticking with me and following the blog for so long. To those of you that are brand new, WELCOME! This blog has become my favorite space to share stories, pictures, and more, and I hope you’ll love this space as much as I do. For stopping by on this special day, enter the giveaway below to win a $10 Visa eGift Card through the wonderful GiftCards.com! This giveaway runs from October 1 – October 4, so enter ASAP! The winner will be contacted Monday, October 5!
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So…what’s new?

  • An all new and improved travel page, showcasing all of my trips and links to their posts.
  • An updated About Me page, with lots of pictures and pretty graphics from Valerie!
  • A POST SCHEDULE! You’ll see a new post on Always, S every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There might be more posts in between, but you’ll get at least 3 new posts weekly. How cool is that?!
  • home page that features recent and popular posts.

Thanks so much for reading Always, S! And welcome back :]

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  • Your blog looks lovely! I like your pinterest inspiration board, and your blog is clean, pretty, bright, and easy to navigate.

    • Savannah

      Thank you so much! Putting together the inspiration board was so fun! Hope you had a great weekend!

  • I am seriously in love with your new design, it’s beautiful! Can’t wait to see everything you have in store for Always S!

    • Savannah

      Thank you so much!! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  • Great new site! I love the about me section! Very fun to read and learn about you! The puppy is so adorable! Looking forward to checking out your adventures on your new travel page as well! Thanks for sharing and great job!

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much! And that puppy is super sassy most of the time, but adorable all of the time :] Its crazy how dogs can have such personalities! Thank you for commenting and hope you have a great week!! 🙂

  • Yay! I’m so happy for you and your progress! 🙂

    Allisonleighann

    • Savannah

      Thank you so much!! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  • Love your new design, it’s so so clean! Glad you’re adhering to a posting schedule too, looking forward to the months to come!

    Alessandra | The PumpUp Blog

    • Savannah

      I think a posting schedule will help my blog but also help me grow as a writer. Thanks for commenting and I hope you have a great week!

  • Welcome back pretty lady! Loving the new logo and new blog plans! I love writing about my travels too!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much! I hope having a specific section for travel on my blog will convince me and give me reason to travel more haha! Have a great week!

  • This is awesome! Loving your new design, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Still wondering how you balance it all, that schedule is insane! I love the travel page most of all-you should see if you could get an interactive world map with pins in the places you went, and when you click they take you to the posts! For some reason I love the thought of that :p

    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

    • Savannah

      Yeah, it gets REALLY crazy on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There’s always SO much homework. I tried finding an interactive map, but none of them “fit” with the blog – they’re too showy and none of them let me link to posts. Have you found any?! Let me know if you do!!

  • I love your new design — it looks so great!
    Glad you’re back girl.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Savannah

      Thank you! Have a great week! :]

  • I don’t know what the former design looked like, but this one is adorable! I love the title picture especially. 🙂

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much! My previous design had black and white watercolor polka dots with a pale orange header. Although that design is still one of my favorites, I just felt like this header and this design was more “me.”

      Have a great week! :]

  • I love your redesign! It looks amazing! Congrats and I hope you get the results you want!

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much!! Hope you had a good weekend!

  • Loving the clean new look!

    • Savannah

      Thank you! :]

  • I love the new changes!

    • Savannah

      Thank you!! :]

  • Your blog’s looking great, can’t wait to see what else you have in store! Now I’m off to take your reader survey!

    • Savannah

      Thank you so much!! And thank you for taking the reader survey. It means a lot!

  • Congrats on your relaunch! I always find it so fun and refreshing to get a blog makeover. It really helps me refocus and get excited about blogging again. Kudos to you for taking a month-long break to recharge before you got back in the game. I can tell the break will be well worth it.

    • Savannah

      I agree 100% with everything you just said. I feel so new now! Haha. And thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot. Hope you have a great week! :]

  • Just checked to see how your blog turned out and I absolutely love it! It looks so pretty, clean and professional!
    I’m so glad you’re happy with your new logo and it was a pleasure making it for you!! 🙂

    • Savannah

      My blog design wouldn’t have been complete without your work. Thank you so much!! <3