Yesterday I launched the new site designed by my very talented brother. If you read these posts in an RSS feed, click through to check out the new layout. I am really excited about some of the new features here on this site:
1. Home Page
Before you would land right on the blog when coming to Married to a Baller. But now you come to my home page, where you can find my three newest blog posts, some family pictures (which will be updated ever few months) and a featured video (which will be updated every few weeks).
2. Easier Navigation
I hope that you can now more easily navigate through my site with the tabs and search bar at the top. Some of the pages and categories have been shifted around a bit, but for the most part, the general setup is still the same. Pages should load faster now as well as my brother gave me a quick tutorial of how to keep the pictures from turning people’s computers into something that seems like it’s running in mud.
5. Re-tweet or “like” my posts on Facebook
I would love for you to share my posts with others by using this new feature located at the end of each post.
6. Separate Basket Wives section
This was a big reason for me wanting to update the site. There used to be a separate Basket Wives site where women could get information about this lifestyle and get connected with other women who had lived in certain countries/cities. The site has been shut down and a Facebook group took over to function in a lot of respects. But I really wanted to have a permanent place where women could come and get information and not have to search through discussion posts. So the Basket Wives area is now there to hopefully do that. I did not want to turn this site into a site just for Basket Wives because I have things to blog about that I believe people in all walks of life can relate to, so the Basket Wives section has become a separate area. In there you can find information about Birthing Overseas, as well as women who have volunteered to be contacts for information about birthing abroad. There are also various topics (some still in the works) on packing, traveling with children, language learning, health insurance, etc. But the part I am most excited about is the map you see on the Basket Wives page. I have collected contacts for almost 200 cities across the world of women who have lived there for some part of a basketball season. During this week, I will be entering these contacts into the map. Basket wives and girlfriends will be able to go to this map and find women who have been in or around the city they are headed to and then e-mail them for information about the city. The ballers can even use it to find a player’s wife or girlfriend who has been in a city, e-mail them and get in touch with their husbands/boyfriends to find out information on a club such as whether or not they pay on time and how they are with accommodating for living quarters, etc. You simply locate a pin and click on it for the person’s information.
So to celebrate this new look, I thought it was time to hold a contest. I am giving you the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card this week by doing any of the following:
1. Subscribe to my RSS feed.
3. Re-tweet this post or “like” it on Facebook.
4. Link to this post on your own blog.
5. For those who don’t Twitter, Facebook, blog or have an RSS reader, you can simply comment on what your favorite thing is about the new design.
If you do any of the above things, leave me a comment about all that you did in the comments section. Each one that you do gives you a separate entry (so if you post this on your blog, join me on Facebook and re-Tweet this, you get three entries). You can enter with as many options as you would like. Each entry will be numbered chronologically and I will use a number generator to select the winner. The contest will run until Friday, so please spread the word!
Working on getting the site complete,