Welcome back. Take a look around. Do you see anything different?
Yes. That's right. My blog got a new facelift! In this blog post, I'll list some things that have changed:
1. "Read more" page break
To make the user experience better and improve website analytics, I finally decided to implement the "read more" page break, which means that the entire blog post will not be shown on the home page. Make sure to look for the "read more" on the bottom right of each blog post when navigating the home page. You're not done reading yet!
2. Facebook comments
Instead of using the Weebly provided comment system, I've made the switch to Facebook comments. Now, when you comment on my blog, you have the option to share it with your friends on Facebook.
The sidebar always seemed lacking to me. To add some visual appeal, I added a collage of my photos, re-ordered the elements within the sidebar, and added social media icons to make it easier to connect with me on other platforms!
4. New header banner
Did you notice that the photo of a plane and a stack of suitcases is gone? In its place is a banner with a collage of photos that have been taken the past 2 years. I hope that this change gives a more personal touch to my blog.
Did you know that I have 2 other tabs on the top right of my blog webpage? I added new photos to my dream board and revised my descriptions on my "about me" page. Be sure to check out my newly renovated personal website!
When I started this blog, I was an absolute newbie; I had no idea how Weebly worked. So as an ongoing long-term project, I'm hoping to categorize as many old posts as possible for ease of access and search. If this blog receives a significantly higher amount of visitor traffic, I might consider switching over to Wordpress (which also does better with SEO).
So why the change, Rachel?
As some of you learned, I was recently awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for my semester abroad in South Korea (more on this at a later time). With the monetary award, I am also obligated to carry out a project that helps increase study away opportunities to students who are traditionally underrepresented in study away programs. For my project, I proposed to do a series of blog and vlog postings on here and on my YouTube channel (which I will post here when they are published) that documents my adventures abroad as well as my adjustment to an entirely new environment. With the newly improved blog website, I hope that it will attract more site visitors and make it easier for visitors to search for what they need.
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In a previous post, Jennifer and I decided on exploring Duluth on a daylong road trip. Little did we know that we would end up going on 3 road trips in 3 weeks.
A day into the 4th of July weekend, Jennifer and I last minute decided to road trip ALL THE WAY back to Waukegan, IL (about a 7-8 hour drive including breaks) to spend 2 days in Waukegan and 1 day in Chicago. We began the drive at precisely 6:15am (because Starbucks opened at 6am - we needed caffeine), stopped 3 times along the way, and arrived in the driveway of Jennifer's home at 1:30pm.
As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am currently one of thirteen students participating in the MacNest program at Macalester, where students are summer interns for a local Twin Cities startup for ten weeks as part of a one-credit internship. All of us reside in the Summit House on campus for the duration of the summer and are expected to to form a community where we share our knowledge and experiences organically.
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