Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition

July 20, 2012

The hubbub seems to have died down, and now it’s just me and you again.  And also a few new folks.  But not 20,000.  Which is good, because that was making me nervous.

This new-look Great Smitten site launched almost two months ago, and it occurred to me recently that I never gave you a proper tour, which is so rude of me because, in the South, that’s what you do when people come round.

So please, grab yourself a cup of coffee and follow me…


My gorgeous header is my front door.

It was a joint effort between Jessi Connolly, who designed my overall blog, and April Knight, an illustrator from Charleston, South Carolina.

Simon was praying for me one night a few months ago when he asked God for my words to be like arrows.  Around the same time, I got an email from Jessi with some ideas for my design – and one of them was an arrow.  I went with it.

Now…if you’ll mosey on over to the sidebar with me…

Meet Faith


Social Media Buttons

Aren’t these pretty?  Email me, follow me on twitter and pinterest, become a facebook fan of Great Smitten, and subscribe via email.

I’ll compare this bit to my front porch.  It’s where we hang out.  Get to know each other a bit.  Chit-chat.  You know.

Sponsors and Affiliates

These are lovely people who have partnered with Great Smitten to get the word out about their blogs and businesses.  If you’d like more info about becoming a sponsor, you can click on the little “sponsors and affiliates” header and it’ll take you somewhere you can find that stuff out.  Or, you can just email me.  (Remember how to do that?  We covered it above.)

This is my front yard, with all my political signs stuck in the grass.

“Vote for Herb Humphries!”

“Vote No on November 5!”

Except mostly vote yes.  For these gals.


These are blogs and sites I personally read and recommend.  Simple, really.  It’s my rolodex.  Did I mention I’m giving you a tour of my house in the 80s?

Search Great Smitten

Again, self-explanatory.  I hope.  If not, email me.  Bless your heart.

Do Your Dream/How to Rope an Englishman/What My 20s Taught Me

These are recurring features, and you can find them all at the click of a button!  If you haven’t read them, you totally should.  I wrote them, and I like them.

So I guess this is kind of like that room in your house where you keep all your beauty pageant crowns and track & field trophies on display.  Not that I have any of those.

“I Read Great Smitten” Button

If you’ve got a blog and you want to tell the world that you read Great Smitten, grab the code in that little box there and paste it in a widget on your blog.  Boom.  Easy.

Follow on Facebook

This is where I like to display your picture.  You know, like a picture wall.  Because I’m into those.


This is where you can find all of my posts, ever, in chronological order.  Some of the old ones are embarrassing, but I’ve left them up for now to keep it real.  It’s kind of like how you keep your old yearbooks on your bookshelf.

I Miss This

This is a pointless list of things I miss from North Carolina.  I thought about deleting it with my new design, but I didn’t want to, so I didn’t.

It’s my house; I do what I want.

Thank you very, very much for coming on my blog tour.  I’ve got a few things in the works for the coming weeks, including the continuation of How to Rope an Englishman, a couple of new features I’ve been working on, and more inspiration to live a creative, authentic, passionate life.

It’s a pleasure to have you here, and I hope you’ll make yourself at home.

11 responses to “Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition”

  1. Rin says:

    Thanks for having me!

  2. Audrey says:

    I really want a rolodex on my desk, in 2012. True story.

  3. emahadeo says:

    Thanks for inviting us all in! You’re house is fabulous.

  4. Faith says:

    Audrey – there is something very grown up about it. I still love my hard copy address book.

  5. beautifulfrolic says:

    I had to reread to figure out that the 80’s reference was about the Rolodex. Annnnnnnnnnnd, I definitely keep a hard copy address book.
    If that makes us wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

  6. Your posts give me the cozy feeling, like when I have visited with a kindred spirit! ~

    thanks, Wendy

  7. Emily Angell says:

    I love this place!

  8. Amanda A. says:

    Love the “things i miss” section– good choice to not get rid of it. I am one of the 20,000 people who hung around for your blog. Definitely one of my favs. Thanks 🙂

  9. I just started following but I love your blog it’s such a pleasure to read! I hope you accept my nomination for the Inspiring Blog Award. I look forward to reading more from you! http://taliamarcheggiani.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/the-inspiring-blog-award/#more-1565

  10. essaylove says:

    Hey Faith! Your blog is beautiful! But I just wanted to let you know that some of the links on your READS page aren’t working. Just a heads up. 🙂

  11. Charlene says:

    thanks for the tour, Faith! I’m also one of the 20 000 people who is going to stick around because I love your blog – you’ve got such a warm, inviting way of writing. Really glad I clicked on it that day 🙂

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