OH EM GEE! THE HUNDRED BLOG REVAMP IS HERE

Oh, hello!!!

Happy Holidays, friends! How was everything? Good to be with family? Sometimes it gets a little hectic at home for me, so it was a mix of highs and lows. But overall, I'm so happy to be back in Cali and taking a trip with Justin this week. 

But, guys! Today I am over the moon right now to share the new site with you!

The Hundred Blog 2.0 baby.

Moving into 2017 looking FLY.

I have been wanting to redesign Hundred for a while now. I didn’t hate it before, by any stretch, just knew that it could be better. I wanted it to have more functionality for you guys. Like, the ability to listen to playlists much easier, and to use the travel guides when you go places. I also just thought that it wasn’t ME.

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So, I was thinking how to switch how to make an upgrade and I just knew I needed to hire help!

Although I am crafty with making websites, I’ve made The Almost 30 Podcast website, Lindsey Simcik’s website, the Let’s Travel Morocco website

I don't know much design, or Photoshop.

Are you guys good at that? Can you teach me? I need to get way better at Photoshop!

I went with the coolest babes at Go Live HQ, because they’re making the DOPEST websites around pretty much. Margo & Me, Mariana Hewitt, Brooklyn Blonde….to name a few!


Some of the rad features on the new site:

  • The Travel Guides Page: IS SO MUCH BETTER. I am now organizing them on a larger scale, so as an example I’ll have California, and within that, I’ll have San Francisco, Santa Monica, Venice…I am going to work on building those out much more so that I can add places like Patagonia, Germany, France, Austria, Colorado, even OHIO! LOL. Travel is my absolute jam, its where I feel most like myself so this will be a big focus for the blog. Also, how cute are the little squares? Love them!
  • Music: On my side bar, you can listen to my favorite playlists and jams SO MUCH easier. I am such a fan of music, making mixes and I wanted this to be much easier to access than how it was before (as its own blog).
  • Popular posts: I know can share the most relevant and trending posts on the main page, as well on the side bar. I was always looking for a way to showcase older content, and this is it.
  • Contact page: SO, FRESH AND SO CLEAN, RIGHT?
  • Mission and motto: There’s now a clarity around what The Hundred Blog is!
  • Color scheme: I finally have one, I LOVE the pink with the turquoise and vibe with how clean, but beach-y the vibe is.
  • New Logo: What what! There she is!

 

This whole process helped me to feel re-inspired, and excited about sharing quality real content with you. I feel lucky that I have a place where I can be myself and share parts of my life with ya.

Looking forward to kicking ass this year, right? I mean 2016 was a bit of a challenge. There were definite highs and definite lows. For me, I’m thankful that in the latter part of the year I found my groove with The Almost 30 Podcast, my new job, and this new site.

Some of my design inspiration pins from Pinterest:

Um BTW, let's ollow each other on Pinterest! I am going to write a full post on getting the most from Pinterest this month. It's something that really helps with site traffic and also just life inspiration, ya know? 

As a last piece, I wanted to get some feedback from you!

It's anonymous :) but I really want to make sure that I'm writing about topics you want to read about.

What do you love for me to write?

Posts on blogging, fitness, nutrition, travel, spirituality, fashion, beauty, or hair?

Let me know so I can cater what I do to you!

Okay, off to make some final touches on this bad boy, and finish working on The Hundred Blog app updates! That'll be launching next week!

MAJAH thanks to the Go Live HQ babes for their patience, vision, honesty, creativity, kindness through the process. Ash was there for me through all my brainstorming and visioning, and Katelyn, my designer stuck with me when I sent over lists of 20 questions :). YOU DA BEST. 

XO, 

Krista

P.S. Questions on redoing your site, let me know. Happy to help!

Powering down: Currently, OVERWHELMED (social media observations)

Hey guys!

Deepness today! Really writing to you as a little journal of my thoughts. Mondays do that to ya, ya know? 

Also how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Mine was lovely, but nothing too special - except this. So, we'll get right into it.

The other day I was in SoulCycle (yah basic I know)...but one of the riders in the front, HAD HER PHONE IN CLASS.

BIG NO NO Y'ALL. RESPECT THE SPACE! NO PHONE ZONE!

So this girl gets out of class, she's like 15 years old, and is RIGHT BACK ON HER PHONE.

Fast forward, this girl's mom is talking to my friend Lindsey, the instructor, and tells us that the girl is in THERAPY FOR BEING ON HER PHONE SO MUCH.

Kids today, are in therapy for the amount they are addicted to their phones.

No hating on therapy, the mom, or the kid even. Just eye opening that social media/phones are becoming that much a part of kids lives that they need to go to therapy to help remedy an issue it's caused.

Scary, right? But where's the line? How much of this is related to social media and our generation (and younger ones) today?

*how old do I sound saying younger ones? BTW.

But to my post, which is related.

Does anyone else feel like social media is like creeping up and SUFFOCATING them lately? I know I'm being dramatic, but I feel like no matter how much time I spend, I'm never doing enough.

There's Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat (@hundredblog can I write about social media and then share my handle? DGAF)...and I don't even do Tumblr, or YouTube or anything with video yet. But it's always like, I always have SOMETHING more I could be doing. I should snap, I should insta, I should spend more time on this or more time on that. 

& I have a BLOG (SURPRISE Y'ALL!) - so it's like, my bread and butter is being on social media all the time. 

Sometimes it just feels like I'm never doing enough. Not enough liking, not enough pinning, not enough tweeting...and I think I spend 3+ hours on social daily. My phone, is like my best friend/sidekick. I also cracked the screen this weekend, which was sweet.

(Wait remember Sidekick phones? LOL)

Whenever I'm not paying attention to Justin, he goes 'digital detox (with a finger wag) and references a post I wrote in May 2015 about 'taking a digital detox'. LOL that's not ANNOYING AT ALL.

But there's truth to it!

(Hopefully he's not reading this to see I said that!)


Lately I've been noticing the effect social media has on me. I go into a room, I feel confident about myself, who I am, but I'm constantly wondering if I could be documenting this for everyone else to see, to keep up and to stay relevant.  

When I was in Vietnam, I spent a portion of the trip thinking or seeing things with my 'social media' eye, and viewing things as either:

A good Instagram.

A funny snap.

A photo opportunity for a blog post.

It's almost like, I'm not SEEING things in the flesh sometimes when I know I should post on social. But seeing them as the snap/insta/post living already on the internet.

In that situation, I'm less present because I am living in the mode of social media, sharing, rather than experiencing. 


Shop the look:

Topshop Western Denim Jacket: Fits just right, a little big and baggy but COMFORTABLE!

Topshop Blush Palm Print Oversized Button Down: Super silky and comfortable, I wear this thing ALL THE TIME.

Topshop High-Waisted Denim Jean Shorts: These run SO SMALL. I mean, really small. I think my butt was eating my shorts, but, I went back and went a size up and was good. Doesn't make you feel nice but they are super cute.


I am starting to get into Pinterest (I think it's going to be huge in 2016) and keep up on Facebook with my page, my Instagram needs a MAJAH overhaul so my feed looks polished, and this is a small portion of the social commenting/supporting I want to do with other bloggers I love.  

Let me definitely get it straight that I'm not complaining about what I do, or blogging, or sharing things with you, my readers. I'm obsessed with seeing what you're up to and all the amazing things you're doing/wearing. I mean, you guys, rule and are my life inspiration, DUH. 

I do love to write, and I started The Hundred Blog to connect with more people, and share my life with people I know and people I want to know more about.

But it just sometimes, social media feels a bit out of hand, no? What's next and what do I need to spend time using so that I am connected/in the loop/relevant? 

I did a little research and loved this Huffington Post article, about how to deal with Social Media Overwhelm by:

  • Creating boundaries around your time on social media
  • Use scheduling tools to use your time productively
  • Use targeted searches to find the people and content you want
  • Take breaks from social media

 

But I want to hear your thoughts, and sort of start the conversation about this.

What do you think?

Do you feel a bit overwhelmed with social media and the need to stay relevant and curate your life?

Do you guys have any strategies that you use to solve or remedy this? 

What's next? Do you see us going in a specific direction social media wise?

Cannot wait to read.

xoxo

Krista