Check Out the New Digs

If you’ve been a follower of A Reader of Fictions for a while now, you’re probably looking around and wondering what the heck this classy blog is you’ve come to accidentally. What happened to the ocean of green? Where are the friendly dandelions that make you fear that you might be about to embark on a cancer book?

Gone. For good. *breathes deeply* I only hope I’m ready for this. Anyway, whether ready or not, ‘TIS DONE.

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Please do not ask me how the move went. Basically, it was not pretty. I do not like change and I cry when I’m frustrated. However, everyone tells me that I will be so glad I moved. Let’s hope!

You are not lost; you’re just in a nicer neighborhood now!

At some point, there will be a giveaway, but I need to get organized first, so maybe you should follow and enjoy some content while you wait?


In the meantime, LET’S PARTY!

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97 responses to “Check Out the New Digs”

  1. ashley says:

    I loathe change. But this is a nice change! Bravo!

  2. Gillian says:


    *tosses confetti* *blows horn* *does a jig*

    • Christina Franke says:

      Thanks, Gillian. This about killed me, and without Steph it would not have happened. Jamie, too. Oh man. It takes a village.

  3. Expy says:

    Hot diggity! The new look is great! I love how simple it is. Minimalism FTW!

  4. Morgan says:

    That Heath Ledger gif made my life. *melts into a puddle*

    Also, love the new design! Font, colors, layout… it’s all so pretty 🙂

  5. Lesley says:

    Ew, I hate change. However, this I approve of. It looks really nice. Just need to figure out how to follow it now (I’m one of those people who still thinks the GFC thing on Blogger is pretty awesome) I also want to keep typing and typing and typing random things because this font is really pretty.

    • Christina Franke says:

      Oh, yeah, I thought about trying to migrate that, but everything was such a headache. There’s always email, I guess. I use Feedly, and I like it. Way better than Bloglovin’ if you do decide to move.

      • Lesley says:

        I’ll have to check out Feedly. I’ve been meaning to try out something new anyway, since not all the blogs I like have GFC anyway. It’s just that I’m incredibly lazy. This whole move sounds like it’s been such a headache for you, though – just remember that it will probably get better!

  6. Hannah says:

    I didn’t see the old digs, but liking the new ones.
    I got so scared when I moved from blogger to wordpress. Took me like 2 weeks and I refused to make it official until everything was PERFECT!

    • Christina Franke says:

      Ha, the old digs were just a basic theme from Blogger, which I sometimes saw on other blogs. So, yeah, it’s a step up.

      I sort of wish I’d done that, but, honestly, I can’t make mine perfect because I have 1300 posts, so the amount I need to catch up was just going to get worse, and I don’t have time to take a break from reviewing. Oh well. People will deal or they won’t.

  7. Obviously, I love this new you. Welcome to WP!

    (I know you will like it here, so you can just stop worrying!)

  8. I love this. The design is simple and pretty.

    Eventually I’ll move to self hosted but right now I barely have enough money to put food on the table.

    Congrats on egoing through with the switch despite your frustrations.

    • Christina Franke says:

      I wouldn’t have moved to self-hosted if I didn’t have a wonderful friend with a hosting service who was totally able to help me out. I am very lucky to have him.

  9. I LOVE IT

    Ermehgerd, the font in the comment box *____* Come to me, you beauty.

    But, uh, you didn’t happen to save a screenshot of the old look, did you? Not that I want to stare at it longingly and stroke the precious green grass or anything but…

    (Seriously, tweet me.)

    • Christina Franke says:

      Ha, now you get the sans-serif font as well! Victory. I shall lure you in this way. Oh, Steph took one, because I totally didn’t remember that migrating it would result in that one basically not existing. I’m a bit dumb sometimes.

  10. Judith says:

    I don’t like change at all, but I think the change to WP is a good one! I love the new layout and you did a fabulous job moving so far and DON’T WORRY DEAR! You’ll get the hang of it. I promise.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Thanks for trying to talk me down. You caught me in mid-panic, right as the tears began and I was a mess. I do not handle frustration well at all.

      Making this post wasn’t so bad, so hopefully new ones will be alright. I just do not understand why it imports them like this if that’s not what it wants. It is TOTALLY possible for the importer to do better.

  11. Shelly says:

    The new layout is amazing! Congrats on your move to WordPress and good luck adjusting to all the change! 🙂
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  12. Nori says:

    Wow. This is beautiful! Seriously, I’m loving the change. The colors just work so well together. Good for you for being so brave.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Thank you, Nori! I’m glad you like it. The first colors were more traditional, but this combines a lot of my favorite colors and it’s quirky and unique, like I like to think I am. Maybe I actually am. Hurrah.

  13. Katie says:

    LOVE IT! Very classy and fun 🙂
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  14. Meg says:

    It’s so beautiful! *pets the pretty colors* I’m sorry the transition was such a pain, but it is so very lovely on this end.

    • Christina Franke says:

      ME TOO. Well, it’s not so lovely if you look at my review archive or any of the posts but the most recent three, but we just won’t do that. Sound good?

  15. Bonnie says:

    I do miss the green but I love the new colors! I’ve heard the transition is a pain but hopefully it does end up being all worth it!
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  16. Jenn says:

    Congrats on the big move! Everything looks great. A+ gifs (especially the Heath Ledger one!)

  17. Pink Vanilla says:

    I like the new version of your blog! Even if I must confess that I miss your previous layout. I prefer this one, is more neat and clean, but you know, it takes some time to get used to something new!
    Congrats! xoxo

    • Christina Franke says:

      Oh yeah, I mean, for a basic template, I really did like that design and it was very good to me. My main issue was sometimes spotting other blogs with it, which was like BOO HISS NO.

  18. Pink Vanilla says:

    Ps: I forgot to say that your animated gifs are the only that don’t slow down my computer! Yay!

  19. Giselle says:

    Yay!! It’s a bitch of a change from blogger to WP and annoying to get it all fixed I still haven’t fixed any posts past a couple months, but I think it was worth it. I love the new look! It’s so you!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      BLERGH. I’m going to be working on this for years basically, because I am anal-retentive and cannot deal with this being so messed up. I think I’ll try to get to all the reviews, but seriously fuck Cover Snark and discussion post formatting. It can chill.

  20. Jenni says:

    It’s so pretty! I tried to leave a “the new look is so purdy” comment on your The Burning Sky review earlier but for some reason WP yelled at me and said I had already said what I said but I hadn’t said it so it lied when it said that. Anywho, I freaking love it and don’t fret over the old posts! No one but you really cares anyway 😉
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Ummm, yeah, WP does that to me a lot on other blogs, but I don’t want my blog to sass you, except in good, giffy ways.


  21. Whoa, you are so FANCY. I love the new design! And the fonts! And the colors! This is awesome, congrats. We’re making the move this fall, too, so prepare for teeth-gnashing from me as well. *sigh*

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden
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    • Christina Franke says:

      WENDY! I feel like I’m officially official now that you stopped by! *hugs* Oh wow, good luck, and may you handle it better than I did. Oy. I am not made for that sort of pressure.

      • I fear I am not made for it either, which is why I have waited so long. Steph has been assuring me that it’ll be easy and okay, though, but I know she reassured you too, and here you are in tears! @_@ But it must be done, and everyone says it’s worth it in the end. SAY IT’S SO, CHRISTINA. SAY IT’S SO.
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  22. I really like this new look! It’s pretty awesome.
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  23. Anya says:

    Oooo, I love the new look 😀 And Heath Ledger >.>
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  24. Arial says:

    Woo woo! I quite like the new look, especially the fonts!
    And as always, nice use of gifs.
    I hope everything gets sorted out to your liking!
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  25. It’s so cute! *pets the header* Also, the line about cancer books made me laugh. Bravo.

  26. Brandy says:

    Very nice. I cry when frustrated too, which is why I’m never ever doing this. You are braver than I. I bow to you.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Oh man, it was awful. I really don’t cry at books much, but put me in a situation where I don’t know what to do and WATERWORKS FOREVER. It’s so not good for survival. I’ll let you know how I feel down the road, but today was HORRIBLE.

  27. Love your header. Congratulations for finally doing it! Now you will have to tell me how hard it is and what the learning curve is. Your tweets today freaked me out!

    • Christina Franke says:

      Thanks! I wanted something simple and pretty.

      Yes, and it was that horrible, but hopefully I have the bulk of it figured out and the design tweaks will get done and I’ll edit the shit-ton of posts and everything will be okay.

  28. Jessica R says:

    Christina, it looks so gooooood! It sounds like it was a hard day but I think it’s going to pay off in the end because I love the new look! And your fonts! Yay! Great job, really 🙂

    • Christina Franke says:

      SUCH a hard day. But hopefully I’ll be really thrilled about it another couple of weeks. Really wish I hadn’t moved in the middle of the ARCiest month, but whatever I will deal and it will be done and all will be well that ends well and dammit it will end well.

  29. Kathy L. says:

    Yay!!! Congrats on the move! I’m so excited for it because before I was not able to comment AND NOW I CAN!!!! Wahooooooooooooo! Can’t wait to share my thoughts on Cover Snark!

  30. Audrey says:

    Hooray! I knew you could do it. Looks great.

    • Christina Franke says:

      Thanks for the faith. I do not handle that sort of stress well, but it’s done and I’m committed, so I’ll deal with the temporary mess, because I must.

  31. Rebecca says:

    Sorry the move was hard! But your new blog design is really pretty.
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  32. Angie F. says:

    Yay! Welcome to WordPress! And congrats on surviving the move! 😀
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  33. Hello, WordPress newbie. I am so happy to see you over here now! The design is so pretty – the color scheme! I know you are under a lot of stress with it, but I hope you adapt to it soon. If you ever need some beginner’s help, feel free to give a shout. Loving this look!
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  34. Gorgeousness! Congrats on the new digs! I’m so scared of moving to self-hosted but maybe it’s time. Hope you enjoy WP!
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  35. I am terrible at handling change and cried a lot last month when I switched. I was so frustrated and terrified, questioning if I made the right choice. I’m still figuring things out but it has gotten better. Congrats! I think the blog looks great!
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  36. Lisa says:

    The Heath Ledger GIF. I’m all over that. (Not to mention it’s a great movie.)

    Anyway, I love the new design. Very cute 😀
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  37. Angie says:

    YAY WOOHOO! You will love WordPress when you get used to it. It’s so pretty and shiny and easy to use.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Easy to use? *eyes you* Well, hopefully it will be once this initial phase is over. Right now, everything seems needlessly complicated, but here’s hoping.

  38. Alessandra says:

    I like your new design! It’s true; it’s classy! (even though I liked the dandelions all right).

    BTW, is that a Dawson Leery gif? Where does it come from?!
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  39. Woooohoooo lookit you, all fancy pants! Soon you’ll be a WP guru? 😉
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  40. Lynn K. says:

    I looooove the new design! SO PRETTY! The colors are gorgeous! <3333 (orange + blue rocks!!)
    Change and adapting to new things is never easy, but it will get better eventually. All the best!

    • Christina Franke says:

      Thanks, Lynn! I wasn’t sure how people would feel about the orange and blue, but I thought it really worked, and I love this dark shade of orange and I love blue and turquoise, and I thought it might look really unique!

  41. Completely understand how change is hard, I’m just the same. I like routine and I like familiarity but I promise you that the change to WP will be one of the best blogging decisions you’ll make 😀

    So in love with the new design! The simplicity of it is what makes it awesome!

  42. One of the reasons I’m still on Blogspot is because I’m afraid of the change.. so credits that you took the decision to do it anyway. I think your blog looks great 🙂 Much more professional!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I’m not going to lie. The move was super stressful and I’m still putting out little fires constantly. I’m hoping things will settles in a week or two when I’ve done most of the things I need to, and know how to at least get new posts out.

  43. Steena says:

    Love, love, love! The fonts in particular, the color scheme is a close second!

  44. Rachel says:

    Ahh yay! Congrats girl! It looks beautiful. I love the color scheme and everything. And I think it fits you a lot better 🙂 I had a difficult time when I moved to a self-hosted WP blog, but you’ll definitely pick it up as you get used to everything!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Haha, yeah, I don’t know that I am green with dandelions. A little bit too cutesy for my personality in general. I like it, though settling in is still a pain. There’s something to be fixed at all times.

  45. Kayla Beck says:

    *looks around* Wooo! Nice place you’ve got here! You did well, sister. Hope you enjoy it, despite it being change. 🙂
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  46. All this talk about how difficult it is to make the change is kind of intimidating… but YAY FOR A NEW DESIGN! I love it — the colors, the fonts, the everything — it’s all so pretty. I don’t like change when it comes at the wrong time, but other than that, I’m pretty cool with it. Unless it’s frustrating and tear-inducing… like this sounds like. >.< Anyway, I hope the rest of the move comes along smoothly for you, Christina! I cry really easily, too, so I understand how you feel. *throws marshmallows and tuna bits (for Perseus. We must never leave the cat out)*
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  47. fakesteph says:

    Looks good! And your feed still works so yay!
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  48. I am testing to see if I can leave a comment on your new site…
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  49. Sarah M says:

    I love the new layout!

  50. I love the new look! And congrats on the change to WP … I’ve seen your updates on Twitter — I hope you like it better soon!
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  51. kara-karina says:

    Gorgeous change, Christina! Well done! :)))
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  52. Sorry I’m so late to the party! I hope you don’t mind my lateness, I had this bookmarked to visit ages ago- yes I am literally THIS behind on my commenting o.O Anyways, congrats on the move to WordPress, though I’m sorry it seems like it was so rough. I am planning the switch myself eventually but I could never ever attempt it all on my own like you did *slow clap*

    It looks wonderful though, so you did a fantastic job! I do hope the switch is going smoother now; like you I resist change quite a bit so I think it would take me for ever to acclimate LOL
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