Welcome to the New Oak + Oats Site

Welcome new website

Nothing says welcome to my new website like a picture of me balancing a spoon on my nose – I’m multi-talented πŸ˜‰ So, welcome to my new website! YAY! Remember last week when I was sharing that there were big things just around the corner? HERE IT IS! I’ve been talking about making the switch to WordPress off and on since forever and finally made the leap this summer. While I was at it, I decided to switch things up and share with you a new look & brand for Oak + Oats! Don’t Β you just love it?!

There has been a lot going on in the background to get ready for this day! I ‘ll be sharing more about the things I did to prepare for this rebrand later in the week but for now I’ll just talk about how I cannot believe this day has arrived! Whenever I take the time to really think about this space, see where it has come from and plan for the future, I am in awe! It is such a fun hobby ( & now business) that I get to come back to day after day – constantly being challenged to grow in community & in knowledge.

Some of you may remember months ago I sent out a reader survey and those responses went into making some key decisions for this space and the future of Oak + Oats! I wanted to share some of those findings with you and let you know the facts behind some of my design & direction choices for the future.

reader survey 2015

There were 72 recorded responses for the survey I sent out. While I know that is not ideal for a researchΒ study (I tookΒ Statistics for Psychology back in my day,) I still thought it reflected a good chunk of the people who do come to this space daily. I also am so thankful to those 72 people who engaged & offered feedback even though I offered no bribe in returnΒ – it is a privilege to learn from them! So thank you if you were one of the 72 – YOU ROCK! (PS: The rest of you still rock too and should totally fill out my next survey πŸ˜‰ xoxo)

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Quick Stats

  • 98% of you are female
  • 89% are between 20-32 years old
  • You are from all over the place but mostly the USA & Canada
  • 62% of you have been reading Oak + Oats for over a year (and 22% remember when it was called “Until Only Love Remains”)
  • Top 5 Favorite Post Topics voted by you were: Heart-to-Hearts (67%), Marriage (63%), Home Decor (57%), Blog Tips (54%), and Style (53%).

Your Quotes

“You’re so transparent and have inspired me to begin my blogging journey in the same style/format.”

“Would love to read more on building a blog brand and “successful” tips and tricks.”

“I love the way you write and think it would be awesome if you wrote a book! Your faith and marriage posts are always some of my favorites, so I’d love to read a book on one or both of those topics.”

“I would love to see more personal, unedited moments of Oak + Oats. I realize pretty photos and stylish posts attract followers, but I would be interested in learning more about the behind the scenes.”

“I love your honest perspective on the blogging community and how you foster community here on your blog. I’d love to know more about your approach to Instagram and how you build such a loyal and involved community.”

“You already speak a lot about faith but I think you can never talk about it enough so more of that would interest me. Also, how you do married life and how it was to transition from single life to married life.”

What that Means for Oak + Oats

Reading through the quotes and the answers to your favorite posts, it was obvious you LOVEΒ the personal, heart-to-heart, real life posts!Β You all were screaming out, “we love your authenticity and all those feelings you have onΒ all the things – share more of them!” Okay, I said! I had no idea you loved those personal posts so much!Β I was also super surprised by how high marriage was on the list and in your comments. I mean, Bruce is a main character on the blog and in my life (obvi) but I don’t share a lot of marriage focused posts here, so it was fun to see that come to the top.

You also loved to hear about blogging, blog tips, social media, branding, building community, and all those business related posts. You want more of the failures, the successes, the advice, and the journey. I loved seeing that theme emerge because I can totally get behind more of those posts! It is seriously a joy to share everything I have learned and my real life advice with you! Also, there were several comments about Instagram and that sent my heart all a flutter – I’ve got dreams in the works dealing with that topic!

I looked at your favorite post topics,Β spent some time looking at the posts that I love to write, and created a new outline for Oak + Oats. While you are checking on the fab new design by Whitney Blake, make sure you notice the cleaned up & newly organized tabs at the top. Β I took your advice, condensed, and refocused some of the topics so that I was no longer blogging about all of the things but just some of the things. I’ve also taken to heart your desire for more of the personal. Some posts will be specifically focused on faith, marriage, or a good ol’ heart-to-heart but even in the other posts I’ll be putting more “real” and more “me” into them!

There were some of you who contradicted each other (what you mean we are not all the same & have the same favorites?!? πŸ˜‰ ) and I know that I cannot make everyone happy all the time but I only feel energized going forward from here – I hope you feel energized too!

Thank you for being a part of the Oak + Oats community whether you have been here one day or 5 years!Β Feel free to look around and explore the new site! Please also be gracious – as much as I worked beforehand to prevent broken links, typos, and general website funkiness,Β things may not be perfect.

xoxo, elizabeth

Author: Oak & Oats

  • Whitney Vass

    Elizabeth I cannot even begin to describe how much I adore this design!!!! So so excited for you my dear!

    xoxo
    Whit

  • Hey! The new site looks so good! I am SO excited for this new journey of yours and to see all the things you have planned for your beautiful new space! xoxo

    P.S. I found this post because I was stopping by your site for a DIY post I thought I’d seen here. But it never came through on my Bloglovin. :-/ Just letting you know because I know there are always hiccups with site transitions. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you!

      Good News! Bloglovin’ should be fixed now!!!!!

      • I saw that yesterday and was so excited! πŸ™‚

  • I gasped and said, “ELIZABETH!” when I saw this! πŸ˜€ It’s gorgeous! I’m so excited for you my friend!

  • Nicole Mangum

    Your new space is BEAUTIFUL!!

  • Eryn Ivey

    WOAH!

  • CONGRATS! CONGRATS! This looks so great Beth!

  • gentri lee

    I’m so excited for you, Beth!! Yay!! Big changes all around! <3

    • Thanks so much Gentri! PS: I am totally working with Silkworm Social now thanks to you πŸ™‚ I am super excited about it!!!!!

      • gentri lee

        Yes, i know! I’m so excited for you! They told me soon after I had given you their info. πŸ™‚

  • I love it! Yay! So excited for more marriage and life posts!

    • Yes! I have to figure out how to write marriage posts – haha! but they will come!

  • YOU ARE THE CUTEST. And so is your blog. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    Love the new Oak and Oats! Just an FYI, it’s not showing up in my Bloglovin feed right now either.

    • Thanks so much! Yes! I have a support request out to Bloglovin’ to see if we can fix that! It is the same URL so that is the confusing part but we will work it all out soon! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • PS: It should be fixed now!!!!!

  • Love the new layout!!!! Can’t wait to explore!!!! Yay! Welcome to WordPress, by the way. I have some tips and tricks. So if you have any questions, I’m here πŸ™‚

    http://www.creating-kelsi.com

    • Thanks so much! I may have to ask you all my questions! hahah

      • Haha! That’s fine. If I know the answer, I will share πŸ™‚ If not, I’ll point you in the general direction.

  • I’m so excited for you, Elizabeth! The site looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to continue the journey with you. I should switch to WordPress too sooner or later.

    • yeah! I am glad I did it. Like so glad. It was way less scary than I thought!

  • This new design is so beautiful and user friendly! I’m excited to read even more personal posts. I think these are easy to get away from, because they’re often more difficult to write, but these are my favorite to read and share!

    • It is so true, it requires just a bit more thought and planning but I just want to have a personal twist to everything in general! Also, I am so glad you feel at home with the new design! I do too!

  • love. love. love. such a cute yet classy design!!!! great work Beth!

  • love the beautiful new design, congrats on the launch!

  • I love the new site design!! I’m rebranding right now and your new launch has me so excited for mine! (Whenever that may be!)

  • Nichole Weber

    How exciting! The new Logo is amazing! Can’t wait to see more.

  • Love the new look and I’m excited for you and all that’s to come!

  • Bailey

    I love the redesign!

  • I know I said it on Insta, but I LOOOVE this! You go girl!! Love the new logo (altho I was totally using you to justify {in my head} big bloggers who still used blogger and not WordPress. But I get it–further up and further in! Haha) πŸ˜€ it looks great!

    • I know! I think I was also holding onto that claim for awhile too πŸ˜‰ but I felt like it was a good time to move to self hosted! and yes! Further Up and further in!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Such a pretty design! I’m excited for you!!

  • Beth – I absolutely LOVE Oak & Oats’ new look!! Congrats on the beautiful redesign

    • Thank you so much Emily! I was so nervous about the whole transition but it came out so well!

  • I love this look, especially the grey/blue scheme you picked! I had a similar experience a while ago, where I wanted to consolidate my topics and figure out how best to go forward. Most people liked authenticity as well! Excited to see the new directions Oak & Oats goes in the future (:

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

  • The site looks stunning! :))

  • Love everything about this! Can’t wait to see more!

  • Amy

    pretty much obsessed! and spent a solid 40 minutes trolling through the new layout!
    it’s stunning beth!

  • Yay! Love this new layout and the direction your blog is going πŸ™‚

  • Love this design! I am so pumped for the future of your blog! Honestly, just keep doing what you’re doing because I love your blog πŸ˜‰

  • Congratulations! Your new design looks beautiful.

  • I LOVE the new design, and can’t wait to see what’s next for you! Keep up the awesome work!

  • Natalie Carlson Brown

    Wow! I love this new design. So stylish & you. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! I really love it and it is so fun! You are so sweet and encouraging!

  • Erica Wagenhauser

    I love, love, love the new design! πŸ™‚ Cheers

  • Your blog looks AMAZING!