Good morning Just Jane 1813 readers! Today, I am so excited to relaunch Just Jane 1813 and show you the new blog design!
I can’t thank my readers enough for answering my survey in July and making recommendations for the redesign of this blog. You had such lovely feedback for me and you offered responses that helped us create an easier, and hopefully, more attractive blog to navigate. It is my greatest hope that Janeites from all over the world continue to find this to be a warm, supportive community for sharing all things related to Jane Austen.
There are several new categories here on the top menu bar, but some are still empty; over time I will add posts to these categories, as my plans for future posts reflect many of your own preferences for future posts too. I would also love to have more readers join me as subscribers to Just Jane 1813. Signing up is easy, as there’s a reminder when you enter the blog and a place on the sidebar for signing up as well. Please know that I never sell or give your information away to anyone. My subscriber number used to also reflect my Just Jane 1813 Facebook and Twitter followers, but the move to the new blog host no longer allows this number to include these subscribers. I will still continue to post through Facebook and Twitter, but the only followers reflected in my numbers are readers who subscribe to the actual blog itself.
If you were already a subscriber to Just Jane 1813, I thank you for your continued support! Please know that there’s no need for you to reregister, as your readership will continue throughout this move. There will also be a new format to my reviews and soon there will be a searchable database that you can use to explore book reviews, from the categories bar on the left-hand sidebar.
There’s a lot to explore, and I’d love to hear your feedback! I have a great week of posts planned for my readers, as my way of saying “thank you” for being such thoughtful and lovely Just Jane 1813 readers and to say thank you to all of the generous and talented JAFF authors who have supported my blog too!
Please feel free to explore the beautifully illustrated Austen family crest on the sidebar. It was part of my inspiration for the new logo header. I kept the red wax seal and the quills from my first logo, to symbolize the numerous letters that are written throughout all of Austen’s novels. The stag antlers surrounding the seal represent the stag from the Austen family crest, which is a symbol of peace and harmony, and represents a person of the policy. I felt this was a fitting way to incorporate Austen’s own family heritage into the logo.
The blog is about 95% completed. You may see an area that still appears unfinished. I am working hard to finish all of these areas and to get back to my regular posting schedule. I also want to thank Shari Miller, who owns and operates Little Blue Deer Design. Her patience and time meant a lot to me, especially when I felt like I must have been her most time-consuming client, with all of my questions and never-ending revisions.
If you’re interested in shopping at the Etsy shop where I bought several of my blog images, feel free to visit Nancy Nikko’s Etsy store. She has an amazing collection of original artwork and book lovers will find lots to love here too!
In a separate post today, I also have an interview with L.L. Diamond, whose new book, Particular Intentions, is being released tomorrow. For readers who prefer paperback copies, the paperback is already on sale at Amazon. I will have a review of this book, along with a very generous giveaway from L.L. Diamond, during the upcoming week.
So, please stay tuned for a great week of posts and giveaways too! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new blog look, and welcome all of your comments on the post below.
You can also click on the Austen family crest on the sidebar to go to the link below and learn more about Jane’s family tree:
The subject of this website is the genealogy of the Austen family: Jane Austen’s ancestors; the descendants of her brothers; and details of many of the other families associated with them. It begins with Joan Corder’s Akin to Jane – the first genealogical study of George Austen and Cassandra Leigh’s descendants. This work, written in 1953, has until now only been available in manuscript.
The links below also have more information about Jane’s family history, including her family crest.
Akin to Jane is a genealogical work, and not meant to be read from cover to cover. There are pages of family memories that should interest and delight anyone who enjoys reading Jane Austen’s novels.
This page has information about Joan Kersey Corder, who illustrated the crest on the sidebar and who devoted many years researching Jane’s family tree.
This page contains notes by Joan Kersey Corder, and Ronald Dunning, the two people who have worked extensively on uncovering Jane’s family tree.
This is an interview with Ronald Dunning, where he describes updates to his work, some fascinating connections in Jane’s family tree and his plans for sharing it with other.
Thanks for visiting Just Jane 1813 and please check out L.L. Diamond’s interview today!