Want Not is new and improved!

By Mir
May 13, 2010

Check it out—Want Not got a face lift. I don’t want to brag but ohmygosh don’t you love it? I am deeply indebted to the team at LEAP Design for their hard work and patience in getting this going.

Just a few things to mention:

1) While the site was updating, the team didn’t realize I had an automatic Twitter feeder, and consequently it automatically tweeted, oh, about 200 links to various things. Sorry about that. Hopefully you weren’t online when it happened. (But a few of you were, and tweeted all “Dude, what’s going on??” and I couldn’t answer you because… Twitter cut me off because I looked like a spambot. Whoops.) It’s all fixed now.

2) There is now a central repository of Want Not-affiliated stores for your perusing and shopping pleasure… located under the Shop Pretty tab, of course. Hovering over a store’s graphic gives you the link and any applicable coupon codes. You can search an alphabetical listing or browse by category. As this is the really big (read: non-cosmetic) change to the site, I’m particularly wanting feedback on how that works for you, if you like it, etc.

3) I know posting was light while we were getting this up and running. Thank you for your patience. I hope it was worth the wait!


  1. beautiful! 🙂 i love the colors, and how clean and bright it looks!

  2. Gorgeous!! I love it, truly.

    I’ve poked around a bit, and everything seems to work for me. (Firefox on a Win2KPro OS.)

    Love it love it love it love it!!!! Brava to you, and kudos to your elves. 🙂

  3. Love it! Much easier on the eyes. 🙂 When I go to the Shop Pretty page most of the icons aren’t showing up for me. When I hover over the spots where the icons are I do get the hover text, but I’m not seeing the icons themselves (for example, the entire “O” row is invisible, among others). I use Firefox. Other than that, it’s great!

  4. You finally recycled the Target bag! I jest…the design looks fantastic!

  5. I love it! It’s nice and bright. I never said anything because I don’t believe in complaining about things I enjoy for free, but I was pretty sick of that green you had before. 😛

  6. It’s SOOO much easier to read!

  7. Oh, and ditto for me on the no-show icons on the Shop Pretty page. Also on Firefox (3.6.3).

  8. Oh I pink puffy heart LOVE it! I agree with the other “clean and bright” comments. Love the Shop Pretty section!!! I will be using that a lot. I use Firefox and had no problem with the icons over there. I’m running Windows 7 so don’t know if that makes the difference.
    I’m curious to see what the Famous tab is for. The Contact tab isn’t working for me at all. I clicked it and nothing happened. So I clicked it like 50 more times and still nothing happened, lol.
    Overall, two thumbs up!!

  9. in my excitement about the new look, i forgot to tell you that all of the links work for me, affiliate links and site tabs alike (i’m using firefox on winXP). in your shop pretty section, all of the affiliate logos give me links and coup codes when i hover; totally diggin’ that feature! fab idea!

  10. So pretty!

  11. It’s lovely! So bright and fresh and when my eyes aren’t crossing from exhaustion, I’ll check the Shop Pretty tab. Everything is kinda swimmy now…

  12. I’ve been with you from the start! 🙂 I’m so proud of you and your awesome blog, Mir! Way to go! Love the new, grown-up look. 🙂

  13. The Contact problem?…my computer, not yours. Carry on…

  14. “Shop Pretty” ought to be awesome when I specifically want to shop online, but link from your site (so YOUR prettiness gets rewarded), it’ll be easier than looking for the most recent post about whatever store I’m looking for!

  15. wonderful!

  16. So pretty! Although I first had to get over my confusion – I thought I had gone to the wrong site. Am I the only one? Okay then.
    In Firefox, I am having the same issue as some other people that the affiliate links are invisible, but the text shows when I hover. No problem when I switched to Safari.

  17. Love it! So pretty!

  18. Love it! Love the Shop Pretty links all in one handy place!!

  19. So clean and very bright! A much easier read with the bigger font too! Yay! I’m so proud of you! 🙂

  20. This is great! Much easier for me to read.

  21. Love the new look. The Shop Pretty page is a fabulous idea, beautiful execution.

  22. Very, very pretty indeed! The shop pretty section works fine for me — love the way the coupons pop up for a quick look!

  23. much easier to read, but am I the only one who misses the Amazon box? lol also, a link to “home” in your nav bar should be added, not everyone gets to click the header.

  24. Lookin’ spiffy pretty! The brighter layout is just a nice fresh look. Way to go!

  25. So pretty and shiny and sparkly! I love it!

  26. Ooo, I love the new design!
    And, I also love the “bottom line” thing that I get on my Google reader. It’s very handy!

  27. I don’t like change. I’m not good with change. I love green, I miss the green. That being said, this is a very good change. Don’t worry about me, I’ll increase my therapy to deal with this huge change in my life. Everything will be fine. 🙂 Congrats lady. You and your site are even prettier now. Shall we celebrate with shoes? Some green ones perhaps?

  28. *applauds*

  29. Love. I never thought your site could get better and it just did. You are the best!

  30. Love the colors and design! Very fresh and pretty and clean-looking. Everything works as it should for me as far as I can tell.

    I agree that a Home button would be a good idea. Also I will miss the titles that navigate to the next post or the previous post. (I know there’s a name for that…can’t come up with it.) Almost always I see your new posts on Twitter and go directly to them. But when I do come directly to your site it is nice to be able to navigate to individual posts.

  31. Wow! Love the new design. I think the ‘Shop Pretty’ section is beyond brilliant. Kudos to you and your team!

  32. I love it!

  33. So nice and fresh! Looks great!

  34. Wow! Nice fresh new look. As an added bonus, your new site now looks as pretty on my blackberry as it does on my laptop. I like the shop pretty section – very useful.

    And the twitter spam was pretty hilarious. I figured it was some kinda snafu eventually, but I was really puzzled for a while there…

    Good work. Just don’t change the snark. I need the snark. k?

  35. Very nice, Mir! I do miss the green just a tad, though!

  36. I like clean and lots of white space, but I’m still trying to figure out if the text is a dark grey or black. I’m not getting as much contrast between the text and the background as I’d like and I’m not sure if that’s just me this morning 🙂

  37. Love it! I’m running Google Chrome on Windows 7 and so far everything is working fine for me – I can see all of the images on the shop pretty page and get the text when I hover over them. I definitely like that new feature, because I too have gone looking through posts to find the coupon code I remembered seeing days before! I think you just got even prettier Mir!

  38. Well, aren’t you just super-awesome and new and polished today? Seriously, it looks fantastic and I love the Shop Pretty idea — gonna go check it out!

  39. love it! site looks great! it is so easy to read.

  40. I do love it! Makes me feel laundry-fresh.

  41. SO PRETTY! Just like you!

  42. I’m giggling over the laundry fresh comment. 😉
    The Shop Pretty page isn’t working for me, either.

  43. I checked out your site early this AM and thought I went to the wrong site! Looks great – yes, laundry fresh is right! I do miss the green. Seemed so no-frills & to-the-point, unlike all the other glitzy sites out there. I can change…change is good…(do miss green)…will march on towards progess…!

  44. Grace, glad to know I’m not the only one who kind of misses the green! 🙂

  45. looks nice but the shop page is all messed up for me. i think my adblocker is blocking all the pretty icon graphics but i do get the pop-up text when i move the mouse around on the blank page.

  46. I kinda miss the green, but the Shop Pretty section more than makes up for it. How wicked cool! No more digging through several days of posts to figure out where that coupon code for The Blah-Blah Factory you posted recently got off to!

    Not that I don’t love your sparkling prose, but when there are deals on the line, I kinda get twitchy and irritable, and am unable to appreciate prose, no matter how sparkling, until the deal is sealed. I’m sure you understand. 🙂

  47. Very pretty. Nice job, Mir!

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