New navigation, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

It’s hard to believe that ink. is already closing in on it’s four month anniversary! Each month I’ve learned a little more about what works, what doesn’t, and what people are looking for when they land on ink. Thus far ink. has had over 1000 unique visitors, almost 3000 page views, and over 200 likes and comments. It’s a little community that good, and I’m so grateful for everyone who stops by!

One of the areas that I’ve been working to optimize is navigation. “The Playlist,” “Reading list,” “Wine list,” etc. were all good landing spots, but they didn’t do much to help organize the bulk of the posts and content into usable categories. That’s why I’ve been working to overhaul the main menu on the homepage to be more user friendly and to make the content you want more easily accessible. You’ll notice these new pages are renamed, and the content on this page is reorganized to be more specific to certain topic areas. Who are you in the ink. community? Find your page, and find your corresponding posts!

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The “Home” and “About” pages remain the same. You can still find the whole ink. archive on the home page, and information about me and the blog on “About.” The rest of the pages are organized by topic.

Bookworms: All your reading lists, book recommendations, and reviews.

Foodies: Your one stop shop for recipes, dinner party ideas, and all things food related.

Soundhounds: Formerly the playlist, find your monthly music selections and podcast recommendations here.

The gINKgo Project: Are you a gINKgo project participant? Do you want to be? Did you find a note? All the updates on all the good things the gINKgo project is doing can be found here.

Thinkers: Looking for motivation, thoughts on life, being your best self, and big ideas? This is your catch all for all the thINKs.

Wanderers: If you’ve got wanderlust, we’ve got your travel stories and advice right here.

Winos: All ink. posts can be enjoyed with a good glass of vino, but if you’re looking for the ink. recommended wines, you’ll find them here! All your wine for your weekend recommendations, plus a few extras.

Hopefully the new setup helps you find what you’re looking for and INKspires you to come back for more again and again. If you have something you’d like to see on ink. or if there’s something that would make your browsing experience better, let me know! You’re the reason this is all here! Thanks for reading.

Friday kudos to…

The woman at City Hall who told me I was rocking my dress. It had been a long day, I was tired and burned out, and then there she was with such an uplifting compliment at just the right moment! It rocked.

My cast of The Giver who started rehearsals this week, and, for the first time in five years of directing, got all their absences pre-approved so that I could plan ahead for those who were going to be there. This is how it’s supposed to work! Let’s keep it going.

Last minute addition – The Cleveland Browns won their first football game in 650+ days, or something ridiculous like that. But really, kudos to the people in Cleveland who got to open the “victory coolers” that Budweiser had placed throughout the city. When the Browns finally won, a wifi signal released the locks, and it was free beer for all!

Wine for your weekend…

This week I’m headed off to a bachelorette party, and while part of me knows that doing shots long into the night is no longer a good idea post 30, the other part of me wants to do some serious celebrating with the bride! So let’s talk about a splurge bottle of wine, something to try on special occasions or when some serious celebrating is in order. We had an amazing bottle of Chardonnay on our honeymoon, and while the price point makes it a little out of reach for the normal weekend, it’s worth it at least once or twice. 2012 Peter Michael Ma Belle-Fille Chardonnay has been called the chardonnay or all chardonnays. Grown on the highest point of the vineyard, Ma Belle-Fille receives the most sunlight, but remains coolest because of the elevation point. The result is fruit that matures and ripens earlier than the rest of the vineyard, with a nice, robust flavor. 2012 was a particularly good year for Ma Belle-Fille, and the flavors of peach, pear, and almond are strong on the nose and all the way through the finish. Buttery and smooth, this is a good bottle to sip on and ages well, so maybe but a bottle now and save it up for your very special occasion.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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