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New Site Launch: A Snappy, Meta-functional, Ever-So-Glam Redesign

17 May

Some of you may have already noticed that several months back, we launched this separate (but connected) blog, under the URL belleruthnaparstek.com, to house all our archived content and separate it from the commercial pages. We knew that while some people just wanted to just get on the site, buy something, and get the heck out, others preferred to loll about in the content and explore our miles and miles o' research abstracts, Q & A's, programs, practitioners and inspiring stories. (The weekly e-news that subscribers get features the current week's batch of new articles. If you want to sign up and haven't yet, just click here.)

Things were just getting too unwieldy - we literally had well over a decade of weekly research postings, answers to questions, mind-body updates, and so on. We'd become a virtual reference library for mind-body practitioners, health consumers, healthcare managers and grad students... many a term paper and grant proposal found its righteous ammunition in our archives.  But we had so much content, it was getting harder and harder for people to find the specific info they were looking for.

So we reorganized.  Now you can find research, archived by method or by health topic. And the new search engine will also pull together everything we've got about a disease or wellness area you're curious about - people, I love this feature!!  You can now enter topics like stress or diabetes or headaches or surgery into the search box, and - PRESTO CHANGE-O!! - you get all the Q & A's. research, stories, programs, updates, practitioners on that topic in a Google-like trice. And you can also order your search by most recent, most popular, by site section, and so on.  Dear Reader, I swoon over this function.  It's enough to make an obsessive heart sing.

So that was the first phase. We also updated the look of those new pages - which was a little weird, because for several months, the new blog side didn’t match our regular, old pages.  Now that's all about to be changed, and the commercial side is soon to be as gorgeous as the blog side.  So stay tuned… some time, toward the end of this week (we hope), after we test for glitches, the new shopping side will go live.  At the risk of revealing my shallow nature, I have to say I love the new look.

So don’t be too surprised when you get a whole new site after clicking on healthjourneys.com.  As usual, we’ll want your feedback. We’ll be counting on you to tell us what you like, and what you don't, so we can keep tweaking and fixing.  By now you've probably noticed that we actually pay attention to what you say.

And the shout-out for this very complicated masterpiece goes to David Buchmueller of emediacy.net. He does the artwork, and he does everything behind the artwork, like all the architecture and techie organization of info. He's also nice. Check him out if you’re looking to do a new site or redesign.

All best,

 

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award