Have a look at the new design!
After years of publishing with the same free template and .blogspot.com address, I finally upgraded. This wasn't a project I could face alone.
Darcy of Graphically Designing pushed me to create a more intuitive navigation, with clearer categories and an easier-to-remember address (likemerchantships.org). Your old links here should still work, too.
The best part of an established blog is the chance to introduce you to new and noteworthy posts around the internet. Click on Food For Thought, and you'll see a page full of updated, interesting links.
Finally, you'll notice ads on the sidebar. I've kept Like Merchant Ships ad-free for years longer than most blogs. I couldn't reconcile ads in a place that encourages you NOT to buy, and I've turned down lucrative opportunities rather than lose editorial control. But my family budget can't maintain a website that has outgrown its free options and my time.
So here's my compromise:
The content at Like Merchant Ships will remain the same, free of all paid posts and PR product reviews. The only product placement you'll see will be naturally occurring, for items I've bought on my own dime.
The ads you see on the sidebar will be reserved for goods and services I personally use. I will not sell space to a company that doesn't add significant value for my family (and yours). As I feature a new merchant, I'll take a moment to disclose why it meets that criteria.
As always, I encourage you to find a library book over Amazon and a choose yard sale toy over another trip to Target.
I hope you find the changes for the better. It's a project to which I've given a lot of thought, and if you have any suggestions, do let me know!