pinkshoes: I agree with you on the phone/tablet point. MUCH easier to use.
But, as others have said, many of us have an emotional connection with the website (that sounds super corny but I couldn’t figure out any other way to put it), which has made this whole new look sort of difficult. I realize its just a website, but I have relied on it for years for countless pieces of advice. To me it was a network of interconnected women relying on eachother for imput, advice, and to celebrate achievements and big news, mourn losses, etc.
I was a lurker on the bee year or so after I met my husband-to-be. Even though I am not an avid poster, and actually didnt even make a profile until AFTER I got married, I relied immensely on the advice of the amazing women on this board. When my husband and I were dating, I felt joy (and jealousy) when others were proposed to, stalked the waiting threads a bit, crept around the ring boards and admired other the other ladies jewelry. I found the exact engagement ring I wanted on this board and received it when my husband proposed.
In my “planning” stages, I used this website to figure out a creative way to ask my bridesmaids to be in my wedding, I used it for etiquette questions, I used it to figure out when to send out save the dates and invitations.
Finally, I designed my wedding around concepts I found among this group of posters. I found gorgeous centerpieces which I replicated, and found some great local deals here as well. I actually took pieces of other bees’ ceremonies since I couldnt find one I liked online. I got help with literally every aspect of my wedding, which is a profoundly important and emotional milestone in someone’s life.
While I am adapting to this new interface, I think what bothers me the most is that it is so foreign.
I guess what it boils down to is the fact that the new format feels largely commercial, impersonal, and cold, if that makes sense.
Sorry for the essay, I was just trying to pinpoint why the change has been difficult for many members. I hope what I wrote makes sense.