New Blog Look
My blog has a new look. If you’re reading this in your Google Reader or via Email Subscription, you’ll have to click off now.
I have wanted a new header for quite some time but since I don’t know Photoshop (only Lightroom) I didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to someone to design one or have a million emails up and back about what I did and didn’t want.
I came across a woman who sells semi-customizable yet pre-made headers and I saw the framework of the header that I ultimately went with.
Her price was fair and reasonable, and I said, what the heck and bought it.
And now I have a new header!
And I made some other individual minor changes but they add up to a cleaner vibe which is what I was going for.
Here’s a screen shot of the old blog
Here’s what I changed:
I moved the ordering of my columns from: sidebar + main content area + sidebar (and the sidebars were both the same width)
to: main content area + sidebar + sidebar (and made the first sidebar slightly wider so that I could accommodate a FoodBuzz cube-shaped ad + one skycraper rather than two vertical skyscraper ads)
I also widened the area for pictures so now my photos are just slightly bigger
Here’s the old size
Bigger is better in most everything. Up to a point, of course, but I hate dinky photos!
In the process I moved around the sidebar widgets, deleted others (recent comments, recent tweets)
I removed the faint gray lines that divided the columns
Removed the gray color from the top menu tabs/navigation bar, i.e. About, Popular, Recipes, etc
Now everything is just solid white and clean
I have a few other changes I’d like to make but all of this (with the exception of actually creating the header) I did myself!
I need to find someone to help me with a few other items, though.
For instance, I want customized social media icons. But since I don’t know Photoshop, I can’t create the icons myself. <– Not yet anyway. Another reason I have to learn it is because once a week there’s something minor I want to do and that if I only knew PS, I’d be in business.
Blogs and websites, always a work in progress.
This little makeover is just one of the behind-the-scenes things I alluded to in my Disses & Kisses post
So it’s not done yet, but it’s getting there. Until 3-6 months from now when I want to re-do things, again. It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. A million times. And keep changing it! Or in this case, keep changing her blog.
Thanks to those of you who commented that you noticed the changes in my Power Snacks post. I was literally going up and back in an email firestorm with the woman doing my header and with FoodBuzz and moving widgets around by myself all morning. I didn’t want to blog about it until a bit of the chaos had passed.
I could use one of these balls right about now
1. Feedback so far on the changes?
And if you tell me you don’t like it, well, I’m probably not going to do much about it, but you can tell me anyway. Knowing is better than not knowing!
2. For the bloggers or those who have and maintain websites, do you find yourself always wanting just a little something done to your site? Do you have anyone who helps you with these things who’s fabulous? Feel free to share their info in the comments section.
I am in need of someone to help me with site-related projects and have sent emails to a few different people and have either gotten:
price quotes in the 4-figure range for what I wanted done (and pretty much just did myself what I wanted done and it cost me nothing! other than what I paid for the header)
the people simply don’t email back and are not responsive at all
or they do email back but are busy/booked/traveling/on vacation/etc and can’t start my project for x amount of time (Well by then I could change my mind again. Blogs and websites are a business of now. As in, wanted it done yesterday. I realize it all takes time and everyone is busy <–great for you$$ if you’re that busy! but 4 to 12 week waits just aren’t happening for me. Or anyone I know.)
So as I said in my Blogging 101 Series, Google is your best friend.
Researching it, google, youtube videos, online forums,
spending an inordinate amount of time at it, trial and error, and tweaking things until you get it right, really, that’s just best because then going forward you can just handle it. By yourself. For free.
That said, some things are and will always be over my head! I’m not a graphic designer or an IT person which is why fabulous, responsive, designers and tech support people are worth their weight in gold. I have a lead on someone who’s supposed to be helping me with a few things this week so hopefully that pans out.
Hope your week is off to a great start!