Announcement: New Blog Design!
Welcome to my new (and hopefully) improved blog! I've been planning this change for a while mostly because I want my blog to be more user friendly and accessible to those viewing it on mobile devices. You have may noticed I've been making some tweaks here and there on some of my blog images. This was mostly because I was getting ready for my complete design overhaul. I'm still fairly new to blogging (only 5 months in) but as I've become more active on Pinterest and other social networking sites I started to notice something - most bloggers had a consistent theme and they stuck with it. I'm not only talking about their blog websites as a whole, but also with the use of their header images. Since I'm a graphic designer, I'm always trying out new typefaces, colors and layouts, but when you're blogging and trying to create an image for yourself this isn't such a great idea. I really wish I paid more attention to this earlier in the process - it would have saved me A LOT of time and frustration.
Blogging has been a learning experience and the best way to learn is to do it yourself. After much consideration I finally decided it was time to give my blog and images a complete makeover. This was no easy task. I got a lot of my inspiration from other successful bloggers and tried to imitate their styles on my website design, which was a mistake. Because I wasn't trying to do my own design I had several different pages branching out into other pages which caused my website to be very slow. Once I started updating the images, I had to go through every single page and blog in order to create a cohesive theme. It was extremely tedious and slow. You may have noticed that I kept some of the blog images - this because they either fit well or I didn't have the energy to change them. At some point I'll eventually update them all, but I really wanted to roll out the new website as soon as possible to share with all of you.
For those of you that use Squarespace, the template I'm using is called Skye and was specifically created for bloggers in mind. I did a lot of research on this template and I only heard good things about it. Although I haven't had it that long, so far I really like it. It's easy to navigate and there are no more latency issues. I wanted to get away from colored text and use more black and grays to keep a clean and modern look.
The redesign took me about a week to get everything prepared and make sure my code worked as it should. It's always the smallest details that take the longest. I would really like to know what you think of the new blog design and hope you aren't confused by the sudden change.