I finally did it. Y’all. It’s here.
I’m still working on some of the details, but I’ve finally moved to my new layout and I am SO happy!
THE OLD WAY (Early 2012):
My biggest complaint with my other blog layout was that it felt SO cluttered. My goal this time was to keep the look as clean as possible while still having those cute elements I really loved about the old look.
So I cut out a lot of things that weren’t really important and tried to streamline the things I couldn’t let go of. See the left sidebar? I found a way to let my personality come through without cluttering stuff up:
Now for those of you who just like to check in every few days or weeks, you’ll want to pay attention to this part – I moved to an excerpt format for older posts so my page wouldn’t just scroll for days. It means you have to click to read the full post and remember to click previous to check if you missed anything.
This also means you don’t have to wait while the blog loads 600 pictures on each post or what have you so that’s a good thing. If you normally read through a feed reader this shouldn’t impact you at all – my full posts should display there as always.
One of my favorite parts is my footer:
I love that it shows off my Instagram and Pinterest feeds. They make me happy and this seems like a really good place for them since they’re not “essential” elements and just fun ones.
This also shows off one of the things I still need to finish – my buttons! I’m hopelessly behind at updating my blog buttons so that’s at the top of my to-do list. I’m still working on the nav menu, cleaning up some other stuff, and making sure all my pages are up to date.
But for the most part I’m really happy with how it all turned out and though I have some more work to do I’m glad I finally got it done after so much time just talking about it! Check this off my (rather frightening) to-do list for the week!
What projects have you been putting off? How does your week look?