Hey guys. As you may know, my love for blog design is nothing new. Yesterday I did some experimenting with my blog layout once again. If you were here, you saw the madness that was my blog for most of yesterday. I actually purchased another layout I’d had my eye on for weeks now only to find I hated it.
While I wasted $50 (hoping I can get a refund…) and a lot of time trying to get it to work out, I still came out on top. Because now I have a new layout still reminiscent of the old one but better. And made by me. There is something about the designer in me that just loathes using premade layouts. I simply must design it myself.
What I’m going for with this redesign is simplicity. I look at this blog for hours when I work on it and check it throughout the day. I want to love what I am looking at, and I just wasn’t with what I had before. I changed my header image to reflect peaceful pictures of my life that also capture the beauty and vintage-artsyness that I love about design. I don’t really think this layout represents a “healthy living blog” or running/workout blog that much. And that’s okay with me, as I think I will be gravitating away from all of that in the coming months, especially with Baby Bee on the way.
I realized through my redesign and much frustration that I don’t really use this blog as a diary anymore. And it makes me wicked sad sometimes. Like, this is my place to speak. So why am I not speaking?
The truth is, when I’m frustrated or have “less than ideal” feelings, I don’t know what the heck to say. Wouldn’t it be much more convenient to display how things are so together? Sometimes I think this.
I also struggle lately because I want to develop this blog. I want to create content that will get used or that people need. But too often, I am starting to feel that all my content is need-based content instead of balanced between real life and useful posts.
A while back I said I had some new blogging rules. And I did start forgiving myself for breaking the unwritten laws of blogging that I feel I must abide by at times (trust me, this is a facade). I’ve felt a lot more joy for my blog lately, but I understand I struggle when things aren’t perfect. I guess I just feel bad complaining. Things are so good in my life, so what right do I have posting my “woes” on the internet? But that’s where this has gone all wrong. I believe the lie that I can’t talk about things unless they are ideal or good. It’s too stifling. So I felt like sharing all that to combat this I-am-not-real-on-here feeling.
Something else that scares me is that my writing style suddenly turns crazy serious and almost depressing to me when I start writing “from the heart.” Please tell me it’s not that bad?
Anyway, since this post is so far photo-less (another thing that annoys me about my random thought posts), here is what we had for dinner last night.
Pork chops, sweet potato/squash mash, & brussel sprouts
I was extremely irritated yesterday from blog design woes and just being a cranky pregnant lady, so hubby made dinner. And omg, he is a great cook. This was such a good meal on a day I just needed to be “fed” in so many ways.
Questions for You:
- Do you struggle with opening up about issues on your blog?
- How often do you think blogs should change their design?