Last week, as I was working on my blog, I realized that I wasn’t really happy with the way it looked. I know, I know, I just changed its look relatively recently (maybe six months ago or so?), but I’m a perfectionist and there were things about it that were rubbing me the wrong way. It was too dark, and it looked like it weighed a ton. It was kind of depressing, in a sense. So I started looking for a lighter background; I wanted something textured, something bookish, maybe something paper-ish. I was obviously looking in all the wrong places, because I couldn’t find anything I liked.
I was also unhappy with the way the widgets looked. I was starting to become annoyed with their separateness, if you will. I thought they looked messy and distracting. I was actually thinking of setting up a whole new theme, which would have taken a lot of time (because of my already mentioned perfectionism).
The header. I wanted a new header. Something that I would be happy with for a long time. Something that I could call mine that I felt really represented my blog. The header that my husband put together for the old look was wonderful. I loved it. But again, it started to look heavy and I felt it was too big and too dark.
I mentioned all of this on Twitter, and asked for advice from someone whose design skills I really respect. We chatted about it, and she made me realize that I really just needed to lighten the whole thing up (which was my original thought). She found me the awesome background I’m now using, AND she designed the image you now see in the header, which I LOVE. (I tweaked it a little, but she did all of the hard work.) I couldn’t be happier with our results.
So I would just like to give @grngeekgirl of Insatiable Booksluts a public ‘thank you’ for making me love the look of my blog again. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are truly wonderful for putting up with my perfectionism…and the million questions I asked…and my lack of design skills…and my ignorance when it comes to finding certain things on the internet. You rock.