Wednesday, June 23, 2010



Not to be horribly self-indulgent, but I've been working super hard over the last couple days perusing the interwebs to broaden my Photoshop and CSS skills, and all of that has culminated in my most recent blog design, which I created 100% by myself (and the help of the friendly tech-savvy people I found through Google, especially Kevin and Amanda).

Some of the new features I'm proud to be sporting are a custom-made header (with a background from Background Labs, and the font from Dafont, to give credit where credit is due!), fun text for my post titles and dates, tabs that contain all of my posts with a certain label (this was a LOT harder to do than I would have thought!), and a cute new button for ya'll to grab. That's right, this is one time that it's not rude to be handsy.

This isn't super tech-savvy, but I also created a new "Find of the Day" section of my sidebar, where every day I'll post a new blog or site that I've stumbled across that day that caught my attention. (Unfortunately, it will only be limited to those sites with buttons.)

I also installed a live traffic feed because there's nothing more fun than getting to see where in the world people are coming from to visit you! Talk about a road (slashocean) trip.

I hope you guys like my new features! I'm aiming for two things: (1) To make my blog more aesthetically pleasing, all while building up my arsenal of web design knowledge so that, perhaps someday, I can start doing it for others!, and (2) To make the blog more interesting, streamlined/clean, and easy to read.

I wish I had taken screenshots of my blog's evolution all along! It'd be so fun to go back and shudder at look at all its past forms!

What about you guys? Have you paid someone to re-vamp your blog? Taken it upon yourself, armed with Google and Blogger/Wordpress forums? Or is your blog the same today as it was the day you first started it?


  1. So fun! It looks great, you are the html genius!

  2. I love it! Pleasant to look at, easy to read- well done!! :-)

  3. You did a fabulous job sweets. The lovely lady who commented ahead of me helped us with our recent revamp!

  4. Haha thanks Melissa! But hardly.

    Hmm, maybe I'll need to go to our resident expert LiLu with my next meltdown/problem/burning question. The BonBonRose site looks GREAT! I think that bright blue is huge right now in the blogging community--I'm seeing it everywhere!

  5. It looks great! The only real website-design work I can do is playing around with other layouts, but it usually takes me hours to just figure out where to find the font for the title! I get frustrated too easily to put a lot of work in it. ;)

  6. Thanks Stephany! I get kind of frustrated too but I kind of enjoy it because it's the type of thing where I can say, okay, I KNOW that it can be done, I just have to figure out HOW. I really love the process of trial and error and mostly the feeling of accomplishment in learning something new. And your layout looks great!