I didn’t think it would be this stressful, updating the design for my blog. The old look was outdated, with clashing colors and hard for people to share. Time for a new attitude! For the past couple weeks, I checked out other blogs, tested different formats.
What image was I trying to evoke?
Which had a clean design? Uncluttered?
Where could I best highlight some of my photographs?
Which allowed easy and obvious sharing?
Which said ME?
Which formats would best show the work I have already shared?
After searching a variety of sites, I can say that there certainly are a wide variety of WordPress formats to fit many personalities, uses, and goals.
I selected a handful I thought I might like, then ignored that list for a couple days. After a final review, I whittled that list down to 2 I liked. Time to test! I tried one, and it was way too in-your-face. I changed it to the one you see here: Hemingway Rewritten. Spare, lots of white space, like his writing, of which I have become a huge fan over the last couple years.
Once I finalized the theme, I added the widgets, cover shot, re-organized the columns.
Would anyone but me notice? Would anyone care? And is this representative of who I am, today? tomorrow?
Personally, I like the updated design. I think it easily shows who I am.
Now I wonder–do I like my content? My posts are simple, honest, emotional, reminders. There are short articles, photos, poems, rants, feelings, growth. Too much? Too little? For now, like Goldilocks, I say just right. Or write.
P.S. The day after I wrote this, I noticed that People.com updated their design. I wonder how many people and how much time went into their changes?
P.P.S Feel free to share your feedback or suggestions on the new look.