Saturday, June 30, 2012

I couldn't vlog so I redesigned my blog instead

Oh well looky here. Bit of a nip, bit of a tuck. What do we think?

I've been looking in to blog redesign for a few months now. I asked around, got some recommendations, some prices and even flirted with the idea of moving to Wordpress for all of three minutes (before freaking out because everyone keeps getting hacked) then ran back to my precious Blogger platform to stroke it like a kitten. "It's OK baby, mama won't leave you. I love you."

After all that research, tonight I sat down, slightly despondent that The Weekend Whine had to be postponed for yet another week (because I'm not well and still don't have a voice) and with a "fuck it, I did the first one myself and it wasn't entirely terrible" attitude, created this.

I've said so long to my little stork. Farewell to the little baby. Auf wiedersehen to the light blue background with squiggly swirls. And goodbye to the baby spew tag line since, you know, there is no baby spew these days.
Bye bye, bloggy baby
Yes, there's still a lot of blue. I like blue. And green. My mother always said "blue and green should never be seen" and I'm going to go against that because, well, because I can.

But I gave you BLACK writing on a WHITE background so there will be no more grumbling that my blog isn't white enough mmkay?!

I gave myself a Facebook page makeover and new button too! You want one? It's over in my side bar, just waiting for you to take it home and make it yours. Just remember, a Glow Button isn't just for Christmas, it's for life. Or until you update your sidebar. Whichever comes first.

There's still a few bugs about the place - there is a weird floating invalid app thingy happening on the front page and a bizarre colour change thing going on that I can't fix and will need to pay someone to do for me. But hey, it's not too bad, it's still a work in progress and it only took me a few hours.

Thanks to those who threw words at me the other week when I asked what the first thing that popped in to your head when you thought of me or this blog. Because of you, words like 'eyebrows' and 'hairtastic' are now plastered all over the place for all to see. Just as they should be.

Whatcha reckon? Has my blog grown up?

55 comments:

  1. I love the new look! It looks so much like how I picture your IRL . . . so much more than just a mommy, the whole Glow picture.

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  2. Funky new look!!

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  3. looks fabulous, bit like it's owner. x

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  4. Really liking the new look! Definitely grown up.


    My Mum always said Pink & Green should never be seen, so I say Blue & Green is AOK!

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  5. Jane @ Hesitant HousewifeJune 30, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Looks great, I really like it :)

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  6. Very clean and pretty! I love it. Very grown up!! :)

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  7. flyingdrunkenmonkeyJune 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    love it! Well done :)

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  8. whiningattheworldJune 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Looks great.

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  9. Very grown up! I do like it! Blue and green.. should be seen! I'm all for a self blog makeover.. and I love that you used all the words for the background. Super star :) Loz @Ninjatales

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  10. You know how much I hate change, right? Right? But it's kind of growing on me. Even the background. And I can't see a strange floaty box. I feel I am missing out.


    But, really, I love that you did it all yourself and I love that pic of yours in the header and the header font.


    I will be doing mine soon. Probably on wordpress. I'm not scared :-/

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  11. The strange floaty box is only on the front page, so if you're viewing this by the post URL you won't see it. I know, crazy! And I LOVE that it's growing on you :)

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  12. Thanks, Loz! I felt like a complete buffoon asking people to give me words, but it was for the greater good :P

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  13. Thank you! Now if only I could fix those bugs!

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  14. Thanks, Cassie! I'm 90% happy with it :)

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  15. Cheers, Rhonda! If only I'd stopped procrastinating earlier!

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  16. Thanks, Yvette! Now to work on the bugs.

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  17. Cheers, Ames! I think I'm used to it already. Should've taken a few screen caps of the old because I can't remember it much anymore and it's only been 12 hours

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  18. Thanks, Jane! Change is as good as a holiday, right?

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  19. Pink and green, you say? Hrmmm, I think our mothers would get along.

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  20. Thanks Chantel! I still can't see your blog #sadpanda

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    1. Boo! I can get away with saying that it's full of awesome content then - ha ha! You and my mum can't see it, go figure! Try onemorecup88@blogspot.com
      As that is where it is redirected from. I am changing the URL tomorrow, so will see if I can get some advice. Maybe it's time to move to a self hosted Wordpress............ Will have to have a chat with Kelly E!

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  21. What a gorgeous thing to say, thank you so much, Jen!

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  22. Love it... Clean and sophisticated.

    But my button!!! Where is my button?

    *sobs in the corner*

    BTW first time commenting from mah iPad HUZZAH!

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  23. oooo, it's totally gorge. Am deeply envious in fact. But then I am always deeply envious of your awesome blogging *bats eyelashes*

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  24. Absolutely adore it.So glad the baby has grown.My mum said the same about the blue and green and I love that you went against it.Who would have thought.LOve the Grab Me pics amd all the amazing words that are YOU.The best part is that you have fun with your blog and get so much joy out of it that we can feel it too.Xx

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  25. Oh, I love it! And blue and green totally go together. And Wordpress IS scary. I keep thinking about the change and then chickening out too!

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  26. Oooh, very noice! Love a good blog redesign every now and again. Kind of like a good spring clean (so people tell me, I don't really spring clean... Or clean... Whatever!)

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  27. Like a LoT & I have always loved blue and green together . Yes siree

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  28. It's about time you updated from the stork and the baby spew, and what a great job you've done. Rubbish to ' blue & green should never be seen'... it works! :-)

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  29. Love your new funky bloggie frock!

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  30. I freaking love it! You are too clever! I am heading word press way. I think. Maybe. Not. Whatever. Love the changes you have made here. Its fresh, baby fresh.

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  31. Thanks, Lee! I'm too scared of WP and I don't think I know enough about backend tweaking to warrant swapping over.

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  32. Love it Glow!!! I revamped mine a few weeks ago and thought about wordpress for a short second too. I love blogger :)

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  33. I rate it.
    It'd be better with boobies though.
    How do you feel? Fresh. Like it opens some new doors and closes some old one's?

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  34. This is me shutting up then (white background and all). Is that Love Ya Like a Sister font? Either way, you have excellent taste.

    Am now off to tinker with mine because now thanks to blogopolis I now know that my design is shit.

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  35. I love the idea of being able to do all the backend stuff... but I don't actually know *HOW* to do the backend stuff :P

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  36. It is! And now that I've looked at yours I can see it's the same!! I put the title in to the font generator and picked 12 that looked nice, and that was my winner. I didn't even realize it was the same - no lowercase g's for me to twig :P

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  37. We are font sisters! It is awesome!!

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  38. Acknowledging it is the first step, right?

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  39. You're so cute, your comments have made me laugh so much I'm coughing up a lung.

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