The View From Here: Blog Design

The View from HereLast week was really rainy and fairly cool, but we are back to high temperatures as July quickly draws to a close.  It hasn’t been the hottest summer I’ve ever experienced, thankfully, so I try to remind myself of that!  This week, Shayla and I are discussing blog design.

Today’s question is: How Often Do You Change Your Blog’s Design?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, then you know the answer is A Lot!  When I moved here from Blogger, I tried to keep things looking exactly the same at first, so people would recognize it as the same blog.  But then I started spreading my wings a little and changing things here and there.  Shayla designed a lovely new header for me, which I kept for several months, before moving on to something more minimal.  And then I decided to take on a complete blog redesign with Kory Woodard this spring, and I’m thrilled with the results!

Walking with Cake: My moodboard by Kory Woodard

(My blog’s moodboard, created by Kory Woodard.)

Kory is a really talented graphic design student, and she captured the exact look I was imagining.  Picking images for my moodboard was incredibly fun, and it was wonderful to see my general ideas come to life.  We didn’t do anything too drastic, and Kory helped me keep the focus on my writing, which was the original goal.

Now things just feel the way they’re supposed to look, and I’m planning to keep this design for a long, long time.  I have a growing appreciation for graphic design, but it is something that doesn’t come naturally to me.  It took me a while to realize I needed professional help (pun intended), but it was an experience that I’d definitely recommend.

If you’re a blogger, how do you feel about blog design?  Is it something you enjoy, or did you find a designer?  Don’t forget to check out Shayla’s response, because she is really talented when it comes to design, too.

(Moodboard sources listed here.)

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