This is something I’ve wanted to do for ages, over two years at least. But every time something kept stopping me from fully going through with it, and also, (being a total fusspot) I kept finding specific aspects of new themes I’d picked out that I didn’t like, which led to me changing my mind and putting it off on about six different occasions.
Here are a few reasons it’s taken me so long to do this:
1. I don’t like change!
2. Other people don’t like change! (What if you guys didn’t like it?!)
3. Every time I found a theme I liked I kept finding something wrong with it – the text was too big! It didn’t have a sidebar! Etc. I’ve especially kept going back and forth between the Truly Minimal theme, Forever theme and Origin theme for two years or so behind the scenes.
4. Every time I changed my theme and did a preview it didn’t feel like it was my blog anymore because I was so used to the old design.
5. I wanted to wait until I had plenty of time to play around with graphics, aka when I had a break from university.
I’ve been using the same theme ever since I started blogging, the dark grungy version of Twenty Eleven with a custom added patterned background. While I absolutely loved this theme at first, (I went through a stage when I was obsessed with allllllll the dark colours) my taste has changed a lot since then and I now prefer brighter, sleeker and simpler designs with lots of blank space! I’ve also been aware for a long time that my dark design can be hard on the eyes, especially in dim lighting. Overall, I just felt like my blog needed a good spring clean and updating so that it reflected better who I am as a person now and the kinds of designs I like. 🙂
I already knew that I wanted to keep the same colour scheme, using pastels and the same blue and mint green hues I’d been using for ages (but putting them on a lighter background) and I eventually managed to settle on the Truly Minimal theme (mostly because it was simple, sleek and I didn’t have to make too many compromises on the features I wanted). Then I had to come up with a header image, which was the tricky part!
Lacking Photoshop and design/drawing skills of any kind, I really struggled with this part and had to rely on online photo editors like iPiccy and PicMonkey. Probably for the best with an amateur like me anyway! I wasn’t sure where to start other than that I wanted my blog badge to be a part of the design, so I messed around for hours trying different things, playing with colours and graphics (most of the time failing miserably and cursing my lack of creativity). Here are some of the rejects:
I was playing around with the settings again this week and was just about to decide on attempt 3, but something kept preventing me from pressing the button that would put it into effect. Something was bugging me, and I didn’t know what. On a whim, I had another play on a photo editing website – late at night when I really didn’t expect to get anywhere, and suddenly, I had it! I had found my design. It was so obviously simple that I hadn’t even bothered to try it before.
It’s minimal to the extreme, not particularly bookish and doesn’t even use my blog badge, but I love it. (It looks a lot better on my blog than in the screen shot.) It’s stylish, uncluttered and easy to read and uses the same typography as my blog badge. It states plainly what my blog is at a glance and I think it also looks pretty professional! To some people it may seem boring because there’s not a lot to it, and it’s possible I’ll still end up having a play around with it but for now, I’m so happy with it, and I hope you guys like it too! I’ve also added a couple of banners and things to my sidebar, so feel free to have a snoop. 🙂
It’s definitely going to take me a while to get used to staring at such a white screen, but I hope I can get on with this theme and that if I blog with it for long enough it will start to feel like my own!
So, now I ask you, awesome readers, have you ever had the same internal mind battle when changing your blog theme, or am I just a crazy person? Are you as bad with change as I am?! Which of my headers would you have picked?