Today, I’m welcoming another new change to my site. Although it’s not as significant as the complete title and URL switch up (previously The Secret Diary of a Computer Science Student), I’ve decided to completely redesign the header template that I use for each post. I love it. I have a constant need for consistency, and even though my previous header images were similar in style, I just needed something better.
I’ve always really liked using set header images for each post. Personally, I think it makes a blog look more put together. However, my new blog layout (have you noticed it yet? It’s a lot nicer!) displays each header image on the home page so, of course, good looking header images are now more important than ever.
Here’s an example of the new changes, using my “What Made Me Smile Today” post:
So, what did I change?
I changed the font. My handwriting style font is long gone, and I chose a very similar looking serif font to the one used on my blog. After changing my blog template, I scrolled down my home page and wasn’t happy with the handwriting/simple font cross over. So, I changed it.
I changed the text layout. Previously, my blog title was positioned beneath the title. However, when displaying my header images on the home page, my new blog template kind of cut into the bottom of the text. I didn’t like that, obviously.
I changed the transparency of my images. Instead of making the whole image transparent and layering the text over the top, I decided to only lower the transparency around the text. Bolder colours = good. To be more specific, I kept the transparency of my images at 100%, and in fact added a new slightly transparent rectangle.
I created a box to shove all the goodness in. As above, my header images are now good old constricted boxes of no-mistakes. Everything fits in that box and it’s all way easier to read.
Am I done?
I am. I’m completely done with the changes, and I’m happy with my blog’s new look. Throughout the coming weeks, I think I’m going to go through the rest of my old blog posts (sigh… around 150 more to go), and create new header images for them.
It’ll take a while, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end!
What do you think of the new look?
Has your blog undergone any huge cosmetic changes recently, and how did you find it?
You can read my previous post here.