The New Look

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:

What Made Me Smile Today

The original header image template

What Made Me Smile Today

The new design!

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.Β  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!

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What do you think of the new look?

Has your blog undergone any huge cosmetic changes recently, and how did you find it?

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You can read my previous post here.

-Morgan

34 thoughts on “The New Look

  1. I like the new look…though I liked the old one, too…I can see your designer’s eye come into play in the need for everything to measure up just so! πŸ™‚

    I purposefully chose a style for my blog that I knew I would like forever (or round about)…since trying to change everything would’ve driven me crazy. πŸ˜›

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    • Thank you! Definitely. I’m such a perfectionist haha.
      Even though I love changing it up, I think this will be the first and last time I do so! I think it’s really addictive, but I can understand why people don’t like to. :p

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  2. I’m always tinkering my the layout of my blogs, even if its just slight changes. Improving it every now and then is a really good thing, to make it look and feel nicer, and for the readers use and enjoyment. Nice one πŸ™‚

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  3. My blog went through more than a cosmetic change – I switched away from WordPress entirely – to Squarespace, onto the domain of my name, and switched to using Disqus for comments, and MailChimp for subscriptions. I just got fed up with the “walled garden” environment of the major blogging platforms.

    That being said, I’m exprimenting now with cross-posting back into *all* the walled gardens – WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and LiveJournal – to see which communities have the best engagement.

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  4. This comment has *nothing* to do with this post….but before I forget, I wanted to let you know I just became aware of a new addition to the Lunar Chronicles — called Stars Above, and it’s a collection of short stories related to the main characters. Also, Marissa Meyer has a new book coming out soon, called Heartless — a new take on Alice in Wonderland. I remembered seeing somewhere in my online browsings that you’re an Alice fan, too. πŸ™‚ Happy reading!

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