Monday, December 29, 2008

This is What Happens When I Have Free Time

When I started this blog last summer, I made a vow that I would not use any pre-made templates or graphics. It would be my work, all the way. My "work," which consisted of a plain white background and a header that looked crummy, even though it took me a week to make it. When I signed in to the blog to check comments this morning, it just looked...shabby. Tired. Boring.

Looking at my boring blog made me think about my own wardrobe, and how much I love clothes. I love to dress up. I wear heels that would make a podiatrist flinch. Now, even though I have a sewing machine and the (rudimentary) skills to use it, I would never limit myself to wearing only clothes that I had made. So why was I limiting my blog to "wearing" only designs that I made?

Following that little epiphany, I decided to give my blog a makeover. I spent the morning looking at free blog templates and winnowing my choices down to a couple of decent ones. (I know; I could get a custom template, but "free" was a critical component here.) The early part of the afternoon was devoted to applying the template, futzing with all the settings, and trying to figure out some basic HTML editing. So far, I'm moderately pleased with the results.

I would still like to make a custom avatar or button or whatever you call that little thingy that can appear next to your profile information. Most of the bloggers I read have a photo of themselves, but I am just NOT into pictures of me. (They're all dreadful.) That will be my next project. For now, I have given myself a headache, and I believe I will lie on the sofa and watch Deadliest Catch.

4 comments:

JD at I Do Things said...

I LOVE it! I love the polka dots and especially this color combo. Love, love, love.

I hope you were sufficiently refreshed by Deadliest Catch?

JD at I Do Things

absepa said...

JD: Thanks! It's really nice to have another opinion. I realized I should give credit to the site where I got the template, so I need to do another post.

Yep, it's hard to imagine that watching frozen guys shlub around big loads of crab could be refreshing, but it actually was.

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I love it too..
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Jen said...

I love the template! I need to do one too but haven't gotten to it yet...it's on my list. When you figure out the avatar let me know my daughter is dying for one of her own. I don't know where she'd use it but she thinks they are way cool and I might be able to score some points if I had one. I use a picture that is at least ten years old and a few dress sizes.