Evolution of a Blog Design

My friend, Cynthia, aka NapWarden is speaking at Bloggy Boot Camp in Philadelphia this weekend.  I’m quite jealous that I won’t be there to hear her speak and hang out with everyone.  No really, I’m sad.  But it has been quite a year for me, and I needed a little break from all of this traveling.

I spoke to Cyn on the phone tonight about her presentation among other things.  Her topic is about design…did you know that she does blog designs, and her own custom illustrations, over at NapWarden Designs and Illustrations.  We talked about all of the sites that we go to, just because we like their design.  I love pretty and fun blog designs.

While we were talking, I mentioned my old blog design.  She said that she had never seen it before…

I then said, YOU’VE NEVER SEEN the red hula dancer…..with the YELLOW BACKGROUND? She said, “nope”.  I’ve been blogging for over three years now and it has taken some time to figure out what to “not do” when you have your blog designed….as in, don’t use a red and yellow background…and have black writing on the yellow background.  I makes things VERY hard to read.

So you want to see the old design, don’t you?  I had this design from late 2007 to sometime in 2008, I believe.  I found the designer on e-bay, and paid less than $50 for it.  This was when people were really starting to personalize their blogs, rather than using free backgrounds, on Blogger.  I used the huladancer because it is one of my many nicknames.  I recently found a thumb drive with all of my old blog design coding on it. This is why I have never posted about this before.  I thought that all of the images were gone.

Original Angry Julie Monday Blog Design

My current design was done by Judith Shakes Designs.  I found Courtney aka Judith Shakes from seeing her designs on some of the blogs that I read.  I loved the graphics that she did.  I also was impressed that she used images that I’ve never see before.  Believe me, when you’ve been blogging for a few years, you start to recognize graphics.

I was on the wait list for quite some time to get my blog designed.  I think it was at least 4-5 months.  Seriously, yes I waited that long.  I was sooooo happy with my design when it was finally finished.  I originally had the design done in the Blogger system, but I had it changed over to WordPress last Fall. You can barely tell the difference between my Blogger design and my WordPress design.  Because Courtney is THAT good…

Current Angry Julie Monday Blog Design

I love looking at blogs for their design.  I always see new things that I want to try, etc.  I’m not shy about asking other bloggers about their plug-ins or widgets.  If it looks good, and works good, I think everyone should share the wealth.

Do you read certain blogs just because you love their design? What blog designs do you love? What do you love about them?

11 comments
Alana Morales
Alana Morales

Blog design def pulls me in - that's what made me stop to read your blog, which I was introduced to maybe two months ago. I like your design because it makes me feel happy when I see it (not to mention that you are funny as hell!). :)

Alysha
Alysha

Haha... I love looking back at different blog designs I have done and I start thinking, What in the world was I thinking???? Or was I just not thinking. I can definitely say that some blogs that I follow started off as just a good looking blog and then turned into something more. But the design and layout of the blog is something that pulls me in for sure :)

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation

I so go to blogs that are well designed. I love your hula girl! Cynthia AKA The Nap Warden did my blog design header. I am totally obsessed with it.

Megan
Megan

For sure I love well designed blogs and like to hang out at them more often. I do follow some I dont love the deign of, just because I like the writing, but not many. and, for the record, I think its good youre not traveling this weekend. take the days off and have a stay-cay. ;) you deserve it!

Kate
Kate

I love this design! I always have & it's what initially brought me to the blog!

Becca - Our Crazy Boys
Becca - Our Crazy Boys

Ahhh, you know who has the best blog design EVER, in my eyes... (you)... I love it enough to think about starting another blog, just for me, with my new favorite designer, Judith Shakes. I started reading to look at your design, but keep reading because I like your writing :) What do I like about it? The colors, the rounded corners, and the pictures on the footer... It pulls together so nicely. Yours is the first blog design I have ooohhhhed and aaaahhhd over, and when I showed my husband, I was so sad that he just didn't "get it.' :)

HolyokeHome
HolyokeHome

I'm panting with anticipation these days, as I wait for my redesign to be ready from my designer. Le pant! Can I be honest and say that all the super skinny cartoon images in blog headers these days kind of bum me out?

Julie
Julie

I love going to blogs that are well designed... So much easier on the eyes, not only to read, but spur ideas and creativity. And we're soooo going to miss you this weekend!!!!

Jen
Jen

I LOVE blog designs too and I think that if I could, I would do a redesign every 6 months.... maybe.

Ash
Ash

a tidy blog design makes me read no only the post of the day but other of the blogger's posts. i can't deal with too many ads on the page too. i hardly click on them. oops! since i follow many bloggers and follow my followers, i don't have time to read a blog which looks messy. you're being followed by me so you know where you stand. ;) ~ash's mum