Friday Favorites #4 Blog Designers

I’ve been writing/blogging Angry Julie Monday for almost four years now.  It has evolved a bit since then.  In November of 2009, I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress after having my blog go down without notice several times.  This past week, Google’s product “Blogger” went down once again without notice.  I felt bad for all of the bloggers using Blogger or Blogspot because I’ve been there.  I believe that you need to evolve with your blog to keep interest and things more interesting.

Original Angry Julie Monday Blog Design
I found my original designer/design on ebay. I can’t remember the designers name but I paid around $50 for it.  As you can tell, I’ve always had a hula girl theme.  But wow, what was I thinking with that bright yellow background?

Current Angry Julie Monday Blog Design
In 2008, about a year after starting my blog, I wanted something different. Honestly, the bright yellow got a bit annoying to me. It was impossible to read. I contacted a blog designer, Judith Shakes Designs, for a custom design, as I was on blogger or blogspot at that time. Judith Shakes was amazing, and gave me a design entailing everything I wanted and dreamed of in a blog design. In November, Judith Shakes moved my design to WordPress with some tweaks in my design.

Blog Design-May 2011
In April of 2011 (this year), I contacted my friend, Cynthia, aka Nap Warden about some issues that I was having with my blog on the backend.  Cynthia suggested that I move my blog to a premium theme, Headway.  Cynthia moved my blog to Headway, and gave me a slicker new polished look with the same branding and graphics from my prior design.  I’m still re-working it and I have a ton of things to do, but I’m happy, like really happy with the change.  Plus, I have like none of the issues that I had before.

I think that everyone occassionally needs revisions to their blogs, and they just don’t know where to go.  I compiled a great list of blog designers that will move your blog from Blogger to WordPress, and/or also give you a sleek new design.

I am putting this list in alphabetical order to give no preference to any designer, but more options:

Freckled Nest Blog Design

Graphically Designing

Judith Shakes

Jula Studio

Just Another Mom of 2

Nap Warden (NW Designs)

RFE Hosting

SMD Blog & Web Design

There are soo many more awesome blog designers, but I’m tired, and don’t have them all bookmarked.  If you are a designer, please feel free to comment below.  Share the wealth, ok your information with my people who may need a fresh start, new design, or change from that Blogger platform to WordPress.

9 comments
Alysha
Alysha

Love the changes... It definitely looks butter and runs a lot faster :)

Laura Greene
Laura Greene

Hey Julie, ignore my obvious bias for my own blog designs *cough Eight Days Designs cough cough*, but there is now a FABULOUS new resource for both people looking for a designer and the blog designers themselves. It's called the Blog Designer Network. I hope all your favorite designers join up! It's just the best community for designers out there, and it's great for people who want to design their own blog too! Check it out at: http://theblogdesignernetwork.com/ Ok, spiel over, lol!

RotttenMom
RotttenMom

Thanks for the list, I will be checking out all of your recommendations! I lost a lot of content over this last blogger fiasco. Lesson learned!

Alison@Mama Wants This
Alison@Mama Wants This

Thanks for the list Julie! It's exactly what I need as I really want a redesign for my blog. Will check each and everyone of them out. Happy Sunday!

Jenn
Jenn

Out of curiosity, what ultimately made you decide to go with Headway over Thesis?

Nap Warden
Nap Warden

Headway is in my opinion way more user friendly than Thesis. (again, just my opinion) Since Julie asked me to help her out, and I am a Headway developer, we went Headway. One of the MANY things I like is the ability to design by page. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with Thesis, Headway just suits my skills better:)

Jenn
Jenn

Thanks! I was just curious. I had not heard of Headway until recently, and it's always good to hear new opinions!

Nap Warden
Nap Warden

Headway has come on strong lately, there updates have been fantastic. You can check it out here http://headwaythemes.com/ I can't say enough about it...LUV:)