Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Posted by Laurel Garver on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 15 comments
I've been wanting to simplify my blog template for a while. I loved the retro-style wallpaper I had running in the background, but it has begun to feel too "noisy" to me. I tinkered with a number of colors until I landed on this delicious-looking green. It's a bit more spring-summer, less autumn.

I figure I can keep changing the color scheme as the fancy hits me. It's one six-digit hexidecimal code in one line of the HTML. Easy-peasy.

How often do you change the look of your blog? Do you only do major redesigns, or only tweaks like this?
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  1. I think I change my blog all the time! I guess I'm fickle that way. =) I love the green btw. ;)

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    1. I don't mix it up as often as I probably should. I tend to agonize too much when it comes to changing my "public face". Glad you like the new color.

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  2. I don't change my blog background very often, mostly because I don't have the time. But I love the fresh look of a change.

    BTW, the green is very cheerful. I loved the previous wallpaper, but it did take a long time to load.

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    1. Hey, that's a great bonus--faster load time! Now I KNOW I've made the right decision to jettison the wallpaper.

      I tried approximately 22 different shades of green trying to get one that felt right. Some were too dark or too boring or too retina-searing. My hats off to those who design for a living!

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  3. I think I'm missing something because I don't see the green :(. I'm on Chrome, could there be an issue?

    I know my blog is boring/ugly, but I'm too lazy to do anything about it. It detracts from my writing time :). But seriously, I should probably do something about it.

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    1. Depends on how you're viewing the page. If it's through a reader, chances are the whole design doesn't upload. I am viewing now with Chrome and the color bars are there.

      If you're bored with your blog, a layout change might renew your interest. You might be able to barter with someone to do it for you. Offer to crit or proofread in exchange for a new template. Just an idea.

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  4. I don't change my backgrounds. I figure most people read me through a feed reader anyway, and so they don't even see my background, but their own. Of course, this may just be an excuse for being change-resistant!

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    1. If you have a design that functions well and you're happy with it, no real need to change. I'd just noticed that some change their templates every year or two and wondered what goes into other's decisions to change up.

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  5. This is a great topic. I've read people don't like frequent major changes. However subtle changes they like. I'm not too sure how all that plays out.

    I've made some major changes, but I hadn't found the right feel for my site. I have now and will leave it be.

    I like the green background you have. It's a pleasing green (viewing in Chrome)

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    1. Interesting. I have sometimes visited a blog after a sudden, huge overhaul and it was very disorienting.

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  6. I like it and very true- we can change our blog with our mood. Blogs are good like that:)

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    1. Like Holly mentioned above, the small changes to spruce up are good. It's when one radically changes too often that gets a bit confusing to visitors. Here's to fun with color bars! :-)

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  7. It does look very summery. I like it.

    I can't remember when I last changed my design. I haven't grown bored of it yet. Plus it took me forever last time to find one I loved. I don't want to go through that again any time soon. :)

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. I spent weeks searching for a template I liked--and for special tweaks I wanted to make. It was hard to let go of the wallpaper when it took me so long to find just the right one. But this little change was technologically easy. One line of code.

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  8. I like the green! I haven't changed my look in a while, perhaps it's time I changed things up...

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