Sunday, May 5, 2019

Decisions ... Decisions

Hey friends!

I labeled this post decisions because I am such an indecisive person.  Several weeks ago, I was reading some blogs and thought these are "so pretty and I like the layouts."  Well, they were WordPress blogs - it got me thinking, perhaps I should switch platforms.  After doing my research I decided I would stay on Blogger.  I really didn't want to pay for hosting and wasn't familiar enough with WordPress to be able to switch over my feeds and so forth.

Since I had "blogs" on my mind I thought maybe I would create a new blog design and switch over to a 2-column format.  The ultimate goal was to be able to post larger images.  My mind was immediately swirling with so many ideas.  As I started to create a new blog header, I found myself constantly changing the design.  My first thought was a clean modern look with a minimalist design.  Soon I had three different designs, but none of them "spoke to me", but it was finally time to start the testing process.  Once I had my new template installed with all my gadgets & widgets set up I exported the data from my old blog, then uploaded it to the new one.  I then had an OMG moment!  All the posts imported fine, but every photo was so blurry you couldn't even make out the images.  I knew this could possibly happen since my left sidebar would be larger in the new template.  I played around with it for a while ... long while, but the only fix would have been to delete the images from 900+ posts and re-insert them  :-(

Ok, so I put that issue aside and forged ahead.  Within a few minutes I realized some of the coding from my original blog was also pulled over to the new template.  At this point, I realized I can't import any information.  I would literally have to start a new blog from scratch with no content.  Among all this design stuff, my husband asked me again, "Why are you creating a new blog?"  My response was "I want my images to look a little bigger."  I knew I had to take a step back - I was becoming too frustrated.  Just the thought of having to create all new social media icons and banners was weighing on me.  I couldn't even settle on a color!  I know - design is supposed to be fun, right?

Saturday morning I woke up, made a cup of coffee and sat in front of my desktop.  As soon as I opened my blog I immediately thought "I really do love this design."  I could never re-create the feeling I get when I see this.  It was at that moment I decided to abandon the idea of a new blog.  I sipped my coffee and thought all I need to do is make a few changes.  I went to work creating a navigation bar, updating some coding, cleaning up the sidebars and adding a few new designs.  It's a work in progress.  If you had any suggestions, please let me know.

Although my images may not be as large as I would like them to be, I have "fallen in love" again with my blog.  Over time everything comes back in style so perhaps one day 3-column blogs will make a comeback ... LOL!



Louca por porcelana said...

What can I say...I love the design of your blog...Love your header!I am glad you kept it this way.Hugs!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I'm glad you kept to "YOU" it's a beautiful and classy blog to visit.

As for the layout, and wanting larger pictures, you could make the sides a little smaller and then the centre would be larger and you could decide whether you want small, medium, large or Xlarge images in the centre? It's what I have done with mine, even making one side larger than the other?

Just keep making your beautiful images to share.
Faith x

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Donna! I have tried both platforms, and opted to stay with the free version of Blogger for convenience sake. Your pretty, creamy, dreamy, lovely blog setting is gorgeous! Some of these pretty skins do not accommodate for making the middle section larger, so that you can use the extra-large photos. I've learned that most people these days do not have time to click on photos to enlarge them, hence, I went to a wider post margin, and a smaller sidebar portion. Again, I am not sure if your pretty design elements will accommodate that. To experiment with sizes, go to THEME > CUSTOMIZE > ADJUST WIDTHS. But your pretty new skin may not accommodate the changes. But try it! Larger font sizes also make it easier for visitors to read your blog posts. Have fun! hugs, de

KarinsArtScrap said...

Donna your blog is gorgeous you dont have to changed I use 3 but changed my design so now and then and at christmas time.
I only have to put my new code in from the htlm thats all and my blogheader that I must changed to but simple

Gr Karin

Chris said...

I have always loved your blog, Donna!

Alessandra said...

I always fall in love with your beautiful blog

coldwaters2 said...

Donna your blog is beautiful I love it it looks so soft and delicate very soothing
Lorraine x

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I think your blog looks wonderful- always have!

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