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Should I go for a new look?

April 12th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Food, Interesting

While driving back from Virginia, I decided that I wanted to make some changes to my website. I created my first website while in college over 10 years ago. It had a blue background with rainbow polka dots, a Calvin and Hobbes animation, and every thing I hated and loved was expounded on for all the world to read. Calvin mooned anyone who came to the site. That site is long gone and this is my first attempt since that site. This site initially had a bird theme. Those of you from Entrecard or Project Wonderful are familiar with my ad because I am assuming you clicked on it to get here. That theme only had two columns which did not work for me. I switched over to the current three column theme and customized the banner this way because I thought I was going to blog about crafting and such. Well I do on occasion have an article about a craft, recipe, or gardening idea, but I found I enjoyed not having such a defined niche. I have a short attention span and it was very deluded to expect I could focus the topics of this blog. I am a little lost as to what I want things to look like. I just have the feeling that I need change. I think I am going to start with the look of my Entrecard and Project Wonderful 125×125 ad. Maybe if I can figure out how I want my ad to look this will inspire a new banner and some other tweaks to the site. Entrecard has a shop with people selling graphic design services, but I am not sure about using those. If you have worked with a graphic artist that you could recommend, please leave a comment. If you have any suggestions, recommendations, or feedback about the site, those comments would be appreciated as well.

Quote of the day:

Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.

~Neal Boortz

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8 Comments so far ↓

  • Margaret

    I’m a lot like you. Many ideas about a variety of subjects all swirling around in my head. It took me a long time to settle on a “brand” I wanted for my website, but the eye theme just took over. While I change the eye from time to time, it’s around to stay.

    I’m one of the ones advertising in the shop for graphics works. I’m probably not the best, but I think I’m the only one who offers a money back guarantee (which so far I have not had to honor).
    I’ve done about 20 cards so far for different folk with one repeat customer (for a second site).

    I remember your Calvin and Hobbes theme. I liked it, but then I’m a big proponent of real estate for the meat of a blog (the posts) as I am only a modest advertiser.

    Let me know if I can help with the redesign.

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  • Lulu

    I stopped over from entrecard and I like your blog….although your entrecard didn`t really make me want to click…..It is a little boring (sorry) while you site is a lot better than I thought it was going to be!!!!

    I think you need something brighter!!! The actual site is nice though…..I love clean layouts! You could always change the colour scheme a little if you are getting bored with it!!!! Or if you want something completely different maybe go for a revolving banner theme…..so that different pictures appear in the banner everytime you click (Like http://www.roamingaussiemum.com) on the site!

    I am going to have more of a look around your site!!! add it to my entrecard favourites and will definitely be back! Love it when I find a new site I like!

  • Malaysian Fabric Heritage

    After 10 years, everything calls for a change. It is called innovation and relevance.

    However, I like your Quote of the Day better. Haha!

  • The Aging Disco Diva

    I like your header, I think it is “artsy” enough to be not just crafts oriented. I did some googling and researched how to take a standard template and tweak it a bit (I created my own header) I am playing around with the idea of going three column but want something that will fill the monitor screen like my two column does.

  • Monique

    I am so used to your birdie, having something new will be so awkward!

  • A.

    I’m in two minds. I’ve already changed my Entre card once, but it was early on so I don’t think it mattered too much.

    The problem is when I go through my inbox, there are many I recognise instantly as my regulars, like yours, and others I avoid (eg Viet name sightsee). Changing means a learning curve. Will drops fall off?

    I rather like your coloured chalks. Could you incorporate that? It didn’t immediately make me think of crafty things. It’s very hard to think of something representative when you cover several topics. I’ll watch your progress with interest, because I’d like to change yet again.

  • fragileheart

    I’m torn between agreeing with Monique because that birdie is so comforting because I know it’s you. But at the same time… I love new things! lol As I’m sure you’ve noticed I try and change my entrecard at least once a month. Like I said, I like new things. Ditto with Margaret, if you need any help – let me know!

  • Beekers

    Thanks for all the feedback and comments. This is going to be a very slow process. I like change but I don’t want to change too drastically. I have a friend who is in marketing and she has offered to create a few things for me to look at. Luckily she is as picky and exacting as I am, so there will be no hurt feelings if I don’t like something and better yet…it is free!

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