OMG! I’ve only gone and done it again haven’t I! Yet again I have a new look for the blog. I tell ya, I’m just one of those people who is never happy! Never! Have you seen the amount of blog changes I have had since I started out? I’m not sure I can even remember them all if I’m completely honest. How bad is that though! Somewhere out there is someone (I hope, maybe, probably not but just work with me here) popping over for a read of my latest posts.
Hey Gerald, come and have a look at this will you
Doris shouts from her armchair.
What’s up now Doris?
Gerald ambles in out the garden trailing muck in with him and possibly some geraniums too.
Well, you’ll never bloody guess
She shouts, Doris is a wee bit deaf you see and can just about hear Gerald enter the room through the cheering on Deal or no Deal.
I doubt I will Doris dear, I doubt I will. So come on then, what’s so bloody important that you’ve dragged me in here for then?
Just ‘ave a look a look at this Gerald, can you even believe it?
Bloody hell, Doris I see what you mean! What is she like ‘eh. I tell ya, young ‘uns don’t know there born these days. Change their mind, partners, and hairstyles like no one’s business they do. All the bloody time
Gerald and Doris stare at the screen in disbelief. I mean why on earth would she do that again they thought shaking their heads in unison.
In our day you didn’t have so much choice did we Gerald? We picked something and we stuck with it regardless. I mean we done it didn’t we. Stuck with each other we were and now look at us 50 years later.
Gerald regarded his wife. Bloody stuck with me he thought, more like the other way round. Cheeky mare, I’ve a good mind to let her sort her own bloody geraniums out. But still he kept schtum he had learnt his lesson more than once these past 50 years and he was too tired to learn it again today. Bloody women.
Doris and Gerald stared at the screen in silence, the only noise was Doris’ rustling as she rooted around for another mint humbug.
Aye, but still it looks nice doesn’t it and we’re still sat here reading it so what does it matter anyway Doris.
Yes Gerald, you are absolutely right.
Gerald almost fell of the armchair in shock. Think I’ll pick up some more of those humbugs he thought, must be enjoying them.
Now as regular readers Doris and Gerald* should know what I’m like for changing my mind but what can I say? A change is as good as a rest and all that. Ah, who am I kidding I am just as fickle as a kid in a sweet shop, I want it all and cannot choose just one.
Truthfully though I was bored with the blog and lacking inspiration. For a while now I have been looking at other blogs and picking out ideas. I even went as far as contacting someone for a custom theme but ultimately I couldn’t afford it, sad face. But knowing what I’m like I knew it would have to be perfect and something I wouldn’t want to change in a few months. So I looked and looked. Then I looked some more. Then I asked Olivia. Bad mistake so I just carried on looking. I installed some free themes to play about with to help me get a better idea of what I ultimately wanted. The answer was chocolate as always however I’m not sure it would of made me a great blog theme.
So this was my previous theme.
But I wanted more of a boxed look. I wanted nice neat lines, which is totally random as absolutely nothing in my life is nice and neat ha. I love the look of the Family Fever blog layout. But it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I also found myself wanting a sidebar similar to ClearlyBex new look too. So I had a play around with the free themes and came up with these.
I absolutely loved the Pinterest style of both of these layouts, however, something wasn’t quite clicking with them for me and I kept on searching. And searching. And searching some more. I tried all the usual places, falling in love with a theme on pipdig. Then rejecting it googling ‘genesis child themes’ as I already have the genesis framework. But nothing was quite right. It was beginning to resemble an episode from Say Yes to the Dress. You know when the bride is unable to choose a dress and is nitpicking at everything. I was the nit picking bride and if I was actually getting married and not choosing a blog theme. I would be getting married in a bin bag.
But nothing was quite right. It was beginning to resemble an episode from Say Yes to the Dress. You know when the bride is unable to choose a dress and is nitpicking at everything. I was the nit picking bride and if I was actually getting married and not choosing a blog theme. I would be getting married in a bin bag.
But then it happened. The hallelujah moment, ahhhhhhh. (sung in your best choir voice please, all angelic thank you). Bright lights, tears in my eyes the whole shebang. Oh my gosh that’s the one, yes I am saying yes to this dress, sorry blog theme. Where did I find this absolutely most amazingly perfect theme you ask? Why on Etsy of course. Where I found the last one, duh. It only took me 4 days of looking and searching. Choosing then disregarding. Then this morning, yes just today I found it. It only took me 30 mins to make my mind up 100% compared to the three that were sat in my basket for days.
There was a compromise. The layout had the clean, fresh look I wanted with extras I hadn’t even known I wanted. The boxed look of the sidebar and posts and the deal breaker of the read more excerpt for the home page. I lost the Pinterest style layout but I was ok with that. Honestly.
Then I installed, the seller made me a brand spanking new header and then I found the layout changes WITH THE GRID LAYOUT! Cue another round of OMGing at the kitchen table. Result.
So it is here, the new blog theme and I would love to know what you all think of it? The only thing missing now is some quality content 😮
Blog Theme: Natalie by DannyWordPress
*Doris and Gerald are fictional characters who, if they were real would probably be too busy planting geraniums, eating humbugs and bickering to be reading this blog but if by some random coincidence you are Doris and Gerald and read this blog say hi ;)*