Blog Design

I started going through WordPress themes today. Marc seemed relaxed this morning for the first time in a long time, so I figured he may have a bit of time over the next little while to help me tweak a new blog design. I’m pretty happy with the one I have now, but we’ve never figured out how to make the font on the comments bigger, try as much as we did, and, for as much as I like colour on blogs, seeing it on different computers has made me believe what Toni‘s always said about my light print on dark background blogs — they’re just hard to read.

So, we’ll see what I can come up with. I already know what the banner picture is going to be — just have to find a template that will work, that I like (because I’m very particular), and that won’t be too difficult for Marc to change to me exact specifications.

Now since most of you have not been around from the beginning, I’m hoping I can take you on a little VanderMeander historical tour. Did you know:

I first started out on blogger.

Then I went to this fun design. (I still love that picture and the colours of that blog and, of course, the tag line.)

Then in a bold move, I did this design. (You may have to scroll up to the top of the page to see the header.)

I became very popular after that.)  🙂
If you scroll down to the last post of that page, the February 4th post was the first launching of that design. Sometimes I still can’t believe I put that picture up for the whole world to see.

When I got pregnant with Olivia, I was going to announce the pregnancy with a new blog design. I found a template that had this picture as a header:

And I changed it to this:

That is Cartoon Me “great with child” holding on to Cartoon Madeline’s hand, while Cartoon Luke runs away from Cartoon Dad. It was a pretty good depiction of our life in those days.

And, when Madeline saw the picture I made above, she had to make one herself with Olivia out of my tummy:

But I never got around to that change, and I kept the belly blog until after Olivia was born and then changed it to a much more introspective design. (Very fitting seeing as I was pretty introspective and on the verge of depression that whole time, and, as the tagline denotes, in a very Joni Mitchell “Blue” state of mind.) For some reason that design isn’t working on the blog archive page. But here is the header. And the page was very (say it in your best Spinal Tap voice): black.

After that came this brown theme. As I was looking through the themes today, I found the original template that we tweaked to get this one. (Just hit the “preview” button to see a big version of it.) Interesting to see the changes and how my brain works to make it fit what I wanted.

So we shall see what happens in the next little while. If Marc will have the time, willingness, and patience to put up with my finicky particularity. I do enjoy the design bit, but I really have no clue other than to say, like when we were doing the brown design, “I need you to make that blue a little more brown.” Huh? Anyway. It all works out in the end.

But today I’m curious which design was up when you started reading or first ran across my blog?

And thanks to Randall who first pointed out the web archive page to me in the first place.

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6 Responses to Blog Design

  1. Lauralea says:

    Weird. I spent an hour this morning looking through WordPress themes… I narrowed it down to a couple before I went looking through Randall’s Flikr pictures for an appropriate banner adornment. Maybe it will be completely freakish and we’ll reveal our new looks at the same time!

    Great couch picture, by the way.


  2. Jyl says:

    I’ve been with you since the “belly baring” blog…later in 2007 sometime? Shortly after reconnecting you on FB, anyways. I always like that pic…I just couldn’t quite believe it was the same Dixie I knew from junior high 🙂

  3. Maryanne says:

    I started reading on that Thanksgiving when you wrote that last post on the Blogger site. So, I’ve seen all those different designs, which is strange to realise.

  4. Carissa says:

    I started during the pregnancy picture. I don’t exactly remember how I started, but I think it was through Lisa…and I assumed it was a current prego picture, but then realized after talking to Lisa, it wasn’t! 🙂 Very bold is right! (and I do like the tag line from the mountain picture too! but they’re all good, Dixie!) 🙂 Have fun!!

  5. RLE says:

    I started when you were pregnant with Olivia – so the belly picture time. I love pregnant ladies and new babies, so wanted to see what you were having and then your honesty and manner of writing drew me back again and again.

  6. ruth says:

    i started with the looking at life from both sides…shortly after you purchased grandmas bag from joyce. 🙂

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