Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekend Blog Makeover

Do you notice some changes around here?

I finally had some down time this weekend while Dan was volunteering with Caddies 4 Cure as a driver for the celebrity guests Rough life, Dan. I could have spent my time working, cleaning, shopping, playing, running (17 miles wasn't enough, Jessi?) but instead I devoted a good amount of time cleaning up my blog image.

What exactly does that mean?

I love the clean and simple themes I see daily from Brooke, Meghan, Justine, Jenni so I shopped around and even considered spending some money - but concluded that I'd find one that worked for me. Nailed it.

The font, the clean background, the date stamp, the banner - all of it. Okay, maybe not the pink accents - but it was Free. When it was all said and done, I was thrilled with the aesthetic, but felt a little like I'd put lipstick on a pig. Like I got my hair cut and colored but hadn't paid my eyebrows any attention for weeks yeesh.

  • My pages (top bar in black) hadn't been updated since February.

  • I had no organization or reason behind my Categories

  • The Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and social media links were amateur at best.

  • The formatting was all. over. the. place.

I kicked my slippered feet up, grabbed a hot cup of coffee and got to work.

My Action Plan:

I re-named and created new categories so that posts could be labeled for easy searching.

I revisited every. single. post. that I've ever written on this blog and did two main things:

  1. Justified the Text (important, fellow Bloggers!)

  2. Re-Assigned the Categories that made sense (What the heck was 'Day to Day' supposed to help anyone find?)

Looking back to every post made me realize some of the amazing things I've shared on here over the last year and how I can be a better blogger going forward. Thanks for never criticizing, being an amazing community and having patience as I develop my space here on the internet.

Ahhh - Clarity.

The unfortunate part of working on my blog all weekend was that it was an afterthought to write a post for Monday.

Oh you mean I just wrote it? Solid.

heart JE


brooke lyn said...

so lovely. and white :)

Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon said...

I love your new theme! It looks wonderful and definitely is crisp and clean : ) Maybe you can share your tips haha- I am so behind because of moving and chaos!

Meghan said...

thanks for the shout out, jessi! your blog looks really great. nice work! and i'm with you on the justified text. the easier to read the better!

Jessi said...

Yes! I can't believe I blogged so long without doing it. Never again! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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