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I hope you have people in your life who will tell you when something isn’t going well and you need to make a change. I almost always tell people (even strangers) if they have spinach in their teeth, or their skirt is tucked into their underwear, or their tag is showing.
But I wouldn’t just go up to another person and tell her that her clothes were…not awful, but a little out of date. Or that her hair color needed touching up. Unless she asked me. When someone asks you for your opinion you should respect that they came to you, and tell them the truth.
Thankfully, when I asked a few people what they thought about my blog, they answered honestly. They told me that it was looking dated, that it was a bit disorganized, and that the look was probably costing me jobs. And they gave me some great recommendations for designers.
I ended up going with Kimberly Coleman of RK Responsive Designs. In addition to being a great blog designer, she’s a fellow blogger whom I’ve known for years. I looked at some blogs she’d done recently and talked to people who had hired her, and I was confident that I was putting my blog into good hands. If you need blog design work done, I highly recommend her.
One of the challenges Kimberly had was making my blog look good on all of the different-sized screens that exist now. When I last made a significant change to my blog, six years ago, my header worked wherever it needed to work.
Now, though, it simply isn’t big enough to look good on all of the different screens it’s likely to end up on, so it had to go. It will live on, in my about page. And I might hire the designer who did it originally to re-draw it bigger, with a newer picture of myself. But for now, I like the clean, uncluttered look without it.
Another big change that I wanted to make was to my comments section. The fact is when I write a post that’s worth discussing, most of the conversation happens on Facebook now, not on the post. I wanted to try to bring the comments from Facebook onto my blog, and it remains to be seen whether or not that will work, so you may see some tinkering with the comments while Kimberly tries to make that happen. [Edited to add: I didn’t mean to imply that commenting on Facebook would replace commenting on my blog – only certain facebook posts will be able to export the comments to my blog, so I would still love to get comments here! But let’s face it: We all talk on Facebook. Even bloggers who know how much other bloggers like getting the comments on their blogs comment on Facebook instead. It’s just so easy!!]
It feels good to look at my blog now and see it de-cluttered and looking fresh. Now I just have to achieve the same thing in my house.