For those of you new to Little Woman. Little Home I thought I would take you through a tour of how LWLH evolved into this...
And what it is today.
I am finally happy with the way LWLH looks and I'm so glad I took it into my own hands to design it myself.
I might not have the skills of professional designers but after months of Googling and figuring out HTML's I am finally at a place where I feel comfortable changing things around as I see fit.
I think with blogging, it is important to have good aesthetics, because honestly that is what people see first. Great writing and good content is important for a blog but the first visual impression is what will make people stop and check it out and want to stay.
It's your blog and your choice to do what you choose with your design and layout but I can tell you from experience that dark backgrounds, cLuTtErEd SiDEbArs , and tiny pictures are a turn off for not only myself, but many bloggers.
When I first started my blog in 2008, this is what LWLH looked like....
When I first started I used the free blogger layout sites and they were def. a blessing.
I had a blog friend design my header and for a long time I was happy with this.
Back then, there wasn't as many fab blog designers out there that there is now, so my simple free pink chic look made me happy.
After a while though, I decided to take the plunge and get a professionally designed blog...
This was designed by Adori Graphics, but when I tried to find her link, I couldn't access it.
Anyways, Louise the designer did a fabulous job and it was a whole custom design that I told her about and she brought to fruition. I loved that it had Big Man, Mia, and myself in cartoon form and captured what I wanted Little Woman, Little Home to be about.
It also started what I hope will be synonymous with LWLH, which is the pink house.
You'll notice that from here on out, any design I did (excluding the Christmas ones) I included a pink house in. I wanted something to be continuous no matter what I did with the blog and I hope that captures it.
I like to switch my designs up for the holiday season and since I'm an extreme lover of Christmas it is a no brainer...
This is the original design that I used from Louise for the past couple years
And this is the one I tweaked a bit last year for Christmas.
I enjoyed my pink cartoon design for the past couple years but with most things, change is good and I was itching to have a new more cleaned up and grown up look...
This was my first design that I ever tried to make by myself and let's just say it was trial and error.
I did like this design but after a week or two, I realized it was way too bright for my eyes and probably many readers. It did give me the creativity to see what I wanted and what I could change and make it into...
Two headers that I tried out with s different gray background....
After this last one...I changed it to what I am currently at now.
Who knows the next time, I will change it.
Today? Tomorrow? Next Month? Next Year?
Since I put effort into what I write, it's also important to me to put effort into the way it looks and to keep it current and evolving.
Do you like to like to change your blog design up???
And Laura, I already know you do ; )