Sunday, May 20, 2012

blog revisions

I have wanted to revise my blog for quite some time but did not know the look that I wanted to go for. I started doodling and everything I doodled incorporated cupcakes, pink, grays, chevron, and hearts naturally. I did not want my blog to feel childish which is how I felt about the owls after awhile.
 
Cute. But it was time for a change. 
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 One of my very first blog headers! Circa 2009.
The peonies kept me happy for a period of time but all along wanted something different.
So I sprung for pink chevron with pink and gray font. 
I like it and am satisfied. 
Mainly because I am proud of myself. 
I did it myself and it took me quite awhile to figure out the html coding.
I was going for a cheerful and fun vibe and I think that the pink chevron does the trick.
If you are interested in updating your blog and want to do it yourself, check out the video tutorials on YouTube by PuglyPixel. They are really well put together, clear, concise, and provided great direction.

How do you decide when the time is right to update your blog? 
How do you decide on a new style?

16 thoughts:

Andrea @ Bubblewrapp'd said...

i love it!!! It looks awesome!

Chrissy Farnan said...

Hi Gina,

I love the new look!! So fun and bright.

Bravoerunway said...

Gina, I am so glad you stopped by to see what I got in that birchbox! Well...it was pretty lousy right? I am kind of itching to redo my site as well, last year I paid a web designer to revamp the site and while I don't know html coding...I'll check out the sites because maybe I can do some of this on my own...we'll see.

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks Chrissy! I hope you are well:)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Yes you can! I have paid for blog designers in the past and right now I don't want to part with the funds quite honestly so I thought I am going to try it out. The videos really help. I am a visual learner so it was great to have the video open in one screen and then the blog in another and pause when I needed to, rewind, etc. Give it a go. You CAN do it! :)

Ashley said...

I've been secretly running designs on my test blog to see if I like them enough to go live with them. It's a pain tho especially because I know very beginner knowledge of html and photoshop, tutorials only help so much! I'll have to check out the ones you linked. I wish I had the extra money to have a designer fix my page up but alas I don't I 'll have to save up for it.

Ashley said...

Okay so I just spend the last two hours putting together a new layout thanks to the info I found at Pugly Pixel thanks for introducing this to me :) I even bit the bullet and put it up on my blog for once!

Shannon at Madiganmade said...

I love it Gina! It looks great and the pink is fun.

Jodi said...

Looks great! Congrats on doing it yourself too!

Kristina Grum said...

LOVE it! I actually pinned this post so I can refer to those links later. I have so much work to do on my blog!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Awesome! I'm so glad that I can pass on the info! I was lucky to find it after lots of google searches otherwise I would have started the update sooner.:) I appreciate that you stopped by!:)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thank you Jodi!

Lena Leson said...

Changing my blog was so painful, but there's nothing more satisfying than getting that HTML code to WORK!! It looks fantastic, Gina!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

haha;) Thanks Lena:)

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

I did my own blog makeover with the latest design, mainly because it had been the same for waaayy too long. I love how it turned out, but all the changes I made were pretty simple, so I didn't really have to mess with the HTML, thank goodness! ;)

I like the new look! Chevron is pretty fabulous, if you ask me!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks friend! There's a special feeling after doing it yourself. Like you feel that you have even that much more ownership of your blog...if that is even possible:)

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