Whenever I use the phrase “blogiversary” around my husband, he replies with a simple “I’m going to pretend that I didn’t hear you say that.” Haters gonna hate though, because we know just how special these annual celebrations are. For us, these blogs are far more than just a website or even just a place to showcase our interests, photography, writing, whatever it may be – These blogs are like babies, nurtured with SO MUCH time and energy, often for no monetary profit whatsoever. They provide us with a sense of community unlike any other, and give us a new perspective on cities, restaurants, even countries that we’ve never been to before.
That is precisely how I feel about my own blog. If I’m truly honest (and I think a lot of us can relate), there have been moments where I thought about what my life would be like without the blog – The amount of extra time I’d have is immeasurable. But really, that’s the only PRO to (hypothetically) quitting that I can come up with. The cons are numerous though: Our home wouldn’t be nearly as far in its transformation, I would no longer be able to connect with my AWESOME readers (have I mentioned how much I love you yet? No? Don’t worry, I’m getting there…) and my writing, designing and photography growth would stagnate. Where on EARTH is the fun in that? No, I’m not going anywhere, and neither is this little corner of the blogisphere.
SO. Birthday speech aside, Let’s talk about the new redesign! I had absolutely zero intention of making over the blog until, ohhhhhh, about 9:45 p.m. last night. It just suddenly hit me that I should welcome year 3 with a new face, something more stream-lined, more toned down and a little more sophisticated – DGD is 2 years old now, afterall. Time to grow up and start fitting in with the big kids.
It’s okay if you’re a little sad to see the big colorful banner fade into the past – I was a little sad too (even John fought the new look), but it didn’t take long for us to come around to the idea of that nice steely gray and turquoise. I hope you do too! You may have already picked up on my intentions here, but ultimately I was hoping to tone down the header and sidebar so that the post features could really shine. Now instead of a face full of color, you get a nice balance of monotones framing those big colorful spotlight photos. Just the thing to welcome this new year.
Speaking of this new year, it’s time to think ahead and into the wide open year 3 frontier. I have grown to really enjoy my features routine. We’ve got a pretty good thing going on every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with random projects, reviews and thrifting adventures thrown in between, but it might be nice to change things up. Do we need to revamp these tried and true features? Do we need to CUT any? Do you want more of a certain thing? Do you want something NEW?
As you can see, I need your help to decide. I’ve put together a SUPER QUICK 4 question survey for you. I actually love taking surveys – I’m the girl who, after getting an email from a company asking for feedback, immediately clicks through and considers one mundane question after the other with the utmost seriousness. But I know not everyone feels that way. There’s obviously no pressure to take the survey – Your computer will not self destruct if you don’t click through, but as I see it this blog is really as much (if not MORE) for you then it is for me, so your feedback will only enhance YOUR experience. But still. No pressure. Click here if you want to take my reader feedback survey, or click here to see my favorite funny kitten video on YouTube – In my opinion, two stellar options for spending your next 5 minutes.
And finally, I just want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. Your comments, emails, connections and even your silent visits if you don’t say a WORD all mean the absolute world to me. You and this blog have transformed my life in record speed – My motivation to do the things I do is largely fueled by your tremendous support. So ::big group hug:: and let’s take this next year in stride, one project at a time…