I spent a good part of yesterday evening working on a blog redesign. I’ve never done a theme from scratch before – I’ve always adapted an existing WordPress theme. But, this time Paul said he’d turn my design into a theme, so I have started with a blank slate! (Or, rather, Photoshop file.)
It’s much harder than I anticipated. My strength as a designer doesn’t lie in the start-from-scratch creative ideas… I’m more of a make-the-design-better type of designer. That’s okay; both types of designers are needed (the former tend to be not very detailed, so it’s important to have a detail person like me come in behind and tie up all the loose ends so the design can be properly implemented). I worked on it until around 2:30 in the morning last night, and finally gave up and decided to sleep on it. I’ve come back to it today and I must admit I am still at a loss. Paul and I both agree that it’s missing something, but we aren’t sure what.
I’ve been bookmarking blogs whose designs catch my eye, and trying to figure out what about the design appeals to me, and how can I use that concept for my own blog? But now all the blogs are starting to run together, and I’m about ready to give up! Argh.
I have also been thinking about my blog, what its purpose is, etc. I decided it’s like a letter to a friend. I mention things I’m passionate about – cloth diapers, etc. – but those “informative” posts aren’t my main purpose. It’s like we’re sitting down over a hot cup of tea and chatting. And what the heck does the name twentysixcats mean anyways? I am not going to change the name, but I’m trying to figure out how to make it work with my life now – I don’t even have cats anymore.
Hopefully you’ll see a new blog design here soon. In the meantime, check out this video of Savannah playing in her PeaPod.