Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ship Shape

I admit it.  I had a bit of a blog break down this evening.  It always starts out when I see a really good post on somebody else's blog.  Or I like the way their blog is balanced better.  Or whatever.  And it's not that I feel spiteful toward them at all, it's just admiration.  And a lot of me wanting to improve.

So tonight I took a little step further toward being the person I want to be by way of making my blog more of what I want it to be.  After all, if this isn't a representation of me, then what is it?

I hope you enjoy the improvements.  I'm especially loving all the new white space.  Ahhh.  :)  Much easier on the eyes.  And brain.  I'm feeling much less cluttered, visually and mentally.  It's funny how little things start to matter.  :)  I took away very little; I just reorganized everything.  If you're having trouble finding something please let me know, but I'm hoping it should actually be easier to navigate now.

What do you think?


Bryan Lewis said...

It really looks a lot better, Katie! Good jorb. You're the baste!

Kathy Haynie said...

I would like to know how to get more white space. Looks good!

Katie Lewis said...

Hey Mom,

To get more white space I did a few things:

1.) Moved everything in my side columns over to just one column. I didn't know that it would move the middle text over the way it did, but I really like how that worked out. So, happy little coincidence there. :) Doing this was the thing that made the biggest difference, I think.

2.) I reorganized all of the things in my sidebar and grouped them together so that they made more sense (at least to me). So all of the things about me are at the top. Then my sponsors. Then the archive, a few random buttons and the buttons to my friends' adoption blogs.

3.) Next came all of the blogs that I like. I did a lot of tweaking to get those to look better on the blog as a whole. In the end, I ended up changing the settings so that only the five most recent show up (but the readers will still be able to see them all if they click on "show all." Also, I got rid of all the icons that showed up next to the name of each blog (I think that helped a lot in making things look more clean and unified). And, finally, I took off the part that shows the title of the most recent post on every blog. Ahhh, much better now. :)

4.) I filtered through the things that show up in my "Labels" section and narrowed it down to 86 labels (from 206). Ha.

5.) Then, once I had everything shaved down the way I wanted it, I moved things around a little to balance out text and pictures so there wouldn't be too much text next to text or pictures next to pictures.

I think the result of all of these things combined has made it look a lot better. Hopefully this was descriptive enough to help you figure out what you wanted to do with your own blog. :)

Love you! Have a great day!

Katie :)

Unknown said...

I like it a lot! Good job. And I'm excited to see how you figure out your sponsorship stuff!

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

I like it! looks good. :)

Melissa said...

lovin the changes. Nice to have all those labels down and uniform now. Something on my to do list for sure!!

Annie said...

I like the new layout as well - though I have to say, that I've always liked your blog. I look at yours and have a blog crisis myself when I check my own out. :) Thanks for making me one of your favs. :)

alee said...

I too like loads a lot quicker for some reason this way! :)