PictureBlogging + Wine Go Together, Right?
Okay, that headline may be a bit dramatic but really, changing my blog layout lead to a series of ups-and-downs. In my last blog post, I announced that I had updated my blog and promised to give you more details about how it all went down. Because I know you are just dying to read that intense, extremely entertaining, not-boring-at-all story of changing my blog layout so here is how it all went down. #YoureWelcome

I know that some of my readers are bloggers so maybe they can feel my pain or at least learn from my mistakes! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the roller coaster ride you are about to embark upon with me as I tell you the tale of The Time the Ginger Tried to Change Her Blog Layout.... 

I've been considering changing the layout or theme of my blog for a few months but never really took the time to make it happen. I wanted to make it look a little less "themed" and more like a website. Not too long ago, the Hubbo was out of town for a few days for a work trip and I found myself with more time to work on my blog. Hooray! 

Unfortunately, there were a few steps that would require his help so I couldn't do it from start to finish while he was away.  Boo!
But I did take advantage of my free time and started planning what I wanted to do. Hooray! 

While he was gone, I locked myself in my home office with a glass of wine (or three) and started looking at all the different blogs I follow to get inspiration on what I like versus what I don't like. Then I logged into my blog portal and started surfing all the themes they offered. After a few hours of perusing the depths of the Weebly theme library, I found one that I loved! Yay!  

After the Hubbo returned from his trip, the urge to make the changes popped up again. I logged in and went to find the layout I wanted. I thought, this will be easy and will only take a few minutes. Yay! So I asked him to help me at about 10:00 o'clock one night thinking it would be a breeze. I remember thinking to myself when I was looking for layouts "I don't need to write this down, I love this layout so I'll remember it.

So The Hubbo kindly agreed to help me and put down his iPad game while I logged into find the layout I wanted. 

Once I got logged in, I realized that the layout I picked absolutely LOVED wasn't an option anymore! Boo!
Or at least, if it was still an option, it wasn't speaking to me the same way it was when I found it the first time and we already know that I didn't write anything down. Again, let's blame the wine for this!

I was so determined to find a new layout and update my blog that night and The Hubbo was super sweet and sat patiently in the office with me until I finally found one that was okay enough. Somewhere around midnight, I was able to have him do his part of the update and it took him a hot 15 minutes. Which was my estimated time for updating my blog when I asked him to help me two hours before. Sorry Hubbo! But I learned some valuable lessons and I have shared them below with you.

Lesson #1 in Updating Your Blog - Write That Shit Down!
Lesson #2 in Updating Your Blog - Don't Drink!
Lesson #3 in Updating Your Blog - It will take longer than you think!

And that, my friends, is the emotional roller coaster of a story of how updating my blog went down. 

What do you think of the new layout? Did you like the old one better? 

 


Comments

06/17/2014 6:43pm

I'm looking at it from my phone so I'm not getting the whole experience but I'm loving the new header design with the ginger avatar running on the road and the sky. It looks awesome!

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RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
06/17/2014 10:22pm

Thanks Frank! That's the part I needed the Hubbo to help with! He does most of my graphics for me.

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06/17/2014 8:35pm

I like the new layout, looking good!

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RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
06/17/2014 10:22pm

Thanks Lady! I haven't heard from you in a while, how have you been?

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06/18/2014 9:09am

I feel your pain... I'm a compulsive blog-layout-changer! Seriously I just changed my whole layout like 2 months ago and I'm ready for another complete overhaul. :-/

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RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
06/18/2014 6:02pm

I hear ya! It's hard to find a layout that has all the elements/style you want. Good luck!

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I keep putting off moving my blog from blogspot to wordpress. It just seems like a ton of work, and blogspot is good enough for me. People always talk about how much better wordpress is, but I'm not sure I see why!

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RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
06/18/2014 6:03pm

I've thought about making the switch from Weebly to Wordpress. There are a few functions that WP has that Weebly doesn't, but it won't be an easy switch so I haven't done it yet. #lazyblogger :)

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06/19/2014 6:35am

New layout looks good!!!!

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06/19/2014 8:19am

Thanks Shaun! I'm glad it finally worked out!

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07/02/2014 5:34pm

I don't know what you old layout was but I like this layout. It is nice, clean, and uncluttered. I just converted my blog from blogger to a self hosted wordpress and I sure am glad that everything worked great on the conversion because I don't know what I would have done if it hadn't.

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RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
07/02/2014 11:30pm

The old theme had a blue boarder around it and made it look very themed to me. Glad you like the new layout! I thought about switching to wordpress but it seems like Weebly is fixing some of the issues I had. I think I'll keep it a bit longer and see how it goes.

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04/26/2016 5:30pm

Nice to read about this update. Sometimes it always looks so good to have some changes in your blog so that the users can find it more attractive and easy to navigate. This layout is so perfect with the way you are writing.

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