Evolution of a Blog

I was going thru my iPhoto account, on a mission to find baby pictures of my kids for a school project, and I came across a folder of my old blog headers. What a hoot.

I will NEVER forget how excited I was when I ordered my first custom designed blog header. I thought I had arrived.

It was a total splurge at the time, because back in prehistoric blogging days, there was no money to be made. It was simply a fun hobby and a social outlet. I wasn’t a “big blogger” but I wanted a design to call my own so I spent $75, which at the time seemed astronomical.

I was on pins and needles all day as the designer worked, and when I finally got to see her handiwork, I squealed with delight. It was PERFECT for me.

fall 2006

Raise your hand if you’ve been around long enough to remember that one! I was still blogging on Blogspot when I had that design!!!

About a year later, I was ready for something new, and I had moved over to Typepad. I employed Jules of Everyday Design (no longer in business) to create a design for me. I can’t find the first one she did; I remember it was pink and green and inspired by a piece of fabric that I loved.

When I tired of that, I called her up again, and she came up with this. I still miss this design sometimes. I think of all my designs ever, this was my favorite.

fall 2007

I wish I had all my old headers. I’ve changed my design so often, I could never come up with all of them. But here is the first one I created for myself, when I started learning design. Keeping with the handbag and coffee theme . . .

spring 2008

And sometime later I went to this. I kept this one and changed the colors with the seasons for quite a while.

summer 2008

Somewhere along the way, I moved to WordPress. When I bought my first premium theme for WordPress, I went all out and had a logo custom made. I wanted something you couldn’t find in stock art, so I commissioned the guy who did all my husband’s Handyguys Podcast design elements to make this coffee-and-handbag logo for me, based on a handbag I own.

spring 2009

The next year, I switched over to a version of what I have now. I kept the custom logo, but I integrated it into a photo header. This is still one of my favorite photo headers EVER.

summer 2010

Since then I’ve been changing up my photos often.

christmas 2010

I diverged for a bit last spring and had my good friend Grace design a totally different look for me.

spring 2011

It was gorgeous, but I missed my photos and my coffee-and-handbag logo. Soon I went back to the photo header, but I designed a new logo for myself, keeping the title the way Grace had it.

The only reason I dropped the tagline is because I have no idea where to put it. So for those of you who are wondering, why the coffee and handbag . . . there you go!

summer 2011

I liked the Christmas one so much that I reinvented it for 2011 with the new logo.

christmas 2011

And that pretty much brings us to where we are today!

spring 2012 header

april 2012

Blog design has certainly evolved in the past six years. The goofy cartoons have largely been replaced by photos or simple logo designs. Headers are not so tall anymore. Everything is becoming more streamlined so as to enhance the content, not over-power it.

How about you? If you blog, how many designs have you had? Most people aren’t crazy like me, changing their design with every shift of the wind. What can I say . . . I get bored easily!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little walk down Memory Lane!