My Kingdom For A New Blog Design

Change is always inevitable. Change is also another way of saying that something you didn’t think of or want to happen…has happened. Ever since Footsteps in the Mirror became a part of the 9rules Blogging Community, I’ve been exposed to a lot of good blogs, blogs that don’t just look good, they sound good. I’d like to think that in this case, the way I’ve been blogging has always been part of what makes this blog what it is. It’s about me and content is king.

Yet in the past 6 months, it’s hard not to look at fellow 9ruler blogs like Lelia Thomas and James Mathias, and then wonder to yourself, “How in the name of God did I survive looking at my own blog everyday without poking my eye out with a stick?” I guess it’s just something you have to live with when you lack the knowledge and capability to design something as simplistically ingenious or deviously creative as they do.

Still, that hasn’t stopped me yet. Over the past…well…for a long time now, I’ve been tinkering with the design of my blog, pushing it to the limits from its original Beccary design to what you see right now. The changes might be only surface deep, but I can assure you that the road there was no small feat. Even if it is something simple to those that know what they are doing, this is a layout I can call…uniquely personal (I can’t technically call it mine now since it’s still Beccary’s core code).

I have been dabbling with trying to design a layout of my own over the past year and sure enough it was supposed to replace this theme, but it never did pan out. Whatever I wanted to do, whatever design that I had planned for my blog, I just couldn’t do it with the knowledge I have. There is only so much you can learn by reverse engineering themes that you like. The rest of it comes from your own ability to know what you’re doing and I can tell you, I had no idea what I was doing.

So yet again, I’m about to attempt a redesign of this blog. Not the because the one now has outlived it’s usefulness, but because I’m the type of person who thinks big and tries to fly even though he doesn’t have wings. Who knows, maybe this time will be different. Maybe change this time round will be something welcomed. Maybe I’ll get help from people willing to design the things I can’t possibly do so on my own. Maybe I’ll be able to do all the things I thought off before.

Or maybe you’ll be seeing this theme again for another year. Uh oh…that’s definitely something unexpected.

8 thoughts on “My Kingdom For A New Blog Design

  1. Same here old boy. I think I might be able to design – in its strictest, graphical sense – some lay-out that I’d like, and I have done so in the past, but the mere thought of digging into HTML, let alone PHP or CSS or what have you, sends shivers down my spine.

    I’ve actually often discussed this with friends; yesterday in fact was the most recent of such conversations. I hate the idea that the template I use, beautifully designed as it is by Ben Eastaugh and Chris Johnson, is just one in an endless row of identical free WordPress blogs. At least yours, then, is indeed unique.

    On the other hand I can’t see myself going through the hassle of hosting myself or even buying an upgrade and go tinkering in the CSS options that would then become available.

    Also, I keep telling myself, if standard is good enough for that Scoble guy, it’s good enough for me. It’s an eternal frustrating contradiction. Well, at least you are already one step ahead of me and I hope you sort it out soon. These blogs, they’ve become such a part of us that it’s understandable we should identify with them so much. Now we have to learn to live with them and how they look.

  2. Same here! As soon Blogger lets me upgrade, I have to recreate my site in the new format. Fun times ahead! like renovating house.

  3. Nils: I think it’s the sense of pride in regards to treating your blog the same way you would treat your own house. I like my blog to look as good as it feels. I like it to convey ease to whoever reads it. So I would try and try hard to change the way my blog looks. I might not have everything it takes, but I’ll always feel uneasy when I can’t put in what I want in my blog.

    ChickyBabe: Well I certainly look forward to your new blog layout. 🙂

  4. Well if you play enough with someone else’s you will eventually have enough knowledge to make your own. But don’t feel too badly. I have a designer sitting right next to me who helped me tweak my free one, and was even able to adjust a template for a client so that it looks like their site.
    The only reason other than pride that I can think of to design my own template would be to get the advertising when someone uses your template. I suppose that would be pretty cool to surf the net and see your template being used on another blog.

  5. Pelf: Well…can’t be the signature site if it didn’t now did it?

    PixelHead: Well that is if you allow other people to use your own template. As it is, I don’t have plans for that. I don’t think I have a designer that’s willing to sit next to me while I redesign my own blog. Not unless that designer happened to be a half naked poster of Miss December from FHM. While that’s mostly wishful thinking, I suppose I can try make time. That’s always the problem in these cases. 🙂

  6. vthe mere thought of digging into HTML, let alone PHP or CSS or what have you, sends shivers down my spine.

    Some days it does that to me too, and I do this sort of thing for a living. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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