Nothing like a conversation with your mother to make you feel like you've been punched in the gut:P Now, don't get me wrong, I have a good relationship with my mom. This is not a trash mom post. She does however, have the tact of a bull in a china shop at times...
Mom called me up today to tell me another story of a blogger who had been discovered *poof* movie deal. I said "quite frankly, I don't know how to take my blog to the next level." To which she replied..."Well, the way your blog looks now, I think you've lost your appeal to the mommy blogger market." Ummmm.....What?
First off, as a person who spent the last year designing over 60 blogs...that is really a blow to the ego. I mean, I am proud of my little bloggy business. I think I've learned a lot, and cranked out some really good work. That being said, I gotta tell you, my personal blog design was not intended to "appeal to the mommy blogger market". I never even thought about it. Should I have?
The design of my blog has evolved over time. I started with two columns, then went to three. I felt like my sidebars had gotten cluttered, so I figured out how to utilize the footer (I parked a lot of blog stuff there). Tabs, full page header, split sidebar...it all came one piece at a time. I really think my blog is clean. Have I stumbled into some bad lighting? Have I lost readers from my appearance? Is there something wrong with my look? I can feel my ego deflating like a punch balloon...plllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllt!
This conversation came about over my new header. If you are in a reader, click over. I felt like changing my header (I do it almost monthly). The thing about knowing how to design...it is both a blessing and a curse. It means no matter how your blog looks, you are never satisfied, and you always come up with new things to do. This current look...I felt the need to go sketchy. You know, kind of a deconstructed look. Me personally, I really like it. I added texture to give it kind of a designer paper look (although, I want to tweak the texture on the character a bit...see what I mean...never done).
Bottom line, and I know it's ironic for a blog designer to say this, I don't think design matters if you have good content. That being said, if you can get a great look for under a hundred bucks...why wouldn't you? I think it is fun...like getting a new pair of shoes:)
Which leaves me right back where I started...Is there such a thing as an offensive design? Is there anything about my look that turns you, the reader off? What appeals to you in the look of a blog? Who am I? Will I ever feel like a grown up? Are Jack and Kate going to blow up the island (oops...that's another post)...let 'er rip, I promise...I can take it (excuse me while I go sit in the corner and bite my nails...)