Sunday, January 11, 2009

Designing a blog is a lot like planning a party

I have come to realize that no matter how many times I view my blog, it isn't going to change by itself.  But nonetheless, I find myself opening a browser periodically throughout the day. Designing a header, choosing templates, fonts, colors, etc. I just can't figure out what exactly I want it to look like. I need inspiration. Aha! It dawned on me that coming up with a design for a new blog is rather like trying to come up with a unique way to celebrate an occasion that has been celebrated countless times before.

A little background... Several times a year, I host various parties to celebrate the holidays and birthdays. It started when my first daughter turned one, and I had to have a theme to plan her party around. That was almost seven years ago, and I've been a theme girl ever since. I have scoured the Internet in the ensuing years looking for inspiration, clever interpretations, and that something special that would set my party apart from the humdrum.

And I'll be darned if that isn't exactly what I've been doing over the past few days with this blog design.!

So I decided to take a page out of my party planning notebook and apply it here. When at a loss for the spark of inspiration, choose something to work with and go from there. You can always change it up later. Sounds simple, right? A good friend once shared with me a valuable piece of advice which was given to her when she was trying to get her back garden to look how it looked in her mind. Her mother-in-law said to her, "You just have to go ahead and make the first dig." So that's what I did. I designed a little header, opted to keep the background plain for now, and tweaked the font color a bit. There. Not so hard after all. And while I'm sure the look of the blog will evolve, you know, when I get that real spark of inspiration... for now, I rather dig it!


Toni said...

Tanya - Your site looks fantastic! Love the design and theme - not to mention your blog title ROCKS! Can't wait to hear all about your party planning endeavors!!!

Tanya said...

Thanks for the feedback, Toni! Like most things in my life, it's a work in progress. I'm learning! And I'll try not to disappoint on the party planning details!