Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Blog Design

I am ashamed to admit it, but I have just spent the last 8 hours customizing my blog. If I close my eyes, all I can see is HTML code.

(Note: Thanks to my computer whiz brother, Ben, for widening my columns for me!)

I have much more I want to do, but I MUST MAKE MYSELF STOP!!!!! : )

For WFMW, I thought I'd share some of the websites that were a great help to me today. Before I do, I want to add a disclaimer so I don't scare away my family members that are considering blogging. Some of you have asked if blogging is hard to do, and the answer is, "It is only as difficult as you want to make it." : ) Blogger has great templates that are easy to use and you will never even need to know what HTML code is if you don't want to.

But if you find yourself bored with your current template and want to customize it a bit. Here are the links I found:

This one is a wealth of resources and tricks! Tips for New Bloggers

And this one helped me make my navigation bar: Real Life

This one was a great resource for choosing my colors: HTML Color Codes

Have fun making your blog your own!

BUT I need to add one more warning. If you click on the links above, hours will disappear, and your kitchen will end up looking like mine!

I can't believe I'm sharing that with the world! : )

To my fellow WFMW bloggers- Welcome! Thank you for visiting. Let me know you were here and feel free to look around.

To see other WFMW tips, click here.


Hilty Sprouts said...

I like the color and it's very easy to read.

Good job!


Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

I totally agree on the Tips for New Bloggers link -- they have been SO helpful every time I have decided to tweak my blog design!

Anonymous said...

I love the new look. Mom

jen said...

Thanks for these - might just gather some courage and use them!

SAHMmy Says said...

Thanks for the links! My blog is beyond ugly--I've never enhanced it after choosing a boring Blogger template back in August.

Cyndy said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am going to schedule a "I'm lost in blogland design day" just so I can totally mess with my blog! I also have a computer savvy brother who will more than likely recieve several calls on that day! LOL!
BTW - you are now bookmarked on my computer;).

ttelroc said...

I just love a good resource with a testimonial to go with it. I need to do something with my blog & haven't wanted to research the best way - Thanks for a direction!! Your blog looks real nice.

Have A Great Day!

Kelly @ Growing.Learning.Playing. said...

You sure did a great job! Thank you for sharing those websites with us; I'll have to check them out.

Pam said...

Thanks so much. I have been wanting to custimize my blog for so long but never really had the time or patience to do all of the research. And my DH (who can do it) and I cannot find time for him to help me.

Britni said...

I did the same thing... maybe longer than 8 hours to get a customized header. It took forever even though I design websites at work... looks good.

Real Life Sarah said...

Customizing can be SO addicting! Now that I know how, I'm always wanting to change something! Thanks for the mention, I'm glad your menu turned out! I'm about to start designing blogs so I can play with other people's blogs, and stop changing mine all the time! If anyone needs any help adding backgrounds or headers, and changing widths, feel free to ask!

Becky Avella said...

Thanks Sarah,
That's my next project....creating a custom header. : )


andreawilliams said...

How the heck did you get a picture of MY kitchen??

reprehriestless warillever said...

The navbar is a nice touch. I'll have to check that link out.

Pufferfish Mommy said...

Everything looks awesome! I love the colors, too. Very easy on the eyes. I have a lot of work to do on my blog as well, and have bookmarked all the links you shared. Thank you!!!


missy said...

Your blog looks fantastic, but now I'm going to be wasting hours customizing mine now. I've always wanted to have a little nav bar like that but didn't know how to do it.

Thanks for the tips.


Amy said...

Oh thankyou thankyou thankyou!

I've been itching to give my blog a makeover, but there are some key things I don't know how to do. Hopefully these sites will help!

Of course, we'll see if I'm still thanking you when I'm 2 days behind on laundry, the kitchen is a mess, and the fam is eating PBJ's twice a day, lol!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip, I am in the process of transferring my blog. I need all the tips I can get!

Unknown said...

Hey, I found you through Stephanie at "No Cleaning Here." Enjoying your blog and thanks for these websites - maybe I can make mine more interesting too!