Several of the past few assignments for Blogging 101 have pertained to updating various visuals on your site–theme, widget, “About Me” page, etc. So, I thought I’d write up some brief notes regarding changes happening around here.
As you can probably tell, Keep Your Feet has undergone a bit of a face-lift. I’ve wanted to ditch the Hemingway Rewritten theme for quite some time. The problem, however, was finding a theme that had a similar structure while matching my desired visual appeal. It was a long search, but I finally landed on Gateway. I’m extremely happy with the new look. I feel like it captures my personality better than the old one.
Another assignment had to do with creating a custom header. One of my favorite aspects of my old theme was that I had multiple headers that would switch from one page to another. I liked the randomness of it all and felt like it enabled me to express multiple things about myself and my site–from golden leaves to a winter trail to a sunset and so on. After much deliberation, I decided to do away with this and go with a static header. I ended up going with a new image completely–a photo of myself and a friend in a secondhand bookstore. The shot was taken last January and has been the cover photo of my Facebook page ever since.
One thing I had never thought of that came up on the Blogging 101 emails was using PicMonkey to create a custom header. I tinkered with the idea of further customizing the above image, but ended up staying with the automatic look that comes with the theme. Maybe one of these days I’ll revisit the idea. What I DID get out of the header assignment was not a header, but static images to go with some of my features. They’re not anything graphically astounding, but I’m rather pleased with them!
Blogging 101 has really been a delight and a challenge. Although I’m kind of disappointed about not being able to gain access to the Commons (despite filling out the required form several times and making inquiries), I’ve really liked getting my site together. It’s been fun getting to know people, find new blogs, and learn more about how WordPress works. My blog has undergone lots of changes for the better over the past week and I’m excited to see what happens over the next couple weeks!