A blog Makeover1:35 PM
I decided it was about time for a complete makeover, the one that would require me to lay some protective plastic sheet on the floor and put my working clothes on should this blog had been an actual brick and mortar room.
Instead, I spend hours looking for a free blog template I liked. It was followed by more hours testing it on my secret test blog (where I do most of the mess before screwing up Home Cyn Home). And, because I just needed a new header, I spent a few countless hours designing one.
But there is is! The new Home Cyn Home! Let me give you a tour:
I decided to go get a free template and start afresh this time. No more coding every single individual bits to look a certain way and loosing my mind about old bits that do not fit with the new bits. I chose the "Feminist" template from "ThemeXpose"
Where is what now?
The new template has a lot of the old elements that moved around. Don't worry, everything is still there and there has been a few new features added.
The old navigation bar that came right under the header has now shifted to the top of the blog. I still has the About me, Disclosure and categories tabs, but I killed the archives (don't worry you can still access it, more about that later)
That nav bar has one super nifty feature I just loved: The social media icons to follow me are display on the right hand corner, and the "Search the blog" feature relocated upstairs as well (just click on the magnifying glass).
The archive tab moved back to a full fledged widget but I kept it at the bottom of the page. This mean you will have to scroll down a bit if you want to access it, but if you are looking for a specific post, seriously, just use the search feature, it works great.
The good old black and white picture from the previous header is still in! I simply migrated it to an "About" Widget to the top of the side bar. If you want to really know all the dirt about my little person, you can still find that on the "About Me page" (in the navbar).
No excuses not to follow me...none
This template is social media heavy. Not only can you find the icons to follow me in the top Navbar, you can also do so by clicking on the buttons on the sidebar. And just in case you found yourself scrolling all the way down and are too lazy to go back up to follow me, there are buttons to do so in the blog footer.
Do I hear you say "But what if we just read your blog post and are too lazy to scroll up or down"?
Ha! I got you covered, there is a new nifty little "Author card" at the end of each post. A card that not only remind you I am a tea lover living in Mumbai, but also has all the social icons for you to follow me.
No more excuses not to share or comment
Not that you ever had that excuse to begin with, but now it is prettier to share. All these social share buttons just beg to be clicked, do not leave them alone!
No time to read the posts but time to look at the pictures?
Posts that have more than one pictures are displayed on the homepage with a slideshow feature. Just click the arrow to move from one pic to the next. Let me remind you that all pictures are still copyrighted, and that you need to ask for my permission to use them though.
No time to go check what I have been up to on Instagram? No problem, there is a widget that will let you see my latest 9 Instagram pictures right beside the "Archive" widget. You need to scroll down past the blog posts to see it, but it is there (I might move it later, not sure about it)
The new header
After moving my picture to the sidebar, I figured out it was just about time for a new header. I kept the Home Cyn Home font, I tweaked some of the colours, and painted a background in watercolour to match the new template's accent colour.
At this point there might still be a few details to hammer in, and a few kinks to fix.
If you notice anything strange, be a dear and let me know in the comments. I also would love to know how you like the new layout, even if there is no bug to report.