Here's what I'm imagining you did:
*saw post on Emma's blog*
*either groooaaaaned or thought ooh, yay!* (If you did the former, please feel free to unfollow me at any time, thanks.)
*clicked on post*
*immediately noticed blog design change*
*thought, isn't that, like, the third time in two months she's changed her blog design? What is WRONG with the girl?*
*rolled your eyes*
Maybe you didn't do exactly that. ;-P But I'm sure you noticed that A Lantern In Her Hand looks much different today than it did a few days ago. Yes, people, I've changed my look -- again. Yes, I know it was only a few weeks since I put the last header up, and I did think it was beautiful, but...it wasn't quite right. So I went ahead and changed it again.
The truth is, I change my blog layout way too much. I am aware of this. It seems like my mood is always changing, and thus my vision for this blog. There are days when I want it to be cozy and vintage and quaint, other days when I feel like being all hip and cool and modern. (*cough cough* which is really sooooo not me, most of the time! ;-)) And so I tend to think, well, this is the way I feel, so this is the way The Blog should look. People should be able to tell from the moment they click on it what kind of person I am. They should see what great taste I have and what an awesome blogger I am. Right?
|This doesn't exactly relate, except that I *don't* have any of those social medias and I think it's funny. ;-D|
Here's the thing: I want my blog to reflect my personality, but I don't want it to be the extent of my personality. My online life is not my life; it's an extension of my life, and a very special part of it, but I don't want to put too much stock in how I appear through this little ol' blog of mine and thus neglect to embrace the real-life me beyond these four walls....um, four sides of the screen.
Hence the new layout. This was my mood yesterday. Simple, fresh...a little boring, maybe. But it's like a blank canvas. I can paint on it anything I want to. And that's what I like about it.
I want my writing to be strong enough without the help of a fancy-shmancy header to convince people that they should read my posts. That's not to say anything against fancy-shmancy headers -- I love pretty headers!!! I love gorgeous, frilly, sparkly blogs. (I get super excited every time Naomi changes her header, cuz hers are the best.) But for me, right now, that's not what I need. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, feelings, and bits of my life -- it always has been. But I'm not the same girl I was when I started it, and I'm continually growing, and changing too, whether I want to or not. ;-P My writing has changed sort of drastically, too -- the other day I was reading some of my old blog posts and couldn't help laughing. I'm a much more mature writer than I was (THANK GOODNESS), but I'm still working on polishing my writing skills so they can stand on their own. I hope my writing here is strong. And good. And something people want to read.
So that's my long-winded-and-probably-too-deep explanation of why I have (for, like, the third time in two months) changed my blog design. ;-)
And don't worry, folks -- this doesn't mean there's going to be more astronomical changes around here. Just because it looks different doesn't mean it is different. I'll still be posting about the same old things. (That may or may not be good news to you, heh. ;-))
With all that said: what do you think?