No I am not getting married…but I was feeling that itch for a change. Ughhh it’s a designers bain, constantly seeking something new. I don’t seem to have that problem with any client sites, however my site never seems perfect enough. I guess that makes me a good designer?… always seeking perfection, which can be a pitfall…
Getting the urge to redesign is probably the #1 reason that people change their site and the #1 problem with redesigning…this may sound hypocritical, but “don’t redesign your blog just because you are bored with it.” It’s actually a natural occurrence and so you need to stick with it, because as your boredom increases users actually don’t experience that same feeling. They are happy with what you have, as long as the content is good.
With that said, I did change my heading a bit. Here’s the hypocritical part: my change was not a “redesign” per se. Besides just needing something new, I changed the heading for the following reasons (reasons that make it ok to change things up a bit):
- I felt visitors needed more guidance, at first glance, as to what my blog was about. A snappy headline in addition to “Food For Thought” would do the trick, hence “thinking. blogging. engaging … Web 2.0″
- I shifted images to keep the overall feel the same. Originally the “[rc]” box was on the left and now I shifted it to the right (obviously), but the overall look is consistent.
- I tied in the image of the thought cloud to the icon imagery that I use in conjunction with my post headers throughout the blog.
Lessons to be learned: There are good and bad reasons for making changes on your site. Make sure you evaluate why you are making those changes. Test before you implement those changes. Make sure those changes are consistent with your overall look and feel. Have fun with it!