BLOG REVAMP

As you’ve all probably noticed, my blog has undergone a total revamp, what do you think? I’ve got a new theme, a new header, a new font and I’ve went self-hosted. 

What made me reshuffle my blog and give it an extreme makeover? Well, quite frankly, I was unmotivated and sick of the sight of it. I was fed up of looking at other people’s blogs, comparing theirs to mine, feeling like mine looked utterly unprofessional. I never started blogging for the aesthetic of having my own site, it was more about the writing for me, it still is. I just felt it needed a new look. Something to inspire me and reignite the passion. Something to get me going. And it has succeeded! I’ve been blogging every Wednesday and Sunday and plan to stick to this schedule for the foreseable; I have also been scheduling tweets and posts in advance so yay for productiveness!

I’m just going to quickly share with you all how I went about changing my blog around, who done it and how much it cost. If this is something that interests you further, and I haven’t covered it, feel free to pop me a message or comment below and I’ll be sure to answer any Qs you may have.

Firstly, my new theme was purchased on Pipdig.Why did I choose to use this site? Purely for their reputation. Whenever I see folk on twitter asking about changing the look of their blog or how to go about doing so – the name I constantly see being recommended is Pipdig. And so I guess I jumped on the bandwagon. I knew they were reliable, trustworthy and skilled so zero problems on that front. Additionally, they do all of the work for you, saving you the hassle (and at no extra cost)! It cost me roughly £40 for my new theme

and then I needed to go self-hosted. The lovely chap at Pipdig told me that in order to use the theme I had chosen – my site had to be self-hosted. I was baffled. I had no idea what that meant. I was told it had its bonus’ and perks so I just bit the bullet and went for it. The kind folks at Pipdig recommended I went with Siteground and so I did just that. This cost me a further £60 (so I can assure you I’ll be investigating the perks of going self-hosted and making the most of it).

The font process was intricate and infuriating but we got there in the end (with the help of a few twitter fellows and my boyfriend). I downloaded my desired font from ‘google fonts’ and then went through a very stressful process applying it but it was worth it in the end. It looks brilliant.

Lastly I got a new header made up for me by the lovely Helina(who charged me the small sum of £5). She also creates media kits, logos etc. so get in touch if you want a new look for your blog too! She managed to create it very quickly for me and was so professional. Thanks gal!

And there we have it – doesn’t sound like much but it does set you back a bit and it is a rather stressful few days but doesn’t my blog look so much more professional and stylish? I’m extremely pleased with it and the fire in my belly is burning again. I’ve been writing non-stop and promoting my work like there’s no tomorrow, dying for everyone to see my new look, and desperate for them to tell me what they think! So, let me know below guys! 

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Charlene McElhinney.

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17 Comments

  1. March 11, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Your blog really is looking amazing, Charlene! I’m so glad that it has got you feeling motivated again, sometimes you need something like this as a little pick me up! I also got into blogging purely for the writing side and my blog design definitely comes second in preference to that but recently I have been enjoying playing around with my HTML code to make things a little unique and fun! Loving your new header too, what a bargain at £5!

    Abbey ❤️

  2. March 11, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    I’m loving your blog revamp Charlene, the font is different and easy to read and your header is so cute but so you at the same time.
    I totally get what you mean when I was on Blogger it my draining and boring and I felt so unmotivated to create content but that changed once I moved to WordPress, my post count double in the first 6 months than it had in the whole year I blogged on Blogger. I wish I had the money though to go self-hosted but hopefully in the future. Your blog looks great! 💕

  3. March 11, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Congratulations on the new blog! I love it, especially the comment section (I can finally comment here! yES!!) and it’s great that the new design has motivated you to write more!
    I also recently went self-hosted. However, I don’t really have the income to do anything fancy with it just yet. I got the domain for about $12 and installed wordpress and currently am using a free template. So far, I’m pretty happy with it!
    Kanra Khan

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  4. March 11, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    It looks amazing. I love it!

  5. March 11, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    I love your new header – such a cute design – and I love the whole aesthetic of your blog now, it definitely looks more professional.. 🙊

  6. March 11, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    Your blog looks amazing! It might be pricey but it’s definitely worth it, love your new header too!

    Jess xx

  7. March 11, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    The revamp looks great. Also I need a media kit so thanks for the tip x

  8. March 11, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I love how fresh and bright your new layout is, but it looks different to other bloggers. A lot of bloggers have a very similar design and I always like it when people go for something different. You’ve done a fab job 🙂 xx

  9. March 11, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I absolutely love the look of your blog! Your header and font are the absolute cutest! One of my goals for the next couple months is to go self-hosted so I’m definitely looking forward to more posts about the process for you!

  10. March 11, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Great post! I love your blog the header is so pretty

  11. March 11, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    Ive recently given my blog a revamp! Sometimes its good to mix it up abit & have a re-fresh… i’m loving the new look! xx

  12. March 12, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I love it!! Your new theme looks incredible, I love the header too. I’ve been wanting to give mine a little bit of a makeover but I’m not sure where to start! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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