For a while now I've been wanting to change the format and design of my blog. Not because I don't love the format I currently have, which is from Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates ( a wonderful site which offers a whole host of beautiful goodies for your blog), but because I want my blog to better reflect what I'm writing about now. Less baking, more jewellery.
I sat and chewed my lip a bit, wondered about whether I should ask a blog designer to do it for me, had a talk with myself (not in a scary thinking there was another person in the room way, but in a "you can do this, you're a smart woman" and "my, your hair's looking sassy today" kind of way) and then embraced my gung-ho attitude and ended with "Come on Em, let's have a go!". The Advanced Editor feature on Blogger is brilliant!
So, I've set up another blog where I can run amok in the html without running the risk of deleting every post written over the past two years and then beating my chest and sobbing over the keyboard as I watch my blog disappear.
And even if I say so myself, it's not too shabby. I'm not a blog designer and it's a simple format but it's a bit ring-a-ding ruddy lovely.
The only problem I have now is transferring the new design from the temporary blog over the format I currently have here. I'm not brilliant at doing this, and because my current format isn't a template offered by blogger, I run the risk of ending up with a mix of old blog design and new blog design, all melded together like some kind of blogging Frankenstein horror creation.
I am waiting on a little technical help with this. The last time I tried to do it myself, I had a few, ahem, problems. It was as if I'd gone out and left the key in the blog door and vandals got in and trashed my blog. Only, I'd done it myself. Live it, learn it. I am staying away from my html.
Although I'm a little bit sad to be saying goodbye to my fairy cakes. So to speak. I'm looking forward to being able to display the jewellery I've made more prominently on my blog, so that when people come to take a peek, they don't get confused and think I'm slamming out the cupcakes.
So, thank you Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates for giving me two years of a beautifully designed blog. I've thoroughly enjoyed my fairy cake header and the rich deep colours. But it's on to blogging pastures new.
I'm not sure exactly when I'll be making the transfer but am pretty sure it will be some time during the next week, after having a stiff pint of gin or three, and taking a few deep breaths to calm the nerves. (Who am I kidding? Gin? I'll be chomping my way through a jumbo bag of the old Ready Salted to steady my hand.)
Wish me luck.
P.S. Thank you to everyone who's entered the giveaway, and for your lovely comments about reaching 200 followers. You're ace. Em x