Hey everyone! You may have noticed that I’ve been laying kinda low lately. And if you’ve been reading my emails, you’ll know that the reason is I’ve had to put all my focus into the DYOB redesign.
You see, I’ve been planning this redesign for almost a year now: taking notes of features I like, searching for themes that spark my interest and gathering design inspiration in a secret Pinterest board… I even went so far as to announce a redesign happening back in November!
But then I spent all of last fall on the creation and launch of my first eBook, I started a new Facebook group last winter that’s been growing wildly, I introduced monthly themed posts in May, and then just last month my day job totally changed which has had quite an affect on how much time I can spend on DYOB. Ugh jobs! 😉
I decided that the only way to get any forward progress on this elusive redesign project was to shut off distractions and focus throughout the month of July. So I postponed the monthly themes and got some help to manage the Facebook group from my fabulous, life-saving moderators, Laura Beeby and Jenny Crowell Kyles, just so I could focus and get it done already!
Redesign Launch Party!
The plan was to relaunch DYOB on July 29th with a big party in time for my 2 year Blogiversary! Yep, that’s today folks! Two years ago today, DYOB launched for the world to see!
Unfortunately, there’s no party today. Womp womp. :[
Yep, I think I spent a tad too much time picking out the perfect font palette. Then last week I ran into some technical difficulties with my new theme (see? I’m not immune to them either)! Long story short: I’m behind schedule. But barring any future tech glitches, I’m back on track and working like a fiend behind the scenes because I want this party to go down!
I’ve talked with some pretty AMAZING blogger friends and they’ve all agreed to contribute a fabulous product or service to giveaway during my relaunch week! We’re talking books, courses, themes, graphics, consultations… the works! There will be 10 lucky winners so your chances of winning will be pretty great!
Redesign Progress Update
On launch day you’ll get ALL the details behind the redesign project, but just because the new blog isn’t quite ready to launch doesn’t mean that I can’t share a few sneak peeks and show you what I’ve accomplished so far, right?
What I’ve Done So Far:
- Logo updated
- Color palette defined
- Mood board created (shown above)
- Font palette defined
- Brand board done
- Design mockups for both home page and a post page created in Photoshop*
Transferred DYOB from Bluehost to Siteground. Hey, wait a second Marianne! Aren’t you an affiliate for Bluehost? Yes! Don’t get me wrong, Bluehost is great! I still use them for my other blogs, including my husband’s and my step-son’s.
But DYOB is starting to get more and more traffic and I am at the point where I need to pay more for a managed WordPress host that can handle more bandwidth and take over some of the things I don’t have time for like backups, security and super caching to name a few. I looked into Bluehost’s managed hosting plans too but in the end, it was Siteground’s* killer Independence Day sale that pulled me in. And I’m so so happy with their incredible support: They went above and beyond to help me get everything set up for the new design launch!
- Bought and installed a new theme from Theme Forest (I’ll reveal which one at launch)
- Began applying my custom design to the new theme.
Here’s the final brand board:
That’s where I’m at now: applying the design and yeah it’s time consuming. So many little details as you probably know!
What’s Left To Do:
- Redo my post title images to match the new design and stand out more in Pinterest
- Update my profile pics/descriptions in all of my accounts
- Update social media graphics and logos in all of my accounts
I’ve been logging everything I’m doing and I’ll share a checklist with you when all is said and done!
Is a Blog Redesign in Your Future?
Have you been thinking about doing a redesign for your own blog? Not sure where to start?
Question for you:
I’ve been thinking for a long time about putting together a course that walks you through a complete blog redesign, start to finish. I’d share with you my entire process for the DYOB redesign as well as provide actionable lessons, a workbook and weekly feedback sessions. In the end, you’d have a brand new blog design that you did yourself with a little help from me and the class!
Don’t worry, I’m not selling you on it, I haven’t even started creating it and we all know how long it takes me to get things done around here 😉
But I’d love to know your thoughts on something like this!
Would you be interested? What kinds of things would you want to know about the process? What has you stumped or blocked on moving forward with your own redesign? Please let me know in the comments below!
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