Not too long ago I had an email exchange with a long-time reader of DYOB where she expressed to me that she was about to give up blogging. It was too frustrating for her to find the right theme, too hard to make customizations, and her biggest problem?
The next shiny new thing!
Blog design (like any kind of design) is a funny thing. It is constantly evolving and changing and there’s ALWAYS something new. Last week it was chevron. This week it’s watercolor. Next week it’ll be gold and metallics.
How do you choose ONE style and stick with it???
Listen, I know what you’re going through, truly I do. It took me months to design the first version of DYOB and as soon as I decided to stop fiddling with it and go live, I hated it. Ha!
I want the next shiny new thing too! Why do you think I write and share about this stuff?? Because I can’t get enough of it!
If you haven’t experienced this yet with your blog, I’m sure you have with your home. Picture this:
You spent months designing the perfect living room, you picked out the colors, the fabrics, the textures. You went to Home Depot, the furniture and design store, got everything you needed and spent an entire month working on the living room. When it was done, it was amazing. Beautiful. Great job! You pat yourself on the back.
You opened up the next month’s issue of your favorite design mag and BAM! Just like that, you hate what you’ve done and now you want THAT!
OMG it’s enough to drive you mad, right??
But hey that’s the beauty of design. It’s hard to narrow down on a single design scheme when you like so many different ones!
So What’s the Solution?
You’re probably going to hate me for saying this, but at some point you just have to pick one and run with it. And forget the rest. Really. Forget it. The grass will ALWAYS be greener over there and that’s ok. It’s not so bad over here either or you wouldn’t have picked it in the first place, right?
A Few Tips to Pick a Design Style to Stick With:
- Start collecting inspiration in a Pinterest board.
It can be private if you like. Just start putting screenshots of blogs you like, color palettes you are drawn to, anything that speaks to you. Do this for at least a week or two.
- Pare it down.
When you’ve accumulated a good amount of images, step back and take a good look at what you’ve collected. Do you see patterns? Do you see some of the same type of styles or colors over and over?
- Pick the one or two styles that really stand out to you.
Then move those Pins to their own separate boards and collect more images that fall into these two themes for another couple of days.
- Now it’s time to choose one.
Yep, it’s time to just choose one and run with it! Forget about that other one and don’t “what-if” the heck out of your decision. JUST CHOOSE.
- Forget about the other stuff.
It’s the only way to stay sane. Be happy and proud of your choice.
This is the fun part so don’t rush it! The more time you allow for your choices to marinate, the more likely you’ll be happy with your final decision.
You’ve got your design style figured out, now what?
If you haven’t downloaded by newest book yet, you’ll want to do that now. In it, I’m gonna help you figure out your branding down to colors, fonts and details. It’s gonna be awesome! We even have a Facebook community to help you through the 50 steps.
And P.S. I will be raising the price soon. I’ve been told by several colleagues recently that I am charging way too little for it as the book really is more of a self-paced course than just an eBook. I hemmed and hawed about it for a while but I decided they’re right, I’m not valuing it at what it’s truly worth.
But I can’t just raise the price without warning so you’ve got a few more weeks to get it at the current super low price and then I’ll be raising it before the end of the month.
Have you fussed over design styles in the past (in your blog, home, etc)? What did you do to be happy with your choice? I’d love to here how you manage the next shiny new thing, so leave a comment below! And be sure to share this too!
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