Monday, January 25, 2010

New Year…New Look

Last year, I unveiled a fresh, new look to the blog, so I thought I might do the same thing this year. After all, our family has undergone so many new changes over the past 12 months, that it seems fitting to celebrate 2010 as sort of a new beginning for our growing family as we start life as a family of five, back in God's Country (aka: Texas).

I have to tell you that last year, I paid a blog designer to create the look for 2009. While it was really nice to be the "client" for a change, I had a hard time forking over $75 for a design I know I could have done myself. I am a gifted graphic artist, after all (*wink wink*). =) There was, however, one giant obstacle standing between me and financial blog freedom… I don't know html. I'm not a programmer and my strength is not in multi-media. I am a print media guru. If it can be printed on paper I can design it. But if it needs to be on the web, uh-oh.

Over the past 7 years of freelancing graphic arts, I have relied heavily on my web designer friends to meet the html needs of my clients, as they have arisen. However, with blog design becoming a new and blossoming opportunity for freelance, I figured the time had come to buckle down and delve into the unknown world of primitive html and figure out how to get a blog from "here" to "there". So… this new blog look is my first attempt at creating a blog from scratch. I hope you like it! I'm hoping to become more adept at manipulating the code so that maybe I can branch out into blog design as another avenue for revenue. Be sure you scroll all the way to the bottom so you can see the cute little page footer I added down there. =)


Julie and Brian said...

Looks good. I can't believe you paid $75 before! You know you can find the code for free in some places!

Bev Wilson said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You could go int business. Mom

Jeni said...

Jules, I don't care much for the free templates. You can't customize them and I wanted a personalized blog. It's a good alternative if you want a semi-custom look on a budget, though.