Inspired by Kelly Rae's ecourse I've been browsing around other blogs and trying to get ideas for how I want my blog to look. Seeing all the gorgeousness out there is a bit overwhelming (not to mention depressing). I know I shouldn't compare myself to other's and that we all should have our own unique style, but when I look at everyone else's blogs and read their insightful posts I just get discouraged. The perfectionist in me feels like I should just give up immediately because I'll never be able to create anything nearly half as nice. Le Sigh!
Until I started browsing around and comparing, I rather liked my layout. I knew I needed to add a ton of content and some fun stuff to my sidebar but overall I liked that it was easy to read and showed graphics off fairly well. I thought having just the one sidebar kept it from getting two cluttered and busy looking. Now I'm afraid that having just the one sidebar means I'm not truly optimizing my space. If I had two sidebars I could put up a whole lot more stuff. Maybe I should go with a more creative and fun header instead of my simple photographs. Maybe I should switch to a blogger journal so I can put in a fancy background and all the neat widgets like the Google Friends Follow button that so many blogs have (and isn't offered with wordpress). So many choices and so much to think about. Since I can't make up my mind and I'm feeling overwhelmed I'm just going to leave my layout alone for a bit and not make any major changes to the overall design. I'm just going to work on adding content for now.So far I've added a Twitter widget (titled My random thoughts) to my sidebar so that on occasion I can post little updates or info that doesn't really warrant a full blog post but that I want to share with everyone anyway. I thought it might be fun. I'm working on adding more content to the buttons in my header. And most importantly I will try to post at least two or three times every week. It's not easy with a baby but I think that posting regularly is important as a way to helping me find my own blogging voice (something I struggle with) and because I need a place to work out thoughts, ideas, dreams, etc. That's really what I started my blog to do. I'm afraid I'm getting too caught up in writing for an audience and forgetting that I started this place FOR MYSELF. I don't want to lose sight of that. This is my creative safe haven. I need to take advantage of it more.
I would love critiques and suggestions on ways I can improve my blog from anyone who stops in. It always helps to get feedback and maybe it will help me clarify what I really need to do around here to spruce things up. To lift my spirits and clear my head I think I'll post a photo I took awhile back. Just something kinda pretty to brighten the place up,lol: