I'm usually pretty savy with computer stuff. But for some reason I can't figure out how to spruce up my blog layout? I know what I want, but cant figure out how to do it. Too frustrated and impatient to REALLY give it a try. My question is... did you bloggers design your own blog layout or use somebody else? Who do you recommend?
My blog was designed by my sister who just so happens to be an amazing graphic designer! I think she would do a blog make-over for anyone if they ask... oh maybe pay a little in return! Check out my layout here: http://swagstudio.blogspot.com/
This is a topic very near & dear to my heart right now. I have just this week finished my website/blog's redesign. It was a 3 month process from the moment when I talked with the designer to this past weekend when I felt like I was finally ready for the public. It was stressful, difficult, and challenging from every turn. . .but I am so glad I did it! It is 100% better than it was!! I had a separate website and blog and now I am happy that they are now incorporated in the same Wordpress theme. This is how it went for me (in list fashion because I can't help myself): 1) I decided I needed an update/some real changes. 2) I settled on a Wordpress website. 3) I began researching themes and Wordpress websites. 4) I found a theme that I liked (Revolution2 by Brian Gardner) and began reading through their forum. 5) I discovered a web designer who had used the theme and was letting people know about her latest design. - I loved it! 6) I contacted her and we began working together.
Right now, both sites are live so you can check out the "Before" site and blog and the "After" site and blog. What do you think?
Mine is a combination of both. I nabbed a design that fit most of what I wanted. Then I changed the photos (they are all taken by me) and some sidebar stuff. Added some widgets and such. And, depending on what you want on your blog, and which service you use, there are tons of freebie sites out there for layouts. (and some that you can purchase as well, as I am sure you know)
I had someone else do it and I was extremely happy with her - Lindsey from Sour Apple Studios (sourapplestudios.com). Her designs are beautiful and she is so great to work with. I had my blog done within a week - she is very reasonable. If you contact her let her know that Otherhood, LLC. referred you. Good luck!