I’ve been thinking for a long time about redesigning my site, but I keep going back and forth on it.
(Gasp! Really, Nicole? You going back and forth on a decision? I can hardly believe it!)
Okay, now that you’ve all got that out of your systems …
My current design is actually a random design that I got as a freebie from a now-defunct designer when I first started my blog. I thought it was pretty, so I picked it. That was about all the thought that went into it.
Well, in the last two years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve thought about that random choice A LOT. I still think it’s pretty, but I kind of wish I had something that better reflected my blog’s theme – you know, books. I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I would LOVE it if I could have a header that featured a girl eating books (to go with my title). I’d want something cartoony. I was looking for some inspiration and I found this adorableness (and now I definitely need to get this book – click on the cover to see it on Goodreads):
There are lots of other fun illustrations in this book that inspired me too! Obviously, I don’t want to copy this, but I love the idea of a girl with a wide-open mouth, ready to munch on a book! I’ve been thinking that maybe I could somehow keep a bird in the header too (maybe even a version of this same bird if I could manage it?) and keep the same general color scheme to keep cohesiveness, but I’m not sure. Would it be better to just do a total overhaul?
BUT (there’s always a but, right), there are a few things holding me back from making any changes.
- First off, I get TONS of compliments on my blog design. Lots of people seem to really love it, and it’s distinctive. Anyone who knows of my blog, even a little bit, recognizes the logo.
- Secondly, if I did decide to go ahead with the redesign, where do I find someone to illustrate this book eating girl for me? It’s not just an easy to find little vector that I can pick up anywhere – it would probably have to be custom.
- And how much would it cost to hire said artist? (I don’t mind spending money, but I can’t go TOO crazy.)
- And do I actually need someone to do a full redesign of the site, or should I just stick with getting a new header and go from there? What else is provided for a full redesign? (I’m pretty happy with my Tweak Me Theme from Creative Whim, so I’m thinking I could get away without the full redesign, but maybe I’m missing some obvious huge benefits?)
So, what do you guys think? Should I do it or would you be sad to see my Fiction Addiction birdie go away? Does anyone have any recommendations for designers or illustrators? I want to know!
So, please, take my poll! I want your opinions here because, as usual, I’m totally stuck!