The end of July marks one year since our new adventure began and we walked out of the motor home and settled back into life pretty much as normal once again in home without wheels. Since then I’ve wanted to update my blog design to match but since I was unsure of what I did want and have been contemplating a move to Wordpress, I just couldn’t bring me to spend the money on a new design.
You may have noticed that I’ve slowly been making a few changes on my own. I made new sidebar titles using GIMP, a free downloadable graphics editing program.
That was easy enough.
I also followed directions and made a horizontal drop down menu in Blogger. It wasn’t overly difficult, but very, very time consuming. I spent HOURS on this project. But I love the end result.
I wish I could have figured out how to get a screen shot with the tabs exposed, but you’ll just have to nose around a bit and discover them for yourself. Just keep in mind that though I’ve spent a huge amount of time organizing our destinations by city & state or by type of attraction, I still have a LONG way to go.
Other changes that I’m excited about is my About Page, and my new contact forms which I easily created using Google Docs.
Now if you ever have a question about something that I’ve shared here, you’ll be able to get in touch with me easily.
When I first began my blog, it was simply as a means to keep in touch with our family and friends at home in Ohio. They always joked about the adventures we were on and adventure or not, I tried to make our experiences fun for my kids, no matter what the circumstances were. So I called my blog, Live the Adventure. But that domain name was unavailable so I simply registered The Traveling Praters, not realizing how confusing that could eventually become. So, I officially changed my name. I am now, The Traveling Praters.
Which meant that I needed a new header, which I created using Picnik and GIMP through trial and error.
So, what do you think? I know it’s not perfect, and certainly not the design that’s floating around in my head, but other than the massive amount of time that I’ve stuck into it, it was free, serves the purpose and I do think it’s kind of cute.
Have you ever attempted to pull together your own blog design? What resources did you find helpful?