Made some major changes to my blog in response to today’s challenge ‘audit your blog’. From my ‘Day One’ assignment I realized that I wanted my blog to emphasize ‘travel adventure’ and look more magazine-like.
The short story: I added a Showcase page and new header to my blog.
The long story: My blog as it looked before I started messing with it:
I originally choose the theme Oxygen for its ‘Showcase’ home page but then I couldn’t get it to work. Today I spent several hours trying to figure it out and eventually succeeded. But not before I tried out another completely different theme: Twenty Fourteen (below). I’m not sure I like this theme; each post is run in its entirety, meaning one can’t quickly scan for posts that one likes.
However, I really like the mobile view of Twenty Fourteen. It’s more like what I wanted:
So now I’m back to the Oxygen theme and have my Showcase page working. I also changed my header to emphasize travel. But this particular header, with a white background, floats uncomfortably on the page, and overall I find my new home page too busy. I also need to shorten many of my post titles to reduce the clutter.
Here’s the final version but I still find it too messy. What do you think?
And what about my header changes?
For more on this assignment: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/201-branding-two/