What Time is It? It’s Blog Makeover Time!

blog makeover graphic

I’ve been thinking about changing up the look of the blog for a while now, and today is the day it all begins! I’ve searched the internet from top to bottom, and I finally found some images that fit the ideas floating around inside my head. Yay!

I’m also thinking about changing up the theme. I know, I know… I should just pick one already and stick with it. And I will. Just as soon as I find the one that does everything I want it to do and looks nice, as well. One of these days I’ll have to give in and upgrade my blog so I can use the exact type of theme I want, because all the themes I love are either premium themes, or have to be uploaded. Sigh. But you know… it would be nice to drop the “wordpress” off my web address and simply be “thegeekybibliophile.com”… I just need to talk myself into it. Knowing myself as well as I do, I can tell you that it’s not going to be an easy task. Ha!

Sadly, my geek girl won’t be part of the makeover. She’ll still be my avatar for  WordPress, but she won’t be prominently featured on the blog anymore. My plan is to use imagery that is the similar (or at least, complementary) to my new banner image, so the time has come to retire the geek girl.

It’s going to take a while to get all my graphics sorted—deciding what goes, and what stays. Unless you’re reading my old posts, you likely won’t notice most of the changes until they appear in a new post later on. The end result (I hope) will be feminine with a simple elegance… because book blogs can be beautiful, too, right?

The cool thing about all this is that while I searched for my new look, I also managed to find lots of inspiration for my Blogging 101 feature. It’s been AGES since I’ve written about blogging tips, and I’ve really missed doing it. I’ve got lots of topics in mind, and I’ve also found tons of new resources I’m dying to share with all of you. If all goes well, I’ll have the first one up in a few days.

Speaking of Blogging 101… I’m also going to be adding a sub-feature to this topic that’s all about book blogging. It’s been nearly two years since I started blogging about books, and I want to share what I’ve learned with others who are just getting started. Book Blogging 101 will kick off in about a week, and in my first post, I’ll be talking about all things Edelweiss. Stay tuned!

I’m really excited about TGB’s new look, and all the content and resources I’m planning to write about and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Hopefully you will find it as useful as I have these last few days.

In the meantime… pardon my cyber-dust as I change-up the decor around here, and I’ll see you soon with some new resources and tips!

 

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21 comments

  1. nickimags @ The Secret Library · September 17, 2017

    If that’s your new banner I love it, it’s so pretty! Actually I love it even if it’s not! haha

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    • Betty · September 17, 2017

      The photo I used in this post? It’s from the same group of photos as the one I’m using for my banner (which has the blog’s name on it). 🙂

      And thank you, Nicki! I think it’s pretty, too. I knew as soon as I saw it that this was the one I’d spent so much time searching for.

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  2. Books, Vertigo and Tea · September 17, 2017

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH ❤ It is elegant and simple. Ironically, I have been thinking about giving BVT a makeover. I am so on the fence right now though.

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    • Betty · September 17, 2017

      Thank you, Danielle! 😍 Makeovers are a lot of work (all that searching for new images is time consuming!) but it feels worth it once you find the look you love. I think your blog is beautiful as it is (it’s one of many that inspired me to think about changing the look of TGB), but sometimes we all need a change! I’m curious to see what you’ll come up with, if you do decide to change it up. Keep me posted!

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      • Books, Vertigo and Tea · September 18, 2017

        Thanks Betty 🙂 I an really on the fence right. I want change but like the looks. I may leave it for a bit.

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        • Betty · September 18, 2017

          You’re welcome! 🙂 You can always start up a private test blog to try out new themes and graphics to see if you like it before changing anything on your blog. I used to have one set up for that, and it was nice to be able to test drive a new look before I changed anything permanently.

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  3. Annie · September 18, 2017

    Love it! Minimalist and cute ❤

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    • Betty · September 18, 2017

      Thank you, Annie! 😍

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  4. laceyFitspo and LaceySocial · September 18, 2017

    I’m loving the new look! I’m really tempted to drop the WordPress but as well, but it’s so expensive on here!

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    • Betty · September 18, 2017

      Thank you so much, Lacey! The cost of the upgrade is the reason I’ve hesitated to do it. It’s a frivolous expense and not something I need to do, so it’s hard for me to justify it.

      Still… it would be nice to have my own domain and my pick of any theme I wanted to use. Lots of pros and cons to consider before I make a decision one way or the other!

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  5. Diana · September 19, 2017

    Beautiful and yes, blogs can be beautiful too. Yours looks great. All the best with the makeover and all your future plans. Enjoy 🙂

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    • Betty · September 19, 2017

      Thanks so much, Diana! 🙂

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