A New Look
|September 13, 2014||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Today, for the first time in five years, the look of the Boots and Saddles blog got a major “redo”.
For most of the last 5 years of this blog’s 5 1/2 year existence the overall look has remained unchanged.
I’ve always admired the clean, timeless look of the blog and have gotten many compliments over the years on it’s “readability” on screen.
During the move to the new URL at the beginning of this year, I kept the look of the blog very much the same as the old blogger site, but the feel was different and more “clunky”. I knew I was going to have to do an update sooner or later.
Goals of the redesign were to:
- Retain the strengths of the original, including readibility and simplicity
- Do a better job of keeping relevant content refreshed and accessible
- Give the blog a more mature, polished look.
- Revise the scope of the blog beyond simply the story of me conditioning my endurance horses and doing endurance rides.
Today, with an on-location 12 hour on call shift that was incredibly non-eventful I spent some hours coding and tweaking…..and voila!
I hope that for long-time visitors there are enough preserved elements in the new design (the ears picture, horse eye) to make the page feel familiar.
If you have any thoughts or comments, I would love to hear them. The biggest issue with the site right now is that it’s not as mobile friendly as the old design. I’m still doing little tweaks here and there, but the majority of the format and design layout is completed.
I have the nagging thought my time would have been better spent studying for boards….but ah well – pretty blogs that will last another 5 years are priceless right?
***FYI I do have rights to all the photos in the header, including the pro ones.
It looks great…I’m still waiting for the Time Fairy to clobber me so I can re-whomp my page. Hmmm, not while the rain ain’t falling anyhow. Gives me tons of time to admire yours–very elegant.
Nice! I now always read on Feedly, I forget what people’s blogs look like. I totally have to update mine, but that task is far down the line of fun-things-I-want-to-do-in-my-free- time.
Same here! I do most of my stuff in feedly. One reason I was motivated to update mine is that some of my posts are starting to be posted on other sites so that people who are not regularly readers are going to come directly to the site. I actually saw this template on aonther blog and really liked the feel of it so totally clicked on the link at the bottom, found which template it was, downloaded it and then modified it. Seems sorta like cheating :).
Always good to refresh.. it looks more “techy” .. kind of..
lol.I am not sure how to explain it better than that.. but it’s not a bad thing.. just getting used to a different feel! I happen to be one of those reader that actually log onto the blog page as opposed to getting it through a reader.. guess I am kinda old school!
It’s definately a different feel. In some ways I miss the simplicity of the old site that worked so well on blogger – but in other ways I’m sorta facinated by the new look look and how the content looks different on the new one.