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smooth criminal a severe case of blogging-redesign-itis!
Hello! And welcome to the brand new look of the Galaxial Word. Take careful notice of the featured image up there ^ Coz you’ll be seeing a lot of images in that same style from now on.
“What do you mean, Paul?” I hear you say. Well, I’ve been looking for a nice, unique design style for a while, and so I’ve been messing around with a little bit of everything, really.
When I first started blogging (EXACTLY ONE HUNDRED POSTS AGO!), I was really influenced by Aentee over at Read At Midnight and I did heaps of watercolour and floral images. Later, I realised that this really wasn’t me, and so I ditched the floral but kinda kept the watercolour. Then I went into a little bit of a lapse, where I didn’t make images for many reviews.
Then I decided that I really like the header image for my Dear Reader post and thought that that would be the new style, all with super trendy flat images and no shadows. But it turns out that it’s really hard to find suitable images that are all in that same style, and anyway, all I’m actually doing is slapping some text on an image which I can’t really be proud of. So, three days and five hours of image sourcing later, we have this style! Let’s talk more about it…
I figured that I didn’t want super feminine designs despite the majority of my audience being female. But I also didn’t want a super “male” design since it would probably drive off the majority of my readers. I also really liked the idea of a diagonal colour split, which would split up the page a bit and add a bit of geometry.
So I’ve done a blend of everything that I love! There’s the touch of geometric, combined with the hand drawn style patterns, and then, of course the MANGA! I wanted to have a kind of image that I could put in each one, but something that I could vary, and I’ve found that manga is the absolute perfect style. It looks cute, it’s fairly easy to find, and I LOVE MANGA so it’s great.
Anyway, make sure you tell me in the comments below what you think of the new style and the theme!
I used to use the Nucleare theme, then I changed over the Sela theme and I’ve had it ever since. I’ve lately realised that I didn’t particularly like the Sela theme; it seemed a little too cluttered and hard to navigate to me, so now I’m moving over to the Lovecraft theme, which I like because it’s very clean and everything is bright and white.
Plus, I can actually set whole images as featured images in Lovecraft which makes everything much easier, especially because the blog will feature a lot more graphics from now on.
One downside is the header image, though. Header images never work very well in many themes, because the websites have to be responsive, should you be viewing it on computer, tablet or phone. This means the header usually gets cropped or shrunk to fit the screen which will cut out various elements of the header. And it’s extremely frustrating but that’s what happens here too. I think the header is best seen from tablet, since that’s the format that cuts out the least.
Edit: I deleted the header entirely since it was bugging me so much. Working on it now!
And so yeah! Make sure to leave me a point about whether you like the new theme/graphics style, whether you think I should go back to Sela, if you have any thoughts or opinions! LET ME KNOW BELOW (ooh that rhymes.) Until next time, dear reader!