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8 Years and I Finally Figured Out How to Design My Own Blog

January 14, 2018

I’ve written in this space (well, this and when it used to be Hormonal Imbalances) for 8 years this month. This blog is just slightly younger than Bella. O_o And in all that time, I’ve never actually re-done my blog theme/colors/headers from start to finish.


In the way old days when I used Blogspot, I just picked a new theme. Then I moved to having friends who were better at design than I do the logos. When I moved to WordPress, I paid people to redesign my entire blog several times – I knew a bit of coding but not enough to install or tweak anything major

. And I loved each of the designs, but I’ve always really wished I could do it myself because I was so interested to know how. I wanted to be able to fix it and change it up without having to go find someone.

Over the years I’ve googled and read and asked enough to figure out more about how to start to fix my blog and update what I needed in CSS. When I realized the other day I wanted a change, I took a deep breath and decided to try to figure it out on my own.

So first I backed up my blog – just in case. hahahaha

Then I went searching for a theme I loved – because that I will never be able to do myself, those people are geniuses – and installed it while working on the colors, installed new fonts, worked on a header, set up the Instagram feed on the bottom, reinstalled my ad code, figured out why certain plugins no longer worked (Genesis Simple Hooks isn’t compatible with this theme and that’s all I’ve ever used), and got it all to where I wanted it.

I’m sure someone with a sharp eye for this kind of stuff will notice things that need to be fixed (and if you feel especially generous I’d love to hear what they are), but I feel super proud that for the most part, I redid my entire blog all on my own. There are a few things I couldn’t figure out (like the hyperlinks in the sidebar that are blue and the font is a bit small for my liking) but overall I can’t believe I actually did it on my own.

So now you can subscribe to email updates on the top right under the header. You can follow me through the little social media icons above that. Search at the top of the blog or down at the bottom of the sidebar. And click any of the links in the menu to find out more about us.

I finally designed my blog all by myself. And I really love it. And I really, really love that when I’m totally bored with it in a year, I can probably do it all over again.

Just with a backup first and about 75 tabs open to find out why I shut my whole dashboard off for a while and a paper bag at my side to breathe into. 😉


  • nwannaendaline

    January 15, 2018 at 1:35 am

    You go girl! I totally get your sense of accomplishment. I designed my blog myself. It wasn’t an easy task, and I’m still learning. It was either do it yourself or dole out an arm and a leg to web designers here in Nigeria. Looking at it, I think I did well.


    1. Diana

      January 15, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Yours looks AMAZING!! I clicked over and it is so good – so clean and I looooove the fonts and colors (especially the yellow). I cracked up as I read your about page because I can’t deal with anything horror at all. At this point it’s almost something I need therapy for lol. Poor Sam can’t watch anything with me even remotely like that because I just freak out. 😉

  • seejenntri

    January 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Oh my gosh I am impressed…I want to do this but am scared to death. Quick question..were you blogging on it while it was being redesigned or was it just under construction..I ve been told I need a sub domain but not even sure how to do that..yikes..you are inspiring me 🙂

    1. Diana

      January 14, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Here’s the crazy thing about WP now – with the last two themes I’ve had, both were able to be completely installed and customized before they went live. There’s a place in the dashboard under Appearance and Customize that shows you your blog as you edit it. And then when you’re ready you just hit publish. I did the whole thing in one evening because it’s made it so much easier then trying to set up a sub domain (which was one of the reasons I couldn’t do my own before this!).

      1. Jennifer

        January 15, 2018 at 10:26 am

        Thanks so much. That’s exactly why I have not done it. Will let you know how it goes!

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