Custom blog designs are not cheap. But, in my opinion, they're not overpriced either.
I used to think, "Who would pay that much for a custom blog design?" Just post and publish. Done.
When I first started my blog I said it was to keep family and friends updated on my life with kids. But that was just a cop-out reason because here's the thing about me. I'm not just a blogger. I'm a writer first. I need to write. Writing makes me a better wife, mother and overall person.
But lately my writing has felt, well, a bit dull. Every once in a while I'd sit down and write out a very thoughtful piece. And it was great. But those ideas weren't coming to me as freely anymore.
My mom and Brian's mom were avid cross-stitchers as young mothers. My mom made her own wreaths and she hand-sewed each of our Christmas stockings. ALL of Brian's mom's food was made from scratch. And still, both of our moms read books more often than they drank water.
"How did they find the time?" I once asked Brian.
The lightbulb went on and I quickly answered my own question. There were no home computers back then. And there certainly was no easy access to this thing we call the Internet.
All these things they did, that was their creative outlet. Doing those things made them better wives, better mothers and better well-rounded individuals.
Writing is my creative outlet.
And that boring, green, cookie-cutter design was leaving me uninspired. I needed to get my mojo back.
So I contacted Jo-Lynne over at DCR Design and she came back to me with some lovely ideas that I think fit my personality perfectly. Don't you think? (Jo-Lynne also has a hilarious personal blog and spills the beans on a whole gamut of products over at Reviewsings.)
Here's a little known fact about Jo-Lynne: She can perform sex changes. OK, so they're not the kind that'll get you on Oprah. But she did change that cute little baby character up there from a total boy into a total Lucy girl with just a few swift clicks of her mouse. So cute!
Maybe I'll make some more changes, maybe I won't. For now I'm just going to sit back and breathe in the fresh air that is my new blog design. Won't you join me?