A Blog Redesign Dilemma

I should have saw this coming. Every time I visit my blog to write, I end up getting tired of the design and spend hours creating a new design.

While I find this extremely fun, I realized that I wasn't posting anything and kept redesigning.

I believe one of the many reasons this keeps happening is because I don't do enough design at work and try to make up for it where ever I can. For over a year, my company has focused me on the JavaScript side of front-end development. What other side is there, right? I'm not complaining. That's just the way the chips fell.

I'm a designer at heart. If anyone were to tell me two years ago that I would be deep in the JavaScript world, I would have laughed at you. It is the one language that I avoided like the plague for the reasons of fear of never understanding it. All the curly braces and closure talk made my head spin. Well, I finally understood most of it and that was good enough to start doing projects that involved heavy JavaScript.

Going back to my dilemma, I did some research. There are so many bloggers out there that blog about blogging. Some of these posts are motivating, while some are harsh. I'll take advice from where I can get it.

Solution

Copy. Yes, copy. I had spent a day creating a layout that was too colorful (think peaches). At the end of that day, I found that I was distracted by all the color. I always overthink my work to the point of exhaustion. By the end of my self review of my design, I'm tired of looking at it. I think: This isn't good enough.

I checked out the free themes that Ghost offered from various developers. I found some great themes but, to me, it was not what I was looking for.

I stumbled across more than two themes that modeled Medium. I picked one of them and even pushed a fix or two to one on Github. Still, I wasn't satisfied.

I went to Medium to see if there was anything else I could port over to a Ghost theme. Their profile page was so simple and beautiful. Copied.

If this design works for their users, it works for me. Within a day I had a Ghost theme that looked simple enough and exactly what I was looking for.

Now… to begin blogging.