Changing it Up | New Layout

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My blog layout is always changing. I'm sure many of my fellow bloggers can relate. Whether it's updating the header (which I've been known to do often), adding a widget here, or changing a font there, you're often looking for ways to tweak and adjust your little space on the interweb.

With that, I unveil the new look of Stylish&Literate.com


Over the years (so dramatic.. really only two), I've changed the blog's look a lot. I'm kicking myself for not capturing all the looks & headers because Wayback Machine doesn't do the various outfit changes justice. Here are a few I managed to save:


I wanted to create a more sophisticated design without losing that blog feeling.

Other than the appearance, all functionality is still the same. All my social links, as well as ways to follow this blog are at the top. The navigation bar separates the different categories, with drop down menus to separate the categories into subcategories, plus my disclosure and contact page. 

Despite all the changes, one thing has remained & that is my loyalty to Blogger. Not to say that we haven't had our ups & downs (because we most certainly have). I've always felt Blogger's UI to be millennials behind Wordpress, but I stuck it out & I have no regrets. Eventually I will probably migrate to Wordpress (I've already taken the initiative to switch to the Disqus comment system) but that day is still far away.

There are still some kinks to work out with this new layout (I hope to get to them within the week) but I'd love to hear what you think! :) x

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13 COMMENTS

  1. The new layout is absolutely love and professional-looking :) Love it!

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  2. love the new layout. The other one looked more artsy and this one's a bit more digital/professional. I really liked your last 3 layouts though :P

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  3. congrats on the switch up! i'm promising myself a new look if i can get to my one year anniversary. on top of paying for a domain. i figure...if i can keep it going for one year, i'm really dedicated to my blog and deserve it :) i make minor changes now and then but id like to get a new header made

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  4. I love all of your previous layouts! This one definitely does have the sophisticated look. I have been trying to work towards that with my layout as well :) but right now I just switched it to something that was simple because I was tired of my old one. I really love the way you did the footer! I've been trying to do one like that but I cant seem to find the right tutorial on it. If you have any tips... please tell me! :p

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  5. I love the new layout! I know what you mean about trying to not lose that "blog" feel. If a blog looks too much like the official homepage of a huge fashion magazine, it almost makes me not want to read it...I love the homey feel of knowing that every element on the page has been curated by a single individual passionate about what they're doing!

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  6. Thank you!!! It's radically different and I'm so happy with it. It was a loong process haha. Looking through my past layouts / headers was hilarious -- some were disastrous lol :) x

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  7. Yes! I definitely understand what you mean! That's part of the reason I love reading blogs! :) x

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  8. Thank you! For the columned footer, you can change the number of columns by customizing it in your layout. It's really easy, then you can customize the colours by editing the CSS :) x

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  9. Thanks Jenn! Your first blogiversary definitely deserves something special -- it's coming up in a few months, right? I want to say February/March-ish?

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  10. Thanks, Steph! I kind of miss my floral header -- it took a bit of time to create / colour haha :) x

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  11. Thank you! I'm so happy with it :) x

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  12. Monica @beautyparlerOctober 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Hi there, a new reader thanks to MIB:) I've been trying to create the slider as well on blogger & the few tutorials don't do the look. How did you do you slider? Thank you in advance

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