I gave my blog a makeover

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    1. I struggled with that too. I really loved the Bloggy theme but now that I’ve changed once, I’m sure I’ll want to change again. I didn’t want to be locked into a theme that I had paid a lot of money for.

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      1. Yes, i think it’s worth it to make your blog a place *you* want to spend time. I am surprised by how a layout change has totally refreshed my relationship with my site. I find myself wanting to spend more time here now, and am inspired to engage more. I think that’s worth paying for, and if i couldn’t achieve what I wanted with a free option I would have paid for a theme.

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  1. I thought about changing my theme and I even spent hours going through the different choices. I would’ve gone with Hemingway Rewritten too, actually, but it just didn’t feel right and I stayed with my current theme (Sight). It definitely wasn’t time wasted though, because it caused me to reevaluate exactly what I want my blog to feature–just like you did.

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  2. This is a nice theme. I played around with a few as well, since I just switched blogs themes and hosts. It is a process if you don’t know what you are doing. Your blog looks great, and I really like the theme you chose. I’ll have to keep this one in mind for later. 🙂

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  3. Can you explain why you signed up for a new blog and imported all your content rather than just changing the theme on your existing blog? I like the new look. I use Oulipo myself and although I like it I’m aware of the limitations. Thanks for an interesting insight into how you went through the process.

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    1. Sure 🙂 The main reason I set up a test site was that I didn’t want to feel pressured to have to make a decision right away. I did a lot of rearranging of widgets, menus, and headers in each theme I demo-ed, and I looked at many of my pages and posts with images and without images to see what they would look like in each theme.

      I didn’t want to make the changes live, and I didn’t want to set my site to private for as long as I knew it would take me to play and make a decision (the process took me a few days). I also wanted to let a theme sit overnight and then look at it again in the morning, and again, I didn’t want all this to be happening on my live site while I tried to make a decision. I wanted a quiet, private place to test.

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  4. I love your new look! I almost went with this same theme when I changed my theme a few months back for many of the same reasons you listed. It’s a great theme, but I went with Isca, which I also love but for completely different reasons. I may need to take another look at this one. 🙂

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