I created little social media buttons, linked them to my accounts, and added them in as a new widget. I don't love them, because they look a little low-res, but for a first attempt, I'm okay with them.
I created a new header, because my old one took AGES to load and was frankly way too big and annoying. Now you can actually see part of my post from the homepage.
I also changed up the title - I was on a big no-caps bender a few months ago, but I kind of like the formality of the large F. I also love how it fit perfectly so the old rusty nail could function as a period. What I don't like is how limited I was on fonts (I made the new one in PicMonkey). I used Special Elite, and it is a little cluttered-looking for me. I'll probably change it again, but for now it's okay.
Then I added a background. Now. I am generally not a fan of backgrounds - I think they can be distracting, particularly when they are busy or have a seam. I prefer to look at super-clean blogs like this or this, but sometimes find that super-clean look a bit scandinavian minimalist, which I associate with freezing cold. (Weird, I know, but true. I reach for a blanket when I read the new issue of Dwell.)
So I'm trying out a background. It can be done really well, like here or here.
See how plain it looks? I might as well have ditched the murky green-ish gray for white and gone minimalist.
The bokeh lights add a bit of sparkle and interest.
So that's it! I added a simple search bar at the top, and switched up my side-bar. We shall see how long this version lasts. I will say it was surprisingly easy to change things up. I am enjoying PicMonkey's user-friendly interface, but I still miss Picnik. It was cute, simple to use, and included classic photo-editing options. I mean, I enjoy a Holga filter as much as the next person, but I don't want to look back at my pictures in 5 years and wonder why I was such a fucking hipster. I hear Snapseed is the photo-editing app du jour. It's $20, so not a huge investment, but still, I wonder...has anybody used it?