New Year, New Look, New Decisions

Welcome back, and Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s just that the pinks and reds have already infiltrated the stores. Would it kill them to give us one day? Here it was New Year’s Day and I was still putting away my Christmas decorations. My garland is disintegrating. I think it’s time I invested in some decorations, and this, of course, would be the time to buy them. But do you think I’ll do that. Probably not.

However, I have invested in my blog by finally purchasing a customized theme. See that? I am fully committed to my blogging effort. And just like that, I have a new text editor, too. I’m referring to the place where we draft our posts. Or, maybe I simply failed to press a button these past six months? Or, does everyone’s text editor look different? Is it a little New Year’s gift from WordPress? Or, does the theme you choose determine how your text looks in your editor? Does anyone care?

For me, it’s been an epiphany; I see the light. What were once scrunched, smashed words in my editor are now tall, spacious, and pleasant to the eye. That’s truly worth the thirty bucks right there. Had I known this would happen, I would have done it ages ago. I can see now.

Truth be told, I had wanted to change my blog look about a month in. This means that for about the last five months, every now and then I would explore a new theme. A few times I had even actually changed it on accident. I would panic and immediately want the old back. Really, I could just never decide. Sure, there were a lot of options, but too many choices is not necessarily a good thing for me.

You know those restaurants that have those huge menus with a sampling from twenty different cuisines. I struggle with those places. Once I’m eating what I had ordered, I’m sure something else would have been better. It’s exhausting. This is what it’s like to be a Libra. I’d prefer fewer choices, less decisions to make, fewer possibilities of error.

So, it was with my theme choices. Until, until…I settled on customizing. It meant that I could make a few things happen that before I had only envisioned. I won’t bore you with the ridiculous details.

Now, of course, I have more other choices, more colors, palettes, fonts. I’ll probably tweak things here and there. Feel free to give me your opinion. If the pink, for example, is distracting, I want to hear from you. I can always choose something else with all my gazillion options available to me. If I had it my way, I’d ask someone to do it for me, make it perfect, not because I’m not capable, mind you; it’s that decision-making problem I have. So, I welcome your opinion, and I can take the heat if you don’t approve.

I also plan to have a blogroll of sorts because it’s about time. I was compiling a list, and I realized I love so many blogs. This list, undoubtedly, will be an active list as my blog is a living entity and is constantly evolving. My blog is alive. It’s alive!

My other hope is to return to writing more fiction as this was one of my initial goals that I have steered away from. We shall see. It’s all a process, all a journey, and I thank you, dear readers, for joining me here.

And, the photo in my header…I am in it. Can you spot me?

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83 thoughts on “New Year, New Look, New Decisions

      1. on my super duper new computer your links are not pink, they are a dark red. weird huh? another guess! fourth on the right???

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  1. Amy,
    I can spot you. And I love Twenty Eleven, it’s highly customizable. I do sound like I’m working for WordPress, don’t I?
    Le Clown

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    1. Le Clown,
      Oh, it’s so nice to see you at my blog. You sound pretty sure of yourself about it being me so I think you’re right. I think you may very well work for WordPress. Sometimes I think it’s your little secret. Wink wink.
      Amy

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  2. Love the new theme. And your header image is wonderful. I need to add one to mine but have thus far been too lazy to create something I want to use. Such is my life when it comes to things like blog headers…

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  3. It looks great, and I love the picture.
    I’m pretty sure YOU’RE NOT the guy in the suit.

    It IS a challenge to learn all the blogging technology…well, in my case, to barely figure out the bare minimum technology… on top of the actual writing…. and social customs…

    Just bumbling along here…

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    1. Yes, you are correct! I am NOT that guy. I think he’s a nice addition to the photo though. I just bumble along. That’s what I do best! I have this opportunity to do style sheets. Oh, whatever. It’s nice there are options to take advantage of if you’re so inclined. Thank you.

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  4. Amy, I am digging your new look. Are you the one of the left, second one down? Your new bloghome looks very artsy and cool, two things that I love. Happy 2013 my friend and can’t wait to read more of what you have in store for us!

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  5. I was thinking the SAME thing when I went into CVS yesterday. Valentines shit already?! I love the fresh new look. Way to go! I may resort to customizing as well because I couldn’t find any premium themes that were what I really wanted.

    Your header, are you the second one from the back right?

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    1. I know, huh? I feel like I’m supposed to be this robot. It is now time to buy Valentines. Thanks, Becca! I like this theme a lot. I think there’s a lot you can do with it…what exactly I’m not entirely sure. I think for the money, less than premium, it’s totally worth it. I know you’re a dancer when you frame your question this way. Yes! Did you survive your New Year’s okay?

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      1. I know, right? Thanks Fed. Why don’t you guys go print some more money. It’s not like anyone is trying to save or anything– and I’m sure the law of supply and demand would never apply to currency… sigh…

        The world has gone mad when we can’t go down to CVS and buy candy bars.

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      2. For me, it was 7-11. Candy bars were 15 cents. When they went up to a quarter I nearly died! A whole quarter. I guess I’m old…You should buy a candy bar for old time’s sake. Go do it. Before candy bars are 10 bucks.

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  6. I like it. Pink is subtle. I like it.
    Blogroll is not for me, I tried, I even made up a header, even made 2 posts talking about it and then I gave up, I couldn’t pick 10 blogs, it was easier to have no blogroll and once in awhile talk about a blogger.
    I like the theme, I like it.
    I like the header, yes I do.

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    1. Thank you, Leo! It makes me happy that you like it. I know I have difficulty with the blogroll idea. I can’t possibly narrow it down to 10. No way. I know that’s the idea behind a blogroll…but simply impossible. There’s just so many talented bloggers out there!

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      1. I didn’t mind blogroll selection once I gave up the idea of it being set in stone. I take people off and put them on on a regular basis. I have even put someone back on who had been taken off (due to not posting for a very lengthy time). It all became easier once I got over the shock of my favourite blogger deleting his blog without warning. I miss you planaquarium.

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  7. I love the new look! I am also pretty partial to Twenty Eleven, which is why I did the same thing and purchased the special fonts and stuff last year as a birthday gift to myself. When I switched over from my former theme, I noticed that the text editor changed a bit so I think that it has something to do with the theme. Happy New Year!

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  8. Customizing…now THERE’S a big step. I struggled for days before settling on a theme, my mind would explode if I had even more options with the one I chose. Pretty soon you’ll have your very own URL and we’ll all be sayin’ “We knew her when…” 🙂

    I do like the new look though.

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  9. Love the new look, Amy! I think it’s cool that you’re actually showcased in the header. Subtle, and yet, so effective. Speaking of new themes, I recently gave my blog a makeover as well. But like you, I am a creature of habit. Change isn’t always easy, but it is necessary!

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    1. Thank you, Anka! I noticed that you gave your blog a makeover. Sorry, I didn’t mention it to you. I like your change as well. Yours is very sophisticated! I like it a lot. I considered that theme, too. It was definitely time to do something different for me.

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  10. I think it’s a good look. Pretty snazzy, really. I thought I could spot you in the picture, but I guessed the second on the left too, just like Brigitte. By the way, I agree that stores seem to have this obsession with holidays. It’s like if there is no holiday, they get all sad and confused.

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  11. Valentine’s stuff? Pah, that’s nothing! One supermarket here in the UK was displaying Easter eggs before our turkey was even cold!

    I’ve been setting up a second blog – deciding on the theme and tinkering with the layout and the images and everything can be quite frustrating and take so long can’t it! And the more you look at it, the more you can’t see it objectively anymore. I’m like you when it comes to making all those little decisions.

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    1. Ooooh, is it worse in the UK then? I thought for sure the US would be the worst for this stuff. That does sound bad, Vanessa.

      A second blog? You are adventurous. What will your focus be for your second blog, if you don’t mind me asking. Yes, I felt exactly the same way that you describe. Finally you have to stick a fork in it. Done! You can’t believe that you’ve spent so much time on it, right? Well, best of luck with your second blog.

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      1. Yeah, I’d have thought the US would be worse than the UK for that sort of thing, but I guess not!

        I’m going to announce my second blog on my first blog tomorrow, so just a few more hours and then you can find out 😉 I’m not sure where I’m going to find the time for this extra blog, but I’m giving it a go anyway!

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  12. Congrats on the new look … well done. No pic here, but I’m currently on my older computer, but hopefully will check it from a newer model later. You’re definitely not in the shirt and tie, so from your gravatar, 4th back on the right …I looked for the hair. 🙂

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  13. Looks great, B.F! ‘A very niiiiiiiice!’ I don’t see any ads, either (is that a custom theme thing?)! Also I’m kind of impatiently waiting to see your response to aFrankAngle, too… I’m all curious if I’ve guessed right! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, SIG! I don’t much about the ads or if it has do with the custom thing. You don’t have ads, do you? I really don’t see them on blogs, since I put blinders on. Yes, SIG…Frank is correct! Was that your guess 🙂

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      1. Hmm… maybe I don’t have ads… I thought I saw one when I was logged out one time… but I could be wrong about that!
        That would have been my guess, too! Although (to be fair) Frank’s comment might have influenced me a bit… but I’m pretty sure I would have guessed the same either way! 🙂

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  14. Oh the drawbacks of being a Libra, I totally feel you! I can never make a quick decision and I have yet to change the theme I chose when I first created my blog, haha. Yours looks good though; it must be definitely useful to be able to customize your theme however you want. 🙂 The pink links are a nice touch too!

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    1. Thanks, Zen. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Fellow Libra? Then you understand. You’ll make a change when the time is right. I do like this theme so far, so I’m going to stick with it (esp. since I paid for it. That’s a good way to stick with something).

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  15. Like the header and applaud your decision to commit and buy a theme. It terrifies me. I hate change, and decisions. And thinking. And accidentally hitting the CAPS when I really wanted to just type and “a”.
    Where were we?
    You look dashing in a tie. I like the pink links (they’re a deep pink/fuchsia to me) but I find the solid blue B/G dominating…heavy. The colour is nice, but maybe in some kind of subtle texture? I dunno. I use twenty-twelve.

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    1. Sara, you the perfect person to consult with as this is your expertise…design, color, intent…the pink links seem to be different on everyone’s computer. Is the blue too dominating? Do I need more texture? Maybe something, huh? I appreciate your feedback.

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  16. You’re the cute one. Couldn’t be clearer.
    Now that you’re all upper crust and stuff with your new theme, I’ll be able to impress everyone by saying “I knew her way back when”!
    (It looks great!)

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  17. Looks great Amy!
    No clue which one is you but I think you’re in the back a ways.
    I’ve decided I am a writer, and my day job just pays the bills. So now I really don’t give a shit about it. It’s so freeing!
    I look forward to another great year with you!
    Red

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    1. Thanks, Red! I can tell just from your comment that you sound lighter. This is wonderful news that you decided that you are a writer. You do it, Red. I believe in you!

      Yes, on the right side, fourth back. I think. I’m not looking at it right now. I look forward to the year with you, too.
      Amy

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  18. I like the new look. I contemplated going down exactly the same path but decided to go the freebie route and change to 2010 theme. I know what what you mean, I wanted to change my theme about a day after setting things up and I finally got round to doing it 🙂

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      1. It’s good to see you too Amy. I cannot come over as much as when I was a baby blogger 6 months ago as I seem to be biting off a bit more than I can chew at the moment. I like your new theme and your comments taking off again so quickly since your return. I will really try to come over and comment more often. Love Ralph x

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      2. Thanks, Ralph! I feel the same way at times…biting off more than I can chew. I will be back over to your blog, too. I appreciate you stopping by, truly, and have enjoyed your emails. My blogging has not been very efficient, lately. I’ve now subscribed via emails to more of the blogs I visit. I will do that with yours as well. Much love, Amy xx

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      3. It seems that we are pretty much in the same boat. Today I am trying to read the countless blogs of people who have kindly visited me. I will try to email you sometime. Ralph xox

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