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Blog Designs Through the Years

I wrote my first blog post in 2007 and then forgot that I even had a blog for over a year. It wasn’t until late 2008 that I started to write on it again. I’d re-discovered the wonderful world of blogging and knew I wanted to be a part of it. It also gave me something to do while my girls were in school.

Back then I was on Blogger and using the blogspot web address. I didn’t give much thought when I picked a name for my site. I wanted something easy to remember and somewhat catchy. So Simply Stacie it was! I also wasn’t sure which direction my blog would take me so I wanted something somewhat general that would fit for whatever it is I decided to do with my blog.

I loved the pink and brown colour combination and found a free background called School Girl Charm on The Cutest Blog on the Block. If you’re on Blogger, check out their backgrounds. They have a lot of nice ones!

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I saved up some $$ and splurged on a blog design for my Blogger blog. The person who designed my site is no longer in business, but she was a designer who only worked on Blogger blogs. She made me a custom header, background and the sidebar widgets. Here’s what my site looked like back in 2010.

April 2010

In Spring 2010, Blogger blogs were being deleted left and right it seemed and that made me very nervous. I was so paranoid of Blogger shutting down my blog because I’d seen it happen to friends of mine. They had to jump through a million hoops to get reinstated and some even left blogging because it was too much of a hassle. I hired Jessica at iDesign to move me over to WordPress and give my blog a new look in the process.

She set me up on a shared server with Fat Cow Web Hosting (I don’t recommend them) and I used a theme from Solostream on my WordPress blog. Here’s what my site looked like in 2010 after moving to WordPress.

july 2010

In 2011, I was approached by Jessica at The Pixelista about writing a review for her blog design services and would I like her to design my site? I loved her work and at that point was ready for an update. She made me a custom illustration of a cartoon me and put me on a Genesis theme (Family Tree). I was very happy with my new look!

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A few months back, I started to feel the need to change yet again. It had been over 2 years since Jessica revamped my site and I was ready for something new and fresh. I took my time figuring out what I wanted. I made lists, a Pinterest board for inspiration, chatted with blogging friends and just really thought about what I wanted. I contacted Courtney Kirkland because I loved her work. I wanted a blog that was clean and modern but still feminine.

Courtney designed my new logo and also put my blog  on a new theme. It’s funny because my new theme, Crave, is actually designed by my very talented previous designer, The Pixelista!

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The process of updating my look was stressful, but also rewarding. I’m glad its over with and hopefully I don’t get the design itch for awhile. I’m really happy with how my design turned out and Courtney was awesome to work with.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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