Whilst we were away holidaying our socks off, I decided to take a couple of weeks away from the blog and surprised myself how much I needed it. One thing I realised too, was that I wanted to change the header on my blog. I’m not sure how this came about as I have always loved the illustration that was done for me, but I suppose it just doesn’t feel quite right for me now that my blog has evolved a bit more. So I decided to have a think about alternatives, and the fun really began!
What’s my blog about again?
As I began to think about it, I got really stuck. How come I can’t pinpoint what my blog is about? Is this a huge red flag that the blog is too much of an eclectic collection of my thoughts and feelings about being a mum? One thing I did know though is that it’s more than what my illustrated header suggests…in fact the truth of it all is that we don’t often all sit on the beach together. It’s about juggling it all, working and being the best mum I can be. It’s about getting it wrong sometimes and not feeling bad about it. It’s about those ordinary moments and remembering that amidst it all, our life is pretty extraordinary.
I’ve been reading a lot about niches in blogging lately and felt so much better to hear that it’s OK if my blog is a bit of a mix and decided that a text only header would be the way forward for me. The easiest part was picking one of my favourite Instagram pictures as a backdrop – the shade of blue is one of my favourites. I think that the text only goes really well with the theme of my blog, as it’s quite minimalist – I’m so pleased! But in the meantime I have saved the artwork I had illustrated previously, as I would love to get it framed at some point and put in Emma’s room.
Deciding on a Font
To make my header as unique as possible, I started scouring for font to use. Initially I wasn’t sure where to start with it – I had heard that Creative Market is a fab place for this, so begun there. But it is literally a minefield of fonts – categorised into things I didn’t even understand like Serif, Sans Serif, Display, Slab Serif, Non Western as well as a whole world of others too. Perhaps there is such a thing as too much choice…but eventually I decided on a handwritten one and picked a few out that I liked. I do think Creative Market is awesome as you can type in your text and test it out before buying.
A Tagline to Sum It All Up
When I began my blog, I never had a tagline. I think it was because I wasn’t entirely sure where I was going with it all. I had started by taking a few pictures of Emma and her buddies in the park…and now it is something totally different. I like to think it’s a little bit of me, as well as all about Emma and our family. But summing it all up in 8 words or less, that’s a different thing all together and certainly not my forte!
Inevitably I became really stuck, trying to think of that all important tagline to sum up my blog. I began searching everything with a tagline for inspiration, when my other half came up with ‘Misadventures in Motherhood’. He is very good at this sort of thing, so I was really grateful that he stepped in! I absolutely loved it and tweaked it a little bit as you can see above…I really like it and hopefully it will be a good descriptor of what to expect from my writing before you begin reading.
What Do You Think?
So what do you think of the new look for Bridie By The Sea? Let me know in the comments below if you’ve given your blog a bit of an overhaul too…I’m sensing lately that it’s a common theme with the new year coming up. I was very lucky with work with the talented Emma from Daydreams and Ice-Creams and can’t thank her enough for her help! Check out her Facebook and Instagram pages for a little peek into her illustrated designs…
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I just really loved working with Emma!