I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to. My particular problem seems to be an inability to leave my blog design alone for too long.
A few weeks ago, I re-worked the look of the shop, hoping to make it more appealing and easy to navigate, but in doing so, I made it look different than the blog. What I have always liked is how the blog and the shop are so closely-linked, design-wise, so as soon as I had a chance (yesterday), I worked on the blog to bring it up to the new shop design.
Only one problem – I just didn’t like it. While I think the look works for the shop, it didn’t grab me for my blog. While it’s true that the two spaces are linked, they’re really not the same. One is a place of business with only one real goal, and the other is a personal spot that has to fill a number of niches. I tried for a long time yesterday to give the blog the “homey” feel I was going for, within the confines of the shared design, but I just couldn’t do it.
So today I decided that maybe it isn’t so important. As long as the “Polka Dot Cottage” logo is in both places (and it is) then maybe I can do whatever the heck I want with this space.
At the moment, I’m happy with what I’ve come up with. It’s simplified, the header doesn’t take up so much space, and there’s a nice little spot for sponsorships if/when I get that up and running. I’m going to live with it a while, and see if it still makes me happy in an hour, a day, or a week.
In the meantime, ff any of you has any thoughts on aesthetics or usability, I welcome the feedback!