A little thing called website envy

I’ve been wondering if this little blog needs a prettier package. Don’t worry, my penchant for change isn’t going to shake things up too much. I’ve finally come to love my header (which I did myself) and the way things are laid out. Sort of anyway. But I am wondering if it isn’t time for a more professional blog. You know, one that links all my blogs under one place?

That could be a risky move of course. Because personal blogs and work blogs don’t always belong on the same page. But if I’m trying to be known for my writing, it would be good for people to see my writing. Most of you don’t know about my ‘other’ little black secret blog (you’re looking it up now though aren’t you?)

The catalyst behind all this is thanks to Nathan Bransford (not that he knows it). He’s a literary agent with a blog and the other day he unveiled his new professional look. Color me envious. It’s nice and pretty and organized and professionally put together. (The guy who did his site, Sean Slinsky, also did the Dad Gone Mad website. I love the header on that site.)

Of course I’m not a literary agent but I’m trying to get one. It made me realize that maybe, if this place looked a bit better, I could pass out the address. After all, technology and social network is all the rage these days. If I can cash in on that in order to uphold a dream of being published, why not?

I’m on a budget though. As in whatd’ya got for free? So, wonderful readers, does anyone have any fantastic Build Your Own Website Design-ish links for me? Have you had your site professionally upgraded? If you could, would you?

12 thoughts on “A little thing called website envy

  1. I did my own design for my blog.What I'd suggest:1. Google “free Blogger templates”; find one that looks close to what you envision and download it.2. Create a test blog, then go into its settings and hide it from your profile and make it Admin only.3. Install the downloaded template to your test blog.4. Fiddle around. Find other sites that have elements you like and use the View –> Page Source feature to see their source code. Experiment. As for help from people who know HTML/Java/CSS.When you're satisfied, I can help you move your template to your main blog. It's NOT as simple as export/import, unless of course you want to rebuild all your widgets from scratch. Be careful.


  2. SFD pretty much nailed what I'm doing with my site right now. Only reason I'm on the current one is because the images from the template I was using left. So I just used a blogger one to fill the time.But it's simple enough and shouldn't have to cost you any money.


  3. I paid to have my blog done when I first got started. I have had it refreshed once. But now I'd love a big overhaul. Simpler. Less color. Less distracting. Maybe only two columns instead of three. But I am so not savvy. Nor can I justify the expense of having it redone. So there it remains…


  4. I had an agent for most of the past year. We fell short on the project we pitched, and we've both moved on to new projects. My blog was a major selling point of the pitch. In the end, though, the publisher who came closest to signing me went with a TV actor/comedian to write a book on a similar topic because they were more famous than me.My agent's advice to me at the time: go land a plane in the Hudson, or give birth to 8 babies, and you'll get a book deal in no time.It's rough out there. But I admire every writing who sticks with it and keeps believing and trying. I haven't given up yet. I think it's great you have that end goal in mind, and are taking steps to get there.


  5. I like your layout! It's definitely crisp and clean. But – I am NOT a professional and I am a technological dork, so I'm no help there.Sometimes I think about taking my blog to the “next level,” but then I just go to sleep and quite thinking! 😉


  6. I'm with some of the others. Go build a site that you use strictly for testing and see what comes of it. It is pretty practical and relatively easy to do.Don't forget to make a list of options of things you want your in “real” site.


  7. I got nothing. I used a WordPress template and *ahem* borrowed a header image. I've seen affordable packages for blog makeovers, none that come to mind though. I think your current blog setup works, but what do I know?


  8. I'm not sure that his blog is much, if at all, nicer than yours. You've got a nice clean look, nothing wrong there. I certainly understand the need for change though. I get a bug every few months or so, in fact…


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