I made the challenging decision to finally give my blog a makeover. I say challenging, because it is a lot of work, and a really big decision for any blogger. I used the previous template that I had for the first 4 months of my blog’s life, but with my readership growing as much as it has, I felt like it was time to make a change.
We went with the Loveria Theme, (We as in my incredible Team @LawsWrites) The free version is available HERE, and we personalized it to fit the blog’s theme. Finding a great, free template to work with for blogger and WordPress is easy to do, there are many sites that offer stunning, free blog themes, personalizing it is where the work is. You will have to have some understanding of HTML/CSS, and the more complex your theme the more you will need to know.
Free Blogger Templates
Fresh Web Design
Bloggers Offering CSS Tutorials
Code It Pretty
Like I mentioned above, the goal was to make the theme fit in with the overall message of my blog. Afro-Chic Mompreneur is all about supporting the working mom. I wanted something that fits in with my message of staying organized, having a routine, and simplifying your life to make it feel less cluttered. My original blog was very cluttered and I had to find new ways to clear up space, and to keep it as clean as possible.
- Customized Everything
- Fun Template
- Pop Up Newsletter That Works Consistently, and look COOL
- Less Clutter
Yes, the widgets! One of the reasons I wanted to pick the Loveria theme was because I loved the colorful social media buttons as one of the first things that you see. My eyes were immediately drawn to them, which meant that those that visited my blog would notice them too. I also kept my original share buttons in my right sidebar. Big, and clear, which is very important.
We are currently working on a personalized sign up widget from Mail Chimp, one for the side bar and a pop up one that I love, love, love!
We are also working on twitter and Facebook feeds, both should be up by tomorrow. We will also be working on a customized Pinterest board in the near future. But just thinking about everything makes me giddy, I guess the great thing about working with your own team is that you can adjust things as you move along.
Creating a blog that makes you proud to be a blogger is important, because if your site doesn’t bring a smile to your face, then why would anyone else enjoy looking at it?