Hello friends! No workout tonight, still trying to get over Saturday’s mysterious hamstring fail. Hoping it fixes itself! But in the meantime, I’m snuggled up with my puppy-dog on the couch, plowing through episodes of Parenthood.
Ok so, holy cow, two things: 1.) THANK YOU for all of your kind words after Saturday’s hilarious botched race and 2.) Who knew so many of you also either wanted to TRI a Tri, have experience with them, or even have the same questions I do! I received some fantastic feedback, and think I could write a book on the beginner’s guide to triathlons! Here are a few of the MANY wonderful comments you might enjoy reading as well:
It’s safe to say that if you have a question, just ask a group of bloggers. I also believe the verdict has been decided, and it’s TRI. Now if I can just pick one out, commit, and go for it! It’s definitely on my pre-baby bucket list, not going to lie, so I’m ready to knock this out!
Ok, enough talk about pre-baby bucket list because that’s a whole other post in and of itself! Am I right?? Let’s talk about less terrifying things.
I’m redesigning Sweet Miles!
My full time day job is in a web design/digital marketing shop, umbrella’d under a full service advertising agency. I spend all day working on other people’s websites, and I think it’s about time I work on my own and actually use my knowledge and skills to my advantage. At work we develop on a different CMS than WordPress, so developing my own blog, fully on my own, on WordPress will be a bit of a learning curve, but I’m excited to learn! I’m not talking about just installing a new theme or template and changing a few things here or there, I really want to install a very basic, empty theme and really develop it out how I want my dream blog to look. 17% of the world’s websites are built using a WordPress framework, so it will also be helpful for my resume to add WordPress development! I’ve always blogged using WordPress, and the theme I use now is a pre-designed template so I already know the ins and outs of customizing the “skin” elements, but there are so many elements of my blog I want to change, and a pre-designed fixed-width theme can only offer so much. The web design world is increasingly being taken over by responsive design, and with all of the mobile devices and tablets out there today, it’s almost necessary. Otherwise, who knows how much mobile traffic you’re losing because your site isn’t responsive, meaning it doesn’t compress down to fit a mobile device or tablet correctly. Also, apparently my theme was never designed to open correctly in Internet Explorer in the first place, or contain threaded comments, and when I emailed the designer, I never heard back. Awesome!
If you’re curious how Sweet Miles is currently built, I’ll explain:
-self hosted WordPress account, using Blue Host, <– affiliate link…but I highly recommend hosting through Blue Host!
-domain name purchased through Blue Host, previously used Go Daddy
-Blake theme purchased through Pro Photo, a WordPress theme company used by photographers mainly because of the capabilities for large images and portfolios, I’ve had a Pro Photo account for a few years and ended up finding another site design that I loved right before I started Sweet Miles, so I just stuck with Pro Photo. Photos are obviously still very important to me so I want to make sure my new theme displays them nicely as well!
-The sliders at the very top of my blog are part of the functionality of my theme, and I customized what each “slide” looked like.
I made an inspiration board of the direction I’d like to go! I loved my theme when I first found it, but in the end, it’s what another designer dreamt up and not me. I’ve got in my head what I’d like for it to end up looking like, so the process of making that happen is going to be interesting! I know I want a simple white background, and a very minimalist feel but with splashes of fun color and a new logo.
Here are my ideas:
If you steal this, not cool.
I’m going in the sherbet color pallet direction with touches of gold. I think it will fit my thoughts of Sweet Miles perfectly and I’m in love with these colors! I’m being open and transparent about this blog re-design in hopes that it helps some of you maybe figure out what YOU want! It can be hard to conceptualize a design in your head and then make it happen on the web! So, come along on this journey! Who knows how long it will take! No promises!
What do you think?