Should I Get A New Blog Design?

I've had this same design for almost a year now and I'm sick of it. It isn't completely my style. I see it several times a day and am sort of ready for a change.

I've had a few offers over the past year from amazing blog designers to give my blog a much needed make over, but I've been scared to because everyone recognizes this one and has my button for this design.

So be brutally honest, what do you think? Should I change it up or leave it the same? Would it be too much of a pain to ask you to switch out my button if I get a new one made for a new design?

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40 comments:

Adam S. said...

I like it. It's simple but I can identify you with it.

I would leave it Dee.

Wendy said...

If you don't like it, change it. Lots of "big" bloggers do, and no one has a problem changing buttons.

Just think of it like you would a hairstyle. If you're not comfortable with it, if it doesn't reflect you the way you want to project yourself, why would you keep it the same?

Patrice said...

Changing blog designs is so fun! Last time I got a makeover, I kept refreshing the page to see how beautiful my blog looked!
Yes people may identify you this way now, but they can get used to the new you in time! It's your blog do what you want!
I say do it :)

MommyB said...

I know most people since the New Year that have decided to "refresh" their blog layouts. So don't worry if you really want something new then go for it, and people will switch to your new button if they really love you :)

Krystyn said...

I think people know who you are....I know who you are without even clicking over.

But, maybe you could keep something the same. The font in the header? OR the green. Just an idea.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

If you want to change - change! :) I've changed the design of both of my sites several times. Oh and if you simply replace the button with a new one in the same location with the same name, the new one will automatically show up for people. They won't have to switch. Good luck!

Nutty Mom said...

I say change it, especially if YOU are bored with it!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Change! And you don't have to have people replace the code as long as you keep the title of your photobucket image the same. Just make a new code for new followers, old buttons should switch over automatically.

JamericanSpice said...

You should not feel scared to change your blog. It's yours. Your passion and your spot. It should reflect you.

Others should get used to you etc.

I wouldn't mind changing your button.

And I think you have a big enough following that you wont lose out at all.

Also I'm sure there's a way to change the button wihtout changing the link for the button. I did read something like this once in regards to changing your button.

Keep researching, but let your blog reflect you and not feel slave to it or what others will think.

Jennifer Leigh said...

You already know what I think! I LOVE my new look and I'm so glad I made the change over the summer. I was worried my readers wouldn't want to change my button out. Now its funny when I see my old look. I'm so glad I made the change. I love having a look I love! Now I still need to polish it. I so need help with my tabs still. I'm HTML challenged as you know so I leave it alone.

Heidi V said...

I like the design it's clean and uncluttered, but if you do change it instead of asking everyone to change the button you should be able to overwrite the existing file keep it the same name as it is now and it should change it everywhere that is what I usually do.

Mama Bird said...

I say if you are asking if you need a change, then YES YOU need a change! Go for it! Change is good and you have a huge following that follows for what you say... not what you (your blog) looks like! CHANGE IS GOOD!!! Can't wait to see your new design.
PS Any advise you can give a new blogger would be awesome!
xoxo

blueviolet said...

Go ahead and do it. I'm waiting for a new blog design to be finished right now. Like you, I'll have the button problem but over time, they'll all be switched out.

I had mine for a year and I was totally sick of it too. Do it!!!

PS. I got your email and I'll be answering that. I didn't want you to think I was ignoring it. :)

bayctygrl said...

I think you answered your question when you stated you're sick of it!

So in that case I think you should, because you want to and its your place. :)

April said...

I say go for it!

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

I just redesigned my blog yesterday. It is nice having a new look, although, I used the same kit when designing it, so it still has the same overall look, just a lot simpler. Everyone understands and I know I will keep coming back!

bigguysmama said...

Oh, change it if you feel like it. Changing a button is so easy and not a big deal. It's so fun to have something new to look at! I'd take someone up on their offer! :)

Blessings,
Mimi @ Wove by Words

Just Playin' said...

I've changed mine a few times. I say go ahead if it's pulling at you.

Star Shadow said...

The best thing to do especially if it's not your style and it's calling you to update then do it.. get exactly what you want... your followers will still be your followers and you can just add another button to this one if you wanted to... let your followers have a choice... most will update I am sure. Best of luck and hoping to see your creation if you do get a new blog design

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

I am not sure because I am wanting to make a change to a couple of my blogs too!

If your image/button is being pulled from an image site, can you create a new button with the same filename and upload?

free indeed said...

I say update it! Especially the banner...I've never liked that one much. (sorry) I don't have a blog so can't answer as to changing out a button, but I figure everyone is here entering giveaways anyway and that is usually an entry so I don't think they'll mind. I don't like the changing picture of the giveaways at the top either. It confuses me as to what post I'm reading at the moment....

mamawj said...

its a new year so why not do a new begining year esign too, i would change your button which is fast to o and maybe they like the change on their blogs to to see for there change as well, the thing that bugs me are dark pages with dark font you can not see so i'd suggest keeping that in mind for us reaers so its bright and clear to read but other than that i say go for and wow us! good luck

Nichol said...

Do what YOU want...I believe there is a way to have your button change automatically without having everyone have to change it. Blog designers would know that! I'll still come here :)

Idaho Jill said...

do what you want, of course, but I say go for it. it's time :-)

and yes, I would most definitely change the button on my sidebar for you!

Michelle said...

Change it! You'll be happy you did! I was!

Pink Nothings said...

honest? I have not really liked your design. so do something fresh and new for the new year!
you will enjoy it.

Rebecca O said...

I think that change is good and only natural. If you do not think that this layout/design etc is not entirely "you"....that is all the more reason to make some changes. You have over 2500 followers...you are well known to us and anyone that has issues with changing a button html obviously is not that dedicated of a reader/follower.

I like this design and everything, but I would not mind a change at all. I say go for it.

lfhpueblo said...

It's your blog and if you think it needs a change, then go for it.

Pumpkin Bear said...

Change it if you want! It is your blog and it should make you smile when you look at it. :)

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

I think we all need a change sometimes...if it feels right do it! I know I've been thinking about a change too, but I have the same fears as you.

I think it would be a fun way to start the new year!

STYLEEZTA said...

I think its cute! don't change :)

kailani said...

I believe that everyone should have a design that they LOVE! Something that they can look at and feel proud of what they see. :-)

Anonymous said...

do what makes you happy...your followers will love it no matter what as its YOU they like! LOL
Angie
one4earth

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love your design. When I saw it, I sought out your designer and I won a giveway on her site for my redesign.

sheila said...

I think your design is very soothing to the eyes. If you absolutely need to change anything, maybe you could just do something with the header colors so something slight like that.

I'd love to change mine too. BUt I'm afraid because I've fiddled so much with it that I'm not sure if all my stuff would be there on a change, lol.

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

I felt the same way and am so, so happy that I did! I don't think you would have any problems at all with readers changing to your new button.

sweetpea08 said...

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on my blog! I really appreciate them! We may have to give each other support while we try to sell our houses with little ones around! =) Good luck when the time comes!

I love your blog, but I also think change is sometimes a good thing! One day I hope to either have someone offer to do a blog makeover for me, or for me to have money to do one!

Your blog is so awesome that there is only one place to go...up! No matter what you do! Look forward to see what you end up doing!

exotic1 said...

I'll be following and so will all the others no matter what you do so don't fret do what you want. It's suppose to be in your taste and style. Can you imagine trying to pick a design that everyone else would pick. That's impossible and then everyone would look similar. That is what is fun about visiting everyone's blog site. They all have their own style.

Beth said...

I've changed mine like 5 times in 6mths. Changed buttons 3x and no one cares! lol
I am actually getting ready to switch to wordpress and change it AGAIN! oh well
point is: it's your blog.. you do whatever you want with it!

Chelle said...

I say go for it, Dee! I change mine 1 time a year--and let me tell you--it's SO worth it! I love my blog designer. She's amazing!!

Change is a good thing--and I would love to grab your new butotn :)

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