Oi, I Revamped My Blog! Kinda...

EDIT: Oh man, most of you preferred the original header over the new one, so I revamped it with elements of both. Special + numerous thanks to Pauline/Addicted to Makeup for helping me make some intensive choices!! (Hopefully this new header will suit everyone, yeah?)


Yes, yes I did. 

It's been on my to-do list for the longest time now, and ever since I finished summer school last week, I decided to finish the girls in my header. Considering I created this layout during summer school season, well, a slight revamp was in order! Huzzah! 

(I mean, I was originally going to ask for input/have a poll with the old vs. new blog header, but I went, '2 heck wit dat, new is ALWAYS better')(Right...??)(......ANSWER MEEEEEEEEEEE)


And the blog now has more citron and guava coloured accents, so yay for that.

I still have some minor tweaks here and there, but also, how do you guys feel about social media blog buttons? And leave me some other input, because I'm still iffy about the blog header and that weird line separator and the girl on the left sdskgf,mdfkfhg

Also, I'm in the mood to doodle. First three comments get a quick doodle from me, yeah? (Plz don't ask for silly things like 'DRAW MY FASE' otherwise you'll probably regret it)

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  1. Ooo, I like the new header Vanessa! But if I'd have the compare, I think the old one is slightly more interesting - I like incomplete stuff. I'm weird though so yeah. @_@

    As for blog buttons, I kinda like! I've got blog buttons of my own but don't have them on my sidebar or anything - it's got its own little post and people who want to use it, take it. Other than that, it's whatever. xD I think a blog roll is awesome, (but I keep freaking out at how "busy" a layout will look like with so many buttons...) why am I so crazy idk.

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    1. Man,errboday so far is saying the former header looks better @_@

      Oops, I actually meant social media buttons, haha!

      ALRIGHT, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DOODLE.

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    2. Ohahah, I LOOOVEE social media buttons! ^o^

      And ooh hmm, a doodle of a dragonnnn!~ or a dog same thing 8D pretty please~

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  2. The new header looks really good! I always thought the old one was how it was supposed to be though, incomplete and all~ (it'd also look really cool if you only had their eyes!)

    As for buttons, if you get one of those like, embedded images, where the links are embedded into icons of the SM site that would look really awesome in your color scheme~! (sadly I don't know where to find one, but you could always draw one yourself!)

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    1. THAT WAS ACTUALLY A TEMPORARY HEADER LOL ;-;
      (Or maybe I'll do elements of both headerssomehow alkdsslfjkdlg)

      Yeah I was thinking that! But I don't have instagram and the only links I'd have would be Bloglovin and twitter...so they would be lonely ._.

      ALRIGHT WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DOODLE

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    2. Both headers look awesome so whatever you decide will look good regardless!

      You could just make two big ones then? Make them all sketchy like the header...?

      I would really like some sort of witch hat or a panda! (pretty please)

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    3. Blerg, LOL. I'll probs have to create additional social media sites, which means creating an Instagram account against my will, probably LOL @_@

      Ouu, I'd love to do a witch hat! I'll give it a try! C:

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    4. You don't like instagram? LOL

      ooo, yay! <3

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  3. It's not bad! The old header seemed artsy, which was cool, I liked it, but the completed look works too. I like the additional color accents. It ties in the whole webpage nicely.

    GET SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTONS. Be out there as much as possible. You'll be able to connect with more people (or more easily with the peeps you're already connected to). Most of my page views have come from Pinterest, Tumblr and google.

    Also, I was thinking about starting a facebook group for small blogs. We could all talk, ask each other quick questions, blog advice, etc. What do you think?

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    1. Yeah, the whole 'incomplete'/artsy look was something I unintentionally did with my header LOL

      Oh right, I forgot I had a Tumblr account that is not actually beauty related lolomg (I should make a side blog for it maybe, or s/t). And Pininterest. BUT TOO MANY SOCIAL MEDIA SITES SEEMS LIKE A HASSLE (sorry, internal debate)

      I love that idea!! It would be much more convenient than emails/doing a post on a blogging topic, etc! C:

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    2. i think a forum to connect small blogs would be great! i would love some way to generate new ideas and get some advice on my blog. also, i think its a great way for us to all support each other while increasing each other's readership.

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    3. Yes! I'm glad you guys are on board. I'm gunna take a couple days to think up the details and how to get more small bloggers involved.

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  4. get social media buttons. makes it easy for ppl to follow. but i would focus on the outlets you actually have energy to utilize. be strategic and don't spread yourself too thing.
    btw i have instagram and you should too. (i saw that to be facetious of course)

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    1. here's another idea. get something like disquis or instadebate. i find the default blogspot commenting system difficult to really connect with bloggers. i never get pinged that they've replied on their blog if i've commented and i don't bother to check whose post i commented on. for example, if you replied to some of my comments on your blog, chances are, i dont know about it.

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    2. ...L O L

      Oh, I just bookmark the page I've commented on. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of disquis, just because there is occasional downtime, plus I like using the fancy linking script thingamajig. But I agree, the whole ping/reply to blog comment feature is really handy. I might look into instadebate though

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  5. I like the new header! Your drawings are lovely. :)

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    1. Thank you! Finally someone who likes the new header LOL (I mean, everyone prefers the old one, haha)

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  6. Your new header looks amazing! I love to change my blog design from time to time too!

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    1. Thank you! It's nice to freshen up the header sometimes! c:

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  7. Did you go back to old header already? Either way I like both. I'm always envious of anyone who can draw well since my drawing aptitude is like stick figures. The old one has more of a cooler transitional feel but I prefer the new one just slightly more and I like how you worked in your citron and guavaberry colors. Maybe you could rotate the two? The social media buttons would help if you want readers to connect with you elsewhere. I just made some tweaks to my blog this week as well. I can't believe it's taken me this long to put up a proper about page O_o

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. I incorporated elements of both! And thank you! :D

      Eh, we all have to progress with our skill somehow, my earlier works were horrendous!

      Oh man, some of my blog pages are still in repair--it's so easy to neglect them! ._.''
      Thanks for your input!

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  8. Your header is amazing!!!!!! I love arty headers :D xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  9. You are soooooo talented!!! I am genuinely amazed that you created that by yourself GIMMMME YA SKILLS GAL!
    I like the new one ^_^ very pretty :')
    and I love the accent colours too..ok now away to read your eversolong award post tehehe
    The Blushing Giraffe | A New UK Beauty Blog
    xxx

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    1. Thank you! :'D
      But tbh, sometimes I'm amazed my my own art. I'll be like 'HOLY HOW DID I EVEN DO THOSE LINE HOW DID THEY COME FROM MY HANDS', haha
      Thanks again! c:

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  10. I love the new title :) did you draw that?! SO GOOD! It's kind of mysterious how the girl transitions from being incomplete to complete! ...or are they different girls... LOL either way I like the incompleteness!!
    http://dharapatelio.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, I did! Thanks c:

      THEY'RE ALL DIFFERENT GIRLS LOLLL ;-; (Clearly I suck at drawing variation)

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  11. I haven't been here for a while so I could not tell the difference in the header. I'm glad you put them up for comparison and I see that you've already changed it by the time I read this. Good move! I personally prefer the eyes instead of the whole face on the left. Did you draw them on computer? I wished I knew how to draw those fashion illustration style on computers. I'm still trying them with pencil and paper.

    It seems like many blogs are in the process of undergoing a revamp and most of them are all the minimalist white style. I'm so glad I'm almost finished with my revamp. I'm still left with tweaking of the sidebar. It took me over 2-3 weeks to slowly tweak them during pockets of free time. How about you? Do you feel the sense of accomplishment? What are you left with?

    Social media buttons? I added these to my blog during this revamp too. I WOULDN'T do so in the past coz I wasn't too public about my blog a few years back. I started opening up because of an incident and found so much warmth in the blogging world. I COULDN'T do so because I didn't have much social media platforms too and too few buttons look kinda strange right? I gradually signed up for Pinterest and Instagram and so giving me the impetus to do those buttons. It depends on what you feel. I think it's nice to connect with your readers via other platforms too. If you have instagram, I would definitely connect with you there!

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    1. Heh, a large majority of people preferred just the eyes! And yeah, I drew them on computer. About time I used my tablet!

      Yeah, I really do like the minimalist white style. It's clean! I on't know actually, getting everything and redo-ing certain things was frustrating, but I like my blog now! Hopefully your effort will be all worth it!

      I've been meaning to make an instragram account for some time now, but I feel like it would only be pictures of my dog ._.''

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  12. Pretty header Vans :D I wished I had the time to make one for my boring life page, LOL. Everything looks so clean and crisp!

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    1. THANK YOU :D
      I wouldn't mind giving your blog a revamp ;)

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