7 months. After 7 months of hard work, here I present to you my new website design. It really wasn’t easy. To start with zero idea and now a finishing product. When I met the designers in May, the only thing I told them was, “I want a complete change.” Just like whenever I go to a salon, I will tell the hairstylist the same thing.
But change to what? What kind of design? What do you exactly want? I don’t know. So I figured along the way. This was the very first draft the designers come up with. I edited and edited and edited the design, but it wasn’t something I really like. Plus it looks kind of similar to the previous layout. So I wrote a long email and rejected this design (sorry designers!). See the drastic difference from what you see now.
So what are the changes?
1. Bye Bye columns!
My aim is simple: Forget about seeing my face, forget about the ads on the side bar, I just want you to FOCUS on reading my blog post.
I didn’t want to make it too commercialized (I know that would mean losing an income) but I just love blogging and want you to just focus your attention on the blog post instead of the distraction at the columns. So I made up my mind to only have this one column.
2. Featured Image (NEW!)
By only having one column, I hope they do more justice to my photos. Some of them are still not up to the standard, but I will keep on trying and hope I can take better photos to entice you.
This is a totally new feature in the blog, I have to manually upload the images. I have 5 years of blog posts to do, so if you were to read last year’s blog, you may not see any photos yet. Sorry about it, I am trying my best to do it quickly.
3. Bye bye blogger
My website was previously hosted by blogger and now I decided to give wordpress a chance. I did try to start up a wordpress blog the previous round but I failed. And this time, I cannot fail because I have officially “jumped ship”. So please give me some time to get use to the new platform.
Because blogger doesn’t use the paragraphing code like wordpress, the paragraphs for all the older post are gone. Please give me some time to fix it. And if you realize, the links are no longer valid. HAIZ. So if you have bookmarked something previously, sorry you have to do it again.
4. Truncated blog posts
I know this is either you like it or you hate it. I even ask on twitter if you prefer to have a “read more” button in the blog. Response to this were drastic. Half of the people replied said yes, while the other half said no. I can understand, because before I did this layout, my answer is also no.
When the designer came up with 2 options, one showing “read more” while the other showing full post, I was in a serious dilemma. I showed it to many of my friends to ask for 2nd opinion. And this gets me more confused. But a friend knocked my head and told me, “It’s your blog! Put what you like and not what others like!” I cannot please everyone in the world, because every one has their own preferences. Sometimes, I already find it hard to please myself. So I went with the truncated blog posts. Reason is simple: It looks neater.
Some of you may have difficulties viewing the website yesterday. I deeply apologise for that. As you can see, I am still doing the finishing touches so please bear with me for a while. If you spot any problems, please feel free to drop me a mail.
The design has been changed for a million times. Once I see something I don’t like, I will bug the designers. So thank you Ripplewerkz, especially Choi Yee and Lionel, for being so understanding. But I really hope you welcome the change and continue reading the blog. It has got lotsa hard work put into it. Although it is a new layout, there are some things which will never change. That is, my love for blogging.