Before and After: Book Blog Edition | In Which I Take You Through My Blog’s Embarrassingly Awkward Evolution

My blog is honestly such an adventure because every single time you visit my site something changes! A well-developed, consistent theme? WHAT IS THAT LOL.

If you can’t already tell from my a) incoherent paragraphs, b) grammatical errors, and c) refusal to edit said grammatical errors, it’s currently 2:30 AM and I… don’t know what I’m typing. I feel drunk except all I’ve had today is three pouches of CapriSun and I’m most likely just excessively sleep-deprived. I should really stop

fun fact this is the gif I use most often and I don’t know what that says about me

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✨ BEFORE: The Dark Ages ✨

Apparently this was my first “logo”, and I am using the term very loosely, because I distinctly recall making this in… no more than five minutes? What are these colors. What is this spacing. What.

can you feel me cringing through the screen… this is a big yikes


^ Yes, this was my site logo. yes, I know it looks horrendous. I can feel the judgement but that’s okay because I’m judging myself really hard too

I’m deeply second-guessing my decision to post this, my dudes. I mean, here’s just another taste of my fabulous designing skills:

this was supposed to be a blog post cover but it looks more like a poorly made youtube thumbnail if I’m being completely honest

✨ BEFORE PT 2: The Awkward Transition Phase ✨

Come Fall 2017, and it hit me in a rush just how overwhelmingly gross everything looked! So I changed my designing style and everything! (Why am I using exclamation points!)

Content-wise, I posted mainly book tags and the occasional rambl-y review. (Which, to be honest, still applies today because all my reviews consist of me literally rambling on for 10 paragraphs straight. Organized thoughts? Completely foreign to me.)

blog post cover v. 2!! Montserrat for the win #ILoveUsingDefaultFonts

I used PicMonkey for these covers until PicMonkey decided to stop letting me download them for free which I’m still a little bit salty about.* I’ve always heard people gushing on about PicMonkey but honestly?? Have I missed some mind-blowing feature? What’s the hype all about?? It constantly crashes and it never lets you do anything cool unless you’re a paid member. (Which is basically every service. Because they need money. But still!!)

*obviously I’m only a little bit salty. Like the tiniest bit salty. did I really just go on a rant about PicMonkey someone send help

✨ AFTER: And Finally, the Present *sighs* ✨

Which is basically characterized by:

  • Lots of unplanned hiatuses. Lots of em. as in I probably post only once a month and then proceed to fade randomly in and out from the blogosphere, I apologize to everyone in advance
  • More book reviews? which I guess is a good thing because (hopefully) you have noticed by now that I’m a book blog. but then again the bar for posting book reviews was already insanely low
  • Me changing the theme every two seconds
  • Me crying over my blog design
  • still no discussion posts because I have all the creativity of a fishstick

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I’ll be honest, it was a real struggle looking back at posts from fetus me—basically anything I wrote pre-2018—because I felt like covering my eyes every time I saw yet another questionably placed gif. All in all, however, it’s quite fascinating to actually see how much my blog has changed over the months!

Just for funsies—oh my god did I really just type that—I shall tag a few blogging buddies whose blogging evolution/growth I’m curious to see! (as always, no pressure!)  💞

✨My fabulous tags (who, by the way, have wonderfully designed blogs that I weep over and that you should all check out) ✨

Ioana @ Dragon WafflesLily @ Sprinkles of DreamsMelanie @ meltotheany | Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink | Bridget @ Bridget & BooksBeth @ Reading Every Night

Thank you for tuning into this very reflective and not-at-all-useless discussion of how my blog has progressed (or not, tbh) over the months. Thank you thank you. *modestly accepts shower of flowers and praise* *sashays out*

hugs and kisses,

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let us chat

What about you? How has your blog progressed over the years? How do you feel about your current blog design? What aspect do you feel you most improved on?

36 thoughts on “Before and After: Book Blog Edition | In Which I Take You Through My Blog’s Embarrassingly Awkward Evolution

  1. First of all, this post made me laugh REALLY hard because your first blog design is actually not that bad, while mine looked like a KINDERGARTNER drew it. *shudders*
    Anyways, you blog now looks FABULOUS!! (im jealous XD) Also, your old posts are actually fun to read!! They’re pretty good!! Unlike mine!! (I once wrote ‘btw’ in one of my really old posts and I was so shook because I text with perfect pronunciation and here I am using text talk in blog post??)
    Anyways, great post! 😁

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    • i can relate omg—whenever i look at my old blog posts, i have to physically suppress a shudder because what was i actually thinking???! believe me, your blog design can’t be as bad as my very first one :’)

      ahh thank u so much that is so sweet! ❤ i can't help but slip into text talk whenever i write blog posts… it's become a bad habit of mine, but tbh, it's so refreshing being able to write like this instead of the usual essay-ish style i need for my english papers ✨

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  2. this post is SO FUN i’m screaming. also so much respect to you for keeping track of your various graphics over time??? my old ones are long lost (thank god honestly)

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  3. Okay, as somebody who kind of low-key obsesses over blog graphics, I LOVE THIS POST. Don’t be too harsh on yourself – your first logo wasn’t that bad! I mean, you’ve obviously improved, but still. It’s really cool that you’ve kept track of how your blog has evolved over time! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. Hahaha i loved reading your post so much. I was like “oh totally relatable” about 83% of the post.
    My blog has also transitioned over the past year from boring to a little more colourful but lesser posts??!!! No consistency is what I relate to so much hahah

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  5. Ahhhh I didn’t get a pingback notification, so I’m super happy I didn’t miss this post. Look at how your blog evolved and turned into the wonderfulness that it is!!

    Thank you so much for mentioning mine, I’m so touched, and this honestly made my day! 😭❤️

    Wonderful post, Hannah!! 🌷✨

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  6. This post is hilarious. Mostly because your delivery is funny but also because your graphics weren’t actually all that bad (so much better than my first blog design) and I’m kinda crying on the inside LOL. I wouldn’t be too hard on yourself. Your design is wonderful! And everyone’s skill in designing is different and constantly changes over the years. I’m on the verge of changing up my own design but I just don’t know what resources to use. I agree about PicMonkey. It ain’t that great 😂

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    • ahhhh this!! is!! so wonderful!! ❤ (whenever i look at my old graphics i honestly feel like shuddering, HAHA.) but growth is everything!

      YES finally someone that agrees with me. picmonkey is such a bother to use when you don't pay for it (which i get, since they're a business, but still… not the greatest for amateurs like me).

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      • Agreed! You’re actually one of my inspirations in seeing how I could improve my blog graphics. So, you go girl LOL.

        Canva is my favorite resource to use. And sometimes finding random free blog graphics on Pinterest is a huge help! Eventually I’ll find that new look I can be proud of with some more research 😉

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  7. I think your graphics were great, from the beginning 🙂 Also, if you want to use a free graphics builder, try Caava. As far as I know, they don’t charge for downloads and while you do have to pay for some features, there’s enough free stuff that you could probably make enough graphics without having to open your wallet 🙂

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    • omg!! elissa thank u so much!! (this is so late, i can’t believe i haven’t seen this sooner!) and yepp canva is basically my best friend when it comes to this site 😀 i appreciate them so much for making the basics free **cough cough** picmonkey needs to take notes *couGH**


  8. Hahaha– You are always so hard on yourself, Hannah. I have loved all your blog designs. I don’t really do much with design or images. I just don’t have a knack, or even a passion, for it. I’ve had the same blog theme since month 6 of my blogging journey and I haven’t looked back. That said, I’ve considered hiring someone to make me some banners and logos… but eh. I dunno. It all sounds so hard and complicated. I’m proud of you for putting yourself out there like this! Keep up the great work.

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    • (ok this is so lateee) thank you so much for the kind sentiment, it warmed my heart! ❤ and wait i actually love your blog design and generally how all your reviews are formatted? i admire your consistency, i can't help but feel an inexplicable urge to change my theme every few months :') designing logos can be fun—i'm not the greatest at it, but it's still fun ✨

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      • Pft, who cares how late the response is? ❤

        D'aw. Thanks! I'm consistent because I'm not creative and I don't want to change anything XD I'm stubborn and lazy in what way. 😉

        Do you ever follow Sophie @ Blame Chocolate? Her theme changes practically MONTHLY. She's super into making new icons, images, and themes. I don't know how she does it. It must take HOURS. I just don't have time for that. XD

        I say, if you want to change your theme, DO IT

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      • Ahh my bad habit of responding to comments months late has not gone away!! :’) And I’m definitely checking her out now – the level of commitment and work is actually astounding. And yes, I think I have a re-design coming up because I’ve stuck with my current theme for so long!


  9. YOUR BLOG IS SO LOVELY (even in the dark ages sdkljfjdsl) AND I LOVE YOUUU c: c:
    my blog’s beginnings were humble af, ,i’m so scared to back and look at the horrors
    also I miss CapriSun ❤ ❤

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  10. I feel like I’m always struggling with design. Specifically with individual posts. I can never land on a specific way to organize my thoughts, and they feel rambly (so I totally empathize with you there!). Also, I really struggle with not falling into hiatus-mode. Even now, I’m in a book slump and can’t seem to focus!

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  11. I’m finding this post (and your blog) a little bit late but your blogging voice makes me smile and is actually funny, not just a fake chuckle kind of smile. And I think we can all agree that our past blogging selves were definitely people that deserved some sort of help. Your blog now looks fabulous and literally amazing, so you’ve done a great job in improving it!

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