Edit: Thank you for all the responses and I have made a few changes accordingly. If you would still like to comment you can give feedback on the current colours/background.
I was really pleased with last week’s post where I interviewed my Aspie sister on what it’s like to have ASD and her experience of meltdowns. I was unsure how to top that this week. A Halloween themed post? An interview with my dyspraxic, colour blind sister? Nah, I’ve decided to enlist your help instead.
At some future point I might self host my blog but for now I’m sticking with Blogger. However, I am still a technophobe and still a bit clueless when it comes to this blogging business and I’m also hugely indecisive. Picking what to have for lunch is often an angst-filled process so deciding on the look and content of my blog is just too much and I generally try to avoid thinking about it lest I have a break down.
It’s okay, though, I’ve thought of a way round this! I’ll do what I often do at lunchtime and ask other people what they’re planning to eat…or I’ll ask other people what they think I should do with my blog (although, lunchtime is coming up so I’d be open to hearing your lunch options too).
Here we go. I should warn you I am utterly useless when it comes to terminology for…websitey, bloggy stuff.
So, there should be tiger stripes down the sides of the blog. You know, the backgroundy bit. This is an example of my awesome MS Paint skills. I know, I know, I said I was a technophobe then I drop this bombshell on you but I did indeed make those incredibly artistic and sophisticated stripes all by myself.
I actually quite like the stripes. They fit with the blog name, they’re kind of unpretentious, fun and childlike. I don’t like the fact they’re not very symmetrical and sort of cut off at the right hand side but I’m not sure if that’s dependent on the device you access the blog from and I’m sure it’s fixable if I really put my mind to it.
Anyway, whilst I quite like them I’m open to other suggestions. Or open to the idea of keeping stripes and making them a little more…realistic. What are your thoughts?
The Horrid Colour Scheme
It’s very…brown. I think pretty much all other blogs I read have white behind the text and on the side bit where all the stuff about Facebook and Twitter go. I have brown.
It’s left over from when I first made the blog and didn’t have the stripes and it looked a bit different (not very different, granted, because…all that stuff I said about decisiveness). I did ask what people thought of the brown on my Facebook page and a couple of people said they liked it but this was going back to when I only had a few page likes – pretty much exclusively friends and family – as opposed to the still fewer than 100 many, many I have now. White would mean I wouldn’t have that annoying white border around photos and badges and…I want to say widgets or something (the Facebook and Twitter bits on the right…or, at least, on the right on a laptop or computer) but would it be too boring?
Do you like the brown with the off-white text? This is the one thing I’m most likely to change but if it turns out everyone actually does genuinely love the brown I’d suck it up and keep it. If not brown then what? White? There must be a reason it’s the choice of most other bloggers out there! Or a different colour?
I imagine there’s a way to get a photo somewhere here (other than in the actual blog posts). Lots of other people do it. I try to stay relatively anonymous on here because I’m writing largely about other people and predominantly about Tyger and Bear’s lives so I won’t put up a big picture of my face or anything. However, I did get my lovely mum to take this photo for me to use as a profile picture for Facebook, Twitter and comments on here:
Do you think I should have this photo (or some other photo) somewhere at the top of the blog?
I don’t really have any hard and fast rules when it comes to the content of my blog posts. I tend to write about ASD a lot and Tyger is often my protagonist but I also write about Bear, myself, other issues (like gender stereotypes and breastfeeding in public) and anything that happens to pop into my head.
So, if you have read a few of my posts, which do you prefer? Is there anything you’d like me to write about more often? Or something you’d like me to cover that I haven’t written about yet?
Other Things I Don’t Really Think About
Any other thoughts? I lazily use the ‘default font’ on all my blog posts. Should I pick something else (more decisions!)? Should I add more photos to my blog posts? Should I branch out more on social media (I know how to use Facebook and Twitter – everything else scares me but I’ll give it a go if I really should)? Does anything about my writing style really annoy you (I use parenthesis and ellipsis a lot, for one thing)? Should I try to figure out how to have actual pages like an ‘about me’ section and all that jazz? Or are there any other pieces of advice or criticism I haven’t covered you’d like to throw my way?
I genuinely am – possibly foolishly – asking for honest opinions so please don’t worry about offending me. I’m not quite happy with the blog as is, which is why I’m addressing this in the first place. I’d love answers in any form: in the comment section of this post, in the comment section on Facebook, as tweets to me on Twitter or even face to face if you’re one of the lucky people who know me in real life. Whatever’s easiest for you!
*Sits back and awaits tumbleweed.*