When I started blogging back in 2014 my blog looked terrible, I am not just saying that either as it truly was horrendous. I did not have a clue what I was doing when I signed up to blogger and had no idea that you could buy templates so I had a basic free blogger template that I kept trying and failing to look nice, as I had no idea what on earth I was doing.
I did not mind that my blog looked a mess though as I had no idea that people would actually read my blog as it was set up to simply record my pregnancy with baby number three and document my girls childhood. I never knew that bloggers were paid to write posts or that brands would send you things to review or send you on trips. I had no idea how many blogs were out there and that you could change the look of your blog without being a technical wizard.
I soon realised that you could buy templates fairly cheaper off Etsy and I brought my first one, it was bright pink and I soon realised that it did not look so great. I brought a second template off Etsy a few months later and I was slightly happier with this one as it was fairly simple and not so bright but it was not 'me' it had bunting on for a start and I am not really a bunting fan. I have never really been happy with my blog as it has never looked how I wanted it too, I read so many blogs that look amazing and well polished and professional, my blog was far from that.
I have never wanted to show my blog off or promote it much as I have never felt truly happy with it, this is my little space on the web which i love dearly but I was not proud of it and was always amazed that brands wanted to work with me and I was earning money when there was so many more amazing looking blogs out there.
When I went to Britmums back in June I came away inspired with a head full of ideas on how to change and improve my blog, I wanted to work hard on my blog and finally be happy with it. I came home from Britmums and did not implement a single thing that I learnt as their was just so many things I wanted to change and I felt overwhelmed by the amount of work I had to do. Since the summer I have sort of lost my way with blogging, my heart has not been in it as much as it should be, writing has been a chore at times and I kind of felt a bit embarrassed by my blog as it did not look that great.
I decided to take action and a few months ago I contacted the super talented Helen from Ellie Illustrates to book my blog in for a makeover. I had no idea what I wanted my blog to look like, I did not know what colours I wanted or anything and simply said I wanted a blog that showed us as a family and something that showed Newcastle as obviously that is my blogs name.
Helen worked her magic and has created an amazing header for my blog which I adore it has are family in cartoon form, I only wish that we looked that happy and perfect in real life. It also has the Tyne and Millennium bridges in the background symbolising Newcastle and it has two very cute Magpies as obviously they symbolise Newcastle football team. I also have super cute bird nests social media buttons to tie in with the Magpie's, I love these as they are not like anything I have seen before. I also have a nice blue background which really complements the header and the whole blog looks cleaner and fresher and nicer. I now have a blog that I am proud of and want to show off as I finally feel happy with it.
I have a few little jobs to do to make things complete, I have to update my pages and photos and I have already spent all last week going through all of my links fixing broken links after my DA dropped last week (thanks Moz). I have also been thinking lately about the direction I want this blog to go in and I have decided that I am going to be making some changes, I want to feature more days out and activities and I will be posting less reviews and weight loss posts as lets be honest no one wants to read review after review or how I lost half a pound last week. I am going to set a new blog up next year for my Slimming World type posts and my more grown up posts and book reviews, I will still be featuring the odd Slimming World family recipe idea and monthly updates on this blog though.
Now that I finally feel happy with my blog I have so many idea and thing's to share with you all and I finally feel like I want to write again, as my heart is back into it. So keep an eye out for some changes over the coming months and lots more posts that you will hopefully enjoy.
What do you think of my blog makeover ? I would love to know in the comments below.