My blog has been an artifact of how I grow as a person. I started blogging in late 2009 right after the big earthquake hit the city where I studied, Padang, an event that led me to start covering my body and wearing hijab. Wearing hijab for the first time is not easy even though I was 100% certain of my decision, especially with my background born and grew up in a big(ger) city, Bandar Lampung, where religion doesn’t really matter. With the turbulence of decreasing self-confidence and raising doubts, I knew that I needed to do and learn other things rather than focusing on my unnecessary stress.
Blogosphere is where I found it. At that time, hijab was not as popular as hijab today. There were not much hijab inspiration, Dian Pelangi and friends hadn’t come to fame when I landed on their blogs years ago. I felt inspired by them and what interested me more at that time was learning about blog design. I don’t understand any HTML or other coding, but I know how to make use of and manipulate widgets, colors, and stuffs, supported with my spurious photoshop knowledge.
There are many free blog design templates in the internet but I always choose to make and use my own design, no matter how cheesy or ugly it is compared to other blog templates made by professionals. I feel proud of what I make and it reflects me at that time, it’s a phase of growing up. Nobody was born awesome, aite? Well, maybe Angelina Jolie is. The point is, not only my writing is my journey, but also my blog lay-out.
When I first blogged, the whole lay-out was strong pink and purple, very flashy that it could turn you blind. To make it worse, there were too many my self-portraits in the lay-out, my pics were everywhere; in the header, blog profile, blog content (of course) and in the bottom of the page. If the Today-Me visited my old blog layout, she would throw up and get the old me a mirror. No wonder I was so garish, I was a big fan of Lolita sub-culture at that time. #OMGalaybangetgwmoment!
After I realized my hyper-self-centered tendency, I changed my blog design from time to time, especially my header. Since then, I have been more modest and less narcissistic, I (try to) believe so. Well I am still narcissistic, but at least now I know how to control to not point it out. D’oh!
For me, header is important because it’s the first thing people see (and sometimes judge) when they first land on your blog. It has to briefly and accurately describe who you are, what you like and what the blog is about.
And like I’ve said before, changes in blog lay-outs are a reflection of growing-up phase. You will see my point by looking at the pics of some of my headers that I still keep.
|**my latest blog header, January 2015|
The photo was taken by a talented young photografer that I met on Instagram, Bang Tian. One day he asked me to be his model for his project and I was free to pick the theme. The results of the photoshoot were sooo me, with the big bow and polkadot touch! Too many photos that are my favorites and I guess this one is which I like most.
My current blog header and the old one are using almost similar photoshop tricks, tutorials can be found here.