When Not To Give Your Blog A Facelift

blog overhaulThings look a bit different around here eh? A little slicker. A bit fancier. I mean look, look at the front page, if I was a better photographer that thing would be b-e-a-utiful.

Last night, at a time when I should really have been lying about feeling a bit sorry for myself and moaning about my sore throat, I decide to do an overhaul. In my defence I was home alone with no-one to whinge at and I was utterly convinced that there was no better time. I made a tenuous link to the blogs’ birthday (IN AUGUST).  I talked my tiny brain into believing that my recent malaise with blogging was down to aesthetics rather than a lack of time to turn my piles of ideas into actual posts.  I know, I know, I’m a superficial cow*. I had also just really messed up the June bit of my bullet journal and I needed a quick win ok? So, without reading the handy Pipdig installation instructions – because who does – and egged on by a (at the very least) tipsy teenager who‘d just come through the door, I hit the upload button.

I adore the new template but last night the tiredness took over and when I couldn’t find my snapchat code in three seconds I had a little frustrated weep and just closed the laptop mid job. Story of my life right there.  It means there might be some squiffy bits and I almost certainly need to get on and update some links, replace some ropey pictures with some marginally less ropey ones and to make some little tweaks here and there. I woke up feeling a bit excited though, for the first time in ages I felt motivated to spend some time on the blog. It was all getting a little stale maybe? Perhaps I’d outgrown it? Maybe I saw the template I liked a few months ago and have actually dreamt about it once or twice *cough* weekly.

All of those are true and all are completely valid reasons to overhaul your blog too.overhaul

When should you not overhaul your blog? When you’re tired, ill, have decided right there and then that there’s no other option and are being very much enabled by drunken teens. Every other time you should go for it, a change is as good as a rest.

Five things I wish I’d thought about first:

  1. Get your social media profiles and log in details ready.
  2. Think (for more than thirty seconds) about what you want your new design to look like.
  3. Plan your widgets, sidebars and footers. It’s much easier to have these ready than to have to keep refreshing when you’ve shifted something a mm to the left. Sigh. That’s not to say you can’t tweak as you’re going along, it’s just easier to have the lions share done.
  4. Don’t publish a blog post and then instantly turn your blog into a weird inaccessible wasteland of ‘maintenance mode.’ People can’t read stuff that way you fool.
  5. Don’t also randomly decide to update your logo and branding at the same time, that’s too much for one brain.

What do you think of Life Outside London 2.0? Let me know. Oh and definitely let me know if anything’s really off, I don’t want any penis pics in the sidebar. It could happen…

*s’alright, one day I’ll take over the world. Winky emoji thing.

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  • Em

    I have been ‘transitioning’ to a new look and feel casually over about a month. I think I like where it is at now and I am bored of faffing with it, but lets wait and see if a week or two if I’m going to change it up again – all because I fell in love with a wordpress self hosted template but could not be arsed to move to wordpress or self host but couldn’t find the EXACT same one in Blogger!

    I do like your new look though. I am loving the image heavy feel to it, and your social bar at the bottom too! And remember you didn’t tantrum about snapchat last night, you’re just casually transitioning…..(right, off to find you on snapchat. Do you know how it works?)

  • Don’t use the link on here will you? It’ll almost certainly take you somewhere a bit horrifying. I think I’m ‘lifeoutsidelondon’. And Christ no, I don’t. I have regular weekly lessons with a teenager but IT’S NOT GOING IN!

    And I’ve been loving your transition, I don’t want to fling blame around but if I hadn’t seen yours yesterday I *probably* wouldn’t have mucked about with mine. Just saying. You’re right though, it’s always good to wait a bit and see if it grows on you, you throw a tiny bit of your soul into the revamp, definitely too close to our own sites though.

  • I love the new look, and I too head straight to ‘maybe if I just get a new template’ every time I get a bit *meh* about my blog! I decided to update my design last year and transition from wordpress to blogger, about half an hour before I had to be out of the door to celebrate my birthday. THAT was not the time to do it! For a start it turns out you have to first upload all your wordpress posts onto a secret hidden website for them to then change the files into ones blogger can read… Anyway it ended up taking days! A year on and I’m thinking of updating again, but this post just brought back all the reality of it, and I’m not sure I can face the hours of ‘why is that widget not doing what it is meant to!’

    Also, I never actually bothered to go back and reformat photos in old posts etc. Because, well, effort! Hope you get all yours sorted soon, and you’re feeling better! Stephie xx

  • Well it looks rather good to me 🙂

  • It looks awesome! Haha I did the same, totally decided the best time for my overhaul was over Christmas and when we were on holiday, queue mad checking with my phone and getting so confused!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • It looks amazing!! I love the image heavy design and the social footer. I’ve been pestering my other half for a new blog template for months to get me a bit more motivated, but he’s not motivated enough to build me one.


  • It looks so prettyyyyyy! I’ve been thinking about overhauling mine for a little while but my technical knowledge is so lacking that STRESSFUL x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Emma Fisher

    Erm, don’t go blaming my indecision on blog design for you indecision on blog design. I am literally the last person anyone should take into account when thinking about their blog 😉

    And I will start snapchatting more than just left over rum bottles one day. I think. If I ever get it!

  • Love the new look! I’ve been putting off revving mine up and need to get on it, so thanks for the tips x

  • Emmas happy world

    Your blog looks beautiful 😍 I might change mine up now 😍 thank you for the inspiration 😍😘

  • The new design is SO beautiful! It is nice to have a fresh look, always gives me a big ole burst of inspiration! Immy x


  • I love the new design, it looks lovely! And, although there may be better times to sort out such things, I really find that refreshing your blog’s design re-energises you to write on it so it’s definitely worth it in my book!

    Anna xx | The Girl In The Moon

  • The amount of times I’ve bought a new blog template on a whim and almost cried because it was 11:30 at night and I wanted to go to sleep but my blog WASN’T WORKING AND WHY IS NOTHING WHERE I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AND WHY DOESN’T IT LOOK LIKE THE DAMN PREVIEW DID.

    Girl. I feel your pain. BUT I am loving LOL 2.0 (just realised the acronym for your blog and I literally love it more than before even tho I had no idea this was humanly poss)

    Katie xx ¦ La Coco Noire

  • Late to the party (as ever) but LOVE 2.0. Love. So pretty and clean and that homepage grid thing is BEAUT. Three cheers for late night designing. I always seem to end up doing mine at night as well! xx