How to Make your Redesign Go Smoothly

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Hello guys !

If you’ve been following me for more than three months you know that what my blog is wearing right now is fairly new. While I was working on it, I picked up quite a few tips that were really helpful and made it easier and less stressful for me. So when I got a few questions on my announcement I decided that this was a post that I eventually was going to write. I meant to write it in the month after my redesign, but… other posts got in the way -posts I’m really proud of, just so you know, hehe- and I kept forgetting that this is something I was planning on doing. But fret not, here I am to guide you through your redesign. Or at least, to give you one or two helpful tips.

God knows how stressful changing your entire blog’s look can be. When do I do it? What sources should I use? What layout? What color scheme? How do I go about it? Add to that the fear of messing up a theme that’s been working for so long, most of us shy away from doing anything different. I know I did. The one I had before didn’t really reflect me, it was just something I did to get my blog going and as I learnt new things, I started hating it and even then, I was afraid to change it because I didn’t want it to end up looking worse. But, once I figured some things out, it took a lot of the stress and pressure out of it.

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You know as well as I do that rushed, sloppy work is 90% of the time mediocre. If you give yourself a very short time frame to redesign your whole blog, from A to Z, chances are you’ll get frustrated and won’t be satisfied with the outcome and you’ll have to go back multiple times to fix what you don’t like and what doesn’t work which will take all the fun out of it, it’ll end being a hassle and you’ll hate the new design before you even start using it. This goes hand in hand with doing it when you have plenty of free time. Don’t be like me, don’t do it while you’re preparing for the end of semester exams. I did that, and that added useless stress to days that were already FILLED with it. 100% would not recommend.

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This is probably the biggest one. Make a blog for which the URL would be testyourblogsname.wordpress.com or whatever platform you’re using and make sure to put it on private. You don’t want anyone stumbling upon the ridiculousness that those tests can be sometimes. Anyway, once this idea dawned on me, everything was WAY easier and less stressful because I wasn’t playing around with my actual blog so mistakes didn’t have any impact and I didn’t have to rush and fix them. You can really focus on seeing what works and what doesn’t and take your time to change it. No one will see it. You can also keep it afterwards to see whether posts work with your theme or not.

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What I mean by this is find ONE (1) thing that you love and want to build your blog around, this way you can really focus on it. If you have one too many things, matching them can be forced, if not impossible because a background won’t work for a theme, a layout won’t support some graphics etc… So, is it a background? A layout? A certain type of graphics? Choose one of these that you really love and build the rest around it, you’ll actually enjoy doing that and playing around with colors, fonts and whatnot. I promise. My starting point was -obviously- the background because I fell in love with it and couldn’t NOT use it.

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It’s good to be ambitious and have a pretty good idea of what you want your blog to look like but… if that goes beyond your coding and graphic making skills? You’re set for disappointment. I know 0 things about coding and like 2% of things about graphic making (courtesy of canva) so I kept everything pretty simple and all things around this page are easy to make. But if you actually know what you’re doing, PLEASE GO ALL OUT, I love to look at pretty blogs, and be mesmerized by how the bloggers actually do that, because it’s something I can’t do.

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What I mean here is fonts, color scheme, formatting, etc… I’m not saying that if you don’t do this your blog won’t look good, I know a lot of blogs that don’t do it and are still gorgeous. This is not a matter of how the blog looks, as the title says it, it’s matter of making things easier for you. By using a couple of fonts and a set color scheme, you’ll save time whenever you have to write a post because you won’t lose any trying to decide which ones to use, you’ll be all set to work on the content. Plus, your blog will have a kind of signature look that people will recognize. It’ll help you build a brand too, if you decide on keeping that theme for a long time.

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I remember distinctly being VERY nervous about people seeing my new design and thinking it’s too bright and doesn’t look good, or that it’s not “professional” enough (news flash, I don’t get paid for this, it doesn’t have to look professional). And that’s normal. Because you want people to keep reading your posts and for that to happen they need to like it BUT that can’t put you off making you design into something YOU love, something that represents YOU. If people can match your vibe with your blog’s look, they’ll like it and they’ll keep coming back for more.


That’s it until next time.

Have you ever done a complete redesign? What are some tips and tricks you think are important?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Life Update + Ask me Questions

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Hello Guys !

I MISSED BLOGGING SO MUCH !! And I missed visiting all your blogs and commenting on them so so much as well. How have you been? How is your 2017 so far? What are you currently reading?

I’m finally able to breath and get back to blogging so I thought I’d write a quick post to catch up and announce my official return to Word Wonders.

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I know that you probably haven’t noticed that I wasn’t around because posts have been going up… less than usual but they were still there nonetheless but the truth is I haven’t blogged in more than a month -Ah, the magic of scheduling- so I feel like I don’t know how to blog anymore haha, forgive me while I shake off the rust.

So, where have I been? I know I said in my December wrap-up that I’d be going on a semi-hiatus because of my exams but it’s not just that. If you don’t follow me on Twitter (which you should totally do, HERE #selfpromo hehe) you don’t know that I shattered my laptop screen because of a scarf (yeah, long story!) a couple of weeks ago and ’til this day I’m still waiting for it to get fixed. I’m using my sister’s in the meantime.

About the exams, they were all okay, but the last one. It was the shittiest exam I’ve ever had to take and I will probably have to retake it (with 80% of the class) because the prof is vicious and he hates us. Anyway, I won’t bore you with details. I finished on the 20th and I wanted to blog this week-end but I was out of town with no Wifi so THAT didn’t happen either. That’s why there has been no Monday post this week, instead, I’ll be posting it tomorrow. 

After all this rambling, I just want to say that I’ll be back to my normal schedule of 3 posts a week next week 😀

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EXCITING NEWS!! Sunday, this baby blog of mine will be turning ONE. To celebrate that, I want you to ask me all the questions that might come to mind no matter the topic, personal, professional? blogging, reading, anything, everything… I’m open to answer all questions!

I’ll be answering all of them on Sunday, 29th. Bring the balloons and party poppers and come celebrate with me !


That’s it until next time.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 19 & 20

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

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What I love about her:

  • She is such an important part of the diverse community.
  • She often hosts original and fun readathons/challenges.
  • Her Instagram picture are STUNNING.
  • Her graphic designing skills are so freaking great.
  • JUST LOOK AT THE GRAPHICS IN HER REVIEW POSTS.

Noteable Posts:

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What I love about her:

  • She’s such a sweet and cheerful person.
  • Her post are hilarious while still being great.
  • She has these Feud of Food Posts that got me drooling.
  • She is so easy to talk to and fangirl with.

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 17 & 18

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

.catia

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What I love about her:

  • She’s one of the first people I’ve ever followed and never regretted it since.
  • My go-to to find some great NA books to add to my TBR.
  • She’s hosting an awesome New Adult reading challenge in 2017.
  • Her blog is so cute and girly.

Noteable Posts:

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 What I love about her:

  • She’s one of my newer blogger friends and I love her so much. Talking to her is effortless.
  • I always find books I’ve never heard of on her blog.
  • She’s always so well spoken in her discussions and I love them.
  • I can go to her with my bookish -and non bookish- opinions, rants and raves and she’ll listen.

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 15 & 16

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

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What I love about her:

  • The concept of her blog is unique.
  • She is the queen of rants. Hers are A-MA-ZING.
  • She has an NA novel Corrupt Me (that I’m sure is awesome) that’s going to be out in January.
  • She writes great discussion as well.

Noteable Posts:

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What I love about her:

  • Her review style is very chatty and interactive. It’s so fun to read.
  • She recently launched a Booktube channel and her videos are great.
  • She has a page dedicated to her art and it is SO good. She is very talented.
  • Her snapchats are so cute to watch.
  • She is just all around a sweet person.

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 13 & 14

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

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What I love about her:

  • She’s honestly the kindest person I’ve met through blogging.
  • Her discussions are the most thoughtful, best discussions out there.
  • She recently created a Diversity page and it is such an amazing idea.
  • Her Bookish Art is to die for.
  • I just think she’s an essential part of the community.

Noteable Posts:

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What I love about her:

  • Her comments are always very sweet and thoughtful.
  • We have similar opinions of books, and I took to ranting to her recently haha.
  • She’s honestly just so sweet.
  • Her reviews are always organized and detailed.

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 11 & 12

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

puput

 

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What I love about her:

  • She has such a fun, chatty, enthusiastic personnality. I LOVE IT.
  • She’s the first fellow Muslim blogger I’ve met and it was like a revelation haha.
  • I fangirl with her A LOT over my latest bookish obsessions.
  • I trust her recommendations because we have the same taste in books.
  • She has a cutesy, girly blog (says the one with the bright pink blog. Okay *sigh*)
  • HER INSTAGRAM.

Noteable Posts:

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What I love about her:

  • I’ve been in kind of an NA slump this year and she made me want to read it again.
  • Talking of which, her reviews are great.
  • Have you seen her Instagram pictures? Go. Now.
  • Her graphics are very simple yet very beautiful and eye pleasing.
  • She’s just all around an awesome and funny person!

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 9 & 10

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

aimal

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What I love about her:

  • Her reviews are very polished and detailed.
  • She created an amazing diversity meme called “Diversity Spotlight Thursday”.
  • She’s sassy and I love her tweets.
  • Can we just talk about the prettiness (I know it’s not a word but roll with it) of her blog?
  • JUST LOOK AT THAT HEADER.

Noteable Posts:

meleika

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What I love about her:

  • She is such a strong, outspoken and intelligent woman.
  • I admire her for all the work she does to make marginalized voices heard.
  • She’s creating a 2017 Squad for marginalized voices.
  • Other than diversity, she tackles really important topicson her blog.

Noteable Posts:


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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 7 & 8

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

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What I love about her:

  • She’s such a bubbly, happy part of the community and I’m grateful for that.
  • She made a Diversity Book recs thread on Twitter that’s EVERYTHING.
  • Her blog design is SO cute and colorful.
  • She does tons of guest posts.

Noteable Posts:

 

becca

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What I love about her:

  • SHE’S THE BEST, MOST CHEERFUL PERSON EVER!
  • Queen-bee of positivity.
  • She’s the reason I started seeking out more originality in my content.
  • She always finds a way to include humour in her posts.
  • She has the most original emoji-rating system for her reviews.

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 5 & 6

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

liam

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What I love about him:

  • His unbeatable sarcasm and sass levels.
  • His reviews are my favorites in the whole wide world.
  • He leaves the sweetest, most thoughtful comments.
  • HE’S JUST ALL AROUND AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING ALRIGHT?
  • His love for everything Moroccan is pretty awesome as well

Noteable Posts:

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What I love about her:

  • She’s such a sweet person.
  • Her Book Looks are to die for ! I want to pick them up and wear them.
  • Her Blogging Tips are awesome.
  • I trust her opinion on books. A LOT.

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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