October 11, 2017

New Blog Design+Name!!!

Study Motivation

Hello, my friends!!!


Notice anything different?

Yep, yes, that's 100% right. You're looking at a brand new blog. 

Well. Brand new in a manner of speaking. It's still the same blog....

Let's talk about this.

1) NEW BLOG DESIGN

I've been meaning to do a makeover on my blog for awhile now. With the arrival of autumn, now seemed a perfect time to do so. You may notice, however, that my new design isn't exactly autumnal. That was intentional. As much as I love matching my blog surroundings to the current season, I honestly don't have the time to do it like I used to. Plus, my blog design tastes have gone up in recent years. I don't want to drive myself insane every season wrangling css codes and rummaging through the html coding searching for one little tag.

I hope this design will stay a bit longer than the previous one. I'm super pleased with how it came out—I was going for something a little more professional (hence simply the title instead of a collage header.....not yet sure whether I'm going to miss the photos or not...) but still cozy and personal.

Also, I gotta give credit where credit is due—I was greatly inspired by this girl's gorgeous new blog design. *whispers* I really hope she doesn't mind. My brother said it's not complete plagiarism, though the very similar background may be pushing it a little. *looks around nervously*

2) NEW BLOG NAME
This is probably even bigger news than the aforementioned, though I'm willing to bet you noticed the design before the name. (Am I wrong? Right? Crazy?) (Don't answer that last one.)

So.....WHAT DO YOU THINK???


For yearrrrrs now (pretty much ever since I created my blog) I've thought about changing its name. I was never 100% in love with "Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens", but after entering the blogging world with it and having it gain recognition and experience, I couldn't just pull the rug out from my poor baby blog and rename it so soon! It's been good for the past four years. But with growth comes change, and this former name no longer fits my little blog as well as it used to. Kind of like when a child is called "Lizzy" until she grows up and insists on being called "Elizabeth".


*sniff* Back to business. I asked a couple close friends what they thought of my intended name change. With their thoughts and approval goading me on, I am now pleased to announce that "Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens" is henceforth to be known as "Ramblings of a Redhead Girl."

It's shorter, more coherent, and MUCH easier to type out. :P

AND IT MATCHES MY URL.

(Now I wish I hadn't originally written my URL with all those dashes, but oh well. Live and learn.)

3) I created a personalized icon, changed my sidebar a bit, and tidied up my "about", "my books", "reviews", and "friends" pages. Check them out if you so wish. :)


So what do YOU all think of my new blog name??? 
I put a little voting gadget thingy on the sidebar for your input. >>>
(It's anonymous, so you can say what you like and I'll never know it was you. ;))

37 comments:

  1. I love it!!! Your design is flawless. I do like the new name, too. :)

    ~Elanor

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  2. IT'S SO PRETTY!!! *heart eyes* I absolutely love the new look and name, m'dear. :D

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    1. Eeep thank you, Mary!!! <3 I'm so glad you approve.

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  3. OH NATALIE!
    *scurries off to email you*

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  4. Wow, Natalie!!! I really like the new design, especially the header! And I do think the new name fits better.

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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  5. Nice! I really (for real--I'm not just saying that) like it--simple but elegant and quite lovely! And the quotes/pictures on your sidebar are wonderful!!! (Especially the "Exercise Motivation" one! :P)

    I'm a little bit terrified at these gifs though...:D (just kidding, they're...great.)

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    1. Thanks, Anna!!! I'm so glad you do. :D (I knooow; I love that one too!)

      Terrified? Why terrified? (Heehee, thank you!)

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  6. IT'S BEAUTIFUL! Nicely done indeed. :) I love the background, and the header is so sweet. I also think I approve of the name change. The sentimental side of me is says "no"...but who cares for that, right? Haha. :) It's great! All of it!! :D

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    1. Thank you, dear!!! <3 HAHA. You THINK you approve of the name change? (Honestly, I had a feeling you'd say something like that. I just knew you'd be sad to see the old name go. *hands tissues* I understand how you feel. <3)
      I'm so glad you approve!!!

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    2. (Haha. You know me. ;P Thanks for the tissues. ;))

      Oh and I forgot to comment on your sidebar! It's splendid! I love your choice of pictures and quotes. (That Tom Hiddleston one though...hahaha! :D)

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      Aww thanks!! I'm glad you like it. :D And yuuss, hahaha. I need that Tom Hiddleston quote on a running shirt. ;D

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  7. Oh my goodness! It's quite lovely, in my humble opinion. It's absolutely perfect for a blog that is "all grown-up". It's very stylish and cute and perfect!!

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  8. I thought I'd commented on this, but it must have just been in my head. ;)

    I love the new blog name, and the new layout is absolutely beautiful!!! And I'm drooling at all the pictures + quotes on the sidebar. ;D

    Also, did you take that first picture? Because if you did... WOW. *heart eye emoji* (And even if you didn't, it's GORGEOUS.)

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    1. Also, your new about me page is AWESOME. :D

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    2. Haha, no problem. ;)

      Thank you!!!! I'm really happy you approve. :D

      The one of the mountains? No, it's from Pinterest. :) It is gorgeous, I agree!

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    3. Whoops, I missed your second comment. THANKS!!! I so appreciate your telling me. <3

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  9. This is so pretty! Well done!

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  10. I tried to go on your blog on Wednesday, and the "private blog" page scared me silly! You can imagine how relieved I was to see your post pop up in my feed. :)

    Re-doing your blog is always such fun + rather bittersweet at the same time don't you think?
    I feel you on the change/growth thing; It's so healthy to grow with, and be open to change and what not, BUT IS THE STRUGGLE EVER REAL!!!! Hugs to you Natalie, for having the courage to go with it. :)

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    1. Aww, I'm sorry! I was curious whether anyone would see that and start wondering what had happened! Don't worry--I wouldn't go without letting you all know. <3

      Yes, it certainly is. Ahhh I'm glad you can relate on the struggling with change thing, too!!! Honestly, I have such a love/hate relationship with change, no matter what it is that's changing. *hugs* Thank you, dear friend!!

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  11. It's lovely, Natalie!!! <3 The background is so pretty--I had a dress with fabric like that once, I think :-) And I'm such a big fan of the lettering in the title, it's very elegant and sweet :-)

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    1. Thank you, Jessica!!! You did? Aww, that must have been such a pretty dress. <3
      I'm super happy you approve! Elegant and sweet was pretty much my goal.

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  12. OOOOOHHHHHHH NATALIEEEE!!!

    It is so pretty!!! I honestly love it!!! The header is LOVELY. (I do like collages, but it looks VERY professional and aghhhhh, how are you all so talented at coding and things!!! It boggles my mind!!)

    I also love the new layout and how everything is spaced... the floral background... the new icons... YOUR NEW PICTURE EEEP YOU ARE SO PRETTY!!!

    Ahem.

    Just had to flail for a bit. :)))

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    1. D'awww THANK YOU, KATE!!!

      Haha! I've only learned a VERY little about coding and such from reading posts online. But it makes me happy that you think I am talented at it. ;D

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! You are too sweet. <3

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  13. AAAAAAHHHH!!!!

    I loved "Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens," but I ALSO LIKE THIS. SO. :D

    This is a GORGEOUS do-over, Natalie! Really, REALLY well-done. The background is perfect, the title design is fabulous. And I love all your updated pages and the new profile picture (ALL THE HEARTS <3) and the sidebar and EVER'THING. :D

    Oh, and storytime: A little while ago, I tried to come here and, of course, it had the "Private" thing going on, so I low-key panicked for a minute (as did my mom, 'cause she was wanting to see, too, hehe). :D But then I thought that 1) if worst came to the worst, I'd just email you about it, and 2) you might just be overhauling your blog (since you'd mentioned you wanted to), so, yeah. :D Long boring story over. :-P

    BEAUTIFULLY, BEAUTIFULLY DONE, MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND!!! :D :D :D <3 <3 <3

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    1. THANK YOU!!!! <3

      Gahhh, your opinion makes me so happy. :') THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

      Awwww. Sorry about that! I wondered if anyone would be frightened by that! But don't worry--I'd never leave without telling y'll! Heehee. Glad you figured it out. :) *hugs* (By the way, tell your mom I said "hi!" :))

      <3 <3 <3 THANK YOU, MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND!!!

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  14. Oh!!!! Nice!! I always like your sidebar, you are so good making it! When ever I tried to find your blog I would type https://raindropsonrosesand... you get the idea. Then it would be wrong. But now I can remember it! And I like all the dashes!!

    (Haha! Mushu!)

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    1. Thank you, MC!!! (Is that okay that I say "MC"? :))

      Awwww. Thank you!!! Yes, it was rather confusing, wasn't it? I'm glad it's going to be easier to remember!!

      (Heehee! He's great. :D)

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    2. I'm perfectly fine with MC. :)

      It is! And you made your new look so pretty!!!!!!! :)

      :D

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  15. Hello! Sorry I am late in commenting! But I love your new blog look. And the header is quite lovely! :D It's always fun to switch things up, isn't it?
    How did you create your header, by the way? Did you use a program or a website? I've been looking for a new way to create headers for my own blog.
    Anyways, I hope you're having a great Fall!
    -Amaris

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    1. You're not at all late, Amaris! Thank you for commenting!! Ahhh I'm so glad you love it! Thanks!!! It is fun; I like freshening things up every once in awhile. :)
      I used this website to make my header: https://www.befunky.com/

      I used to use PicMonkey but they don't offer free editing anymore. :/ BeFunky is almost identical though, so it's a nice alternative. :)

      You too!! Thank you!

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