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7 Feb 2015

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This was not a planned change. One moment I was looking at the latest Blogger templates on etsy and the next I was downloading one of them and then editing my HTML. Welcome then to the new look buynowbloglater.com! :)

If I have to rationalise the change I would give you three reasons:

1) To be more responsive - so much of my traffic comes from Smartphone visitors and although the old Blogger way was functional, it did degrade the experience.

2) To feel refreshed - ever buy workout clothes to motivate you to get off your arse? Well I think template buying also motivates blogging.

3) To reduce the clutter - I have long hated the visual noise that emanates from the sidebar. I always end up packing too much functionality and signposting there and it ends up looking cluttered and messy. A one-column template is therefore a neater solution and I have tried to integrate the elements that used to sit on the right in different ways - by placing the Instagram feed in the footer and by adding a Wishlist page in the primary navigation for example. Hopefully it feels a little cleaner.

Now I mainly wanted to write this post as a warning. I haven't made all the changes I need to yet and it is likely that over the next week things might look a bit iffy and not render perfectly. I'll be working on it :)

In the meantime I feel excited to get blogging again. That whole workout clothes analogy really is the truth. 

46 comments

  1. I love it! A bit of minimalism goes a long way xxx

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  2. Agree! Love it.

    Georgina
    foxonthehunt.com

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  3. Love the new look Laura! Excited for your posts :)

    Gillian from Glam Up Everyday x

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  4. Oh I love this Laura! :)

    Have a lovely evening, Gabriella :)

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  5. I love it so much!

    http://bedknobsandbaubles.com/

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  6. Looks wonderful! Looks amazing through my phone too.

    www.darlingdeedee.com

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  7. Looks great to me :) I wish I could have someone design my blog for me, I'm so clueless about templates etc haha
    www.kerryniamh.blogspot.com

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  8. The new look is amazing!! I especially love the way the comments are laid out!
    x x | daisydaisyxxo

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  9. Just done this with my blog too, it's like a breath of fresh air now! loving the new look <3 x

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  10. Awesome really like it! Clean and minimalistic it's beautiful xx

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  11. its beautiful. the instagram pics on the bottom are an amazing idea

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  12. Looks lovely! I feel a refresh coming on too...
    Ting | The Ting Thing

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  13. Love the new layout :) Bea x
    www.beatricelily.com

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  14. I love the new look Laura. Clean, chic and uncluttered. Well done!

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  15. Very pretty, modern and stylish just like the editor!! I look forward to more posts. And I'm so jealous that you just casually go about "doing html" ;).

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  16. This new layout looks fab! Really chic and minimal xx
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. love the new layout

    http://loveaffairwithshopping.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Cool! Anything that gets you to blog more is alright by me.

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  19. New year, new look. Fab change Laura!

    Jo of saycheesycake.blogspot.nl

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  20. I am in love with this new layout!! So simple and chic :)

    Annie Belle

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  21. I totally agree a little blog facelift can boost your motivation to blog! Love the new look x

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  22. Looks great!! x

    http://lauratalksout.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Can't go wrong with a change! I like to change mine every now and then otherwise I get bored!

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  24. This looks amazing! Great job!

    www.medicaminablog.com

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  25. I absolutely love the new design! It's so fresh & I love the responsiveness. It definitely does make it easier to navigate via a tablet.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Bloglovin’

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  26. I didn't realize it at first, As I am traveling and reading in my Smartphone, but I like the look!

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  27. I felt the exact same way when I bought my theme! It just gave me a boost of motivation.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  28. i'm loving the pretty change- especially the way it looks on mobile! new year, new look- why not? ;)

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  29. It looks great! Glad its compatible with phones too!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  30. It's look amazing! I love the new look!
    xo
    Lisa - http://whyythehellnot.blogspot.de/

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  31. looks amazing!!!! love it :) clean and simple and one column xx

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  32. It looks great! Really clean design
    -DT
    http://hereiscribble.blogspot.com

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  33. Well this looks absolutely stunning Laura! I have to say, I have blog jealousy! haha, you've definitely achieved something that looks cleaner and less cluttered and I love it!

    Lis x

    www.elisabethrilatt.com

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  34. The new layout looks fab & everything, but HELLO can we take a second to admire those nails ? A+ !
    a x


    aisforanais.blogspot.com

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  35. Love it! I like a good clean design. This looks amazing. :)

    If you allow me a piece of advice, give Disqus a try for a comment system. I'm in love with it and it's much more convenient since you receive notifications when someone answers your comment and so on!

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  36. Love the new template! I'm not so keen on the comment section but the whole page looks a lot cleaner and tidy.

    Charlotte - styleaked

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  37. Looks a lot neater and i'm loving the mobile functionality. I find the comment section slightly distracting in it's placement but overall, great theme!

    http://www.agreatperhaps.com

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  38. I have to admit I found myself blogging a whole lot more when I began purchasing templates lol. I feel like I have to show / get my money's worth.

    xo
    Maggie A
    Blog || http://bit.ly/1w3YSsZ
    Youtube || http://bit.ly/1EKB2aC

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