New Look ~ Same Blog

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Recently Betty @thegeekybibliophile gave her site a makeover. You really need to see her new look if you have not. It is stunning! I drew a lot of inspiration from her change and post. She was willing to lend some advice and I started playing with a test site.

I have been working on a new logo and contemplating my overhaul for sometime now. I love BVT, but I want something more “mature” and less busy. I use that specific word “mature” for lack of better. So with that said, I have made some changes and there might still be a few more to come. I really want to encourage each of you to give me some seriously honest feedback! Be nice, but tell me what does or doesn’t work. I want to make sure the changes still create a comfortable environment that is easy on the eyes.

Danielle ❤

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107 thoughts on “New Look ~ Same Blog

    1. Oh thank you Steph! That calms my nerves quite a bit haha. I am admittedly anxious over the process (although it does not take much with me). Being someone who struggles on the pc, I wanted to make sure it was nice and easy on the eyes. The old background was cute, but too busy.

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  1. Danielle, the header is gorgeous…so tasteful and classy with easy on the eye colors. I love the black lettering in the center. I agree with Fictionfan about the font size and yours is perfect. I also like the white background and simplicity of the look. Well done!

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              1. Yeah many complicated factors are involved for me as well. I suppose I am alright as I can be. A lot is going on.

                I broke my left leg in July and the bone is healed but the soft tissues are not so I am still wearing the boot. I start physical therapy on it next month but my boot comes off on the 27th. Other than that I have to figure some things out but yeah I’m alright. 🙂

                How are you? How is it with not blog and all? How is your family?

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                1. We are doing well. I am chugging along 🙂 Working with a rehab program for some assistance to help with hearing loss and keeping a walker now which has greatly reduced falls (love hate relationship haha). Big issue right now is fatigue and headaches with some muscular symptoms. but while it sounds like it, I am honestly not complaining. It could be much worse. I have a wonderful job and support. The family keeps me going ❤ I hope you mend soon! I just feel the soft tissue injury would be so painful. Was it from a fall?

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                  1. I am glad that you are all doing well. 🙂 Oh that is cool that there is a rehab program, I didn’t know that that was possible. Yes walkers and canes tend to have that effect with us.

                    I am so glad that you have a great job and support system. That is all we can ask for sometimes, as well as the family. I am slowly but surely mending. It is painful but it is on my left side and that side is of my body with less feeling so that is a positive!

                    It was from a fall actually. I fell down the damn stairs at my apartment. There was a piece of plastic on the stairs that I didn’t see and I slipped on it and fell, and broke my leg.

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                  2. Ouch! I do hope you heal soon. That is scary!

                    The rehab is part of a vocational program that sets goals and offers assistance to help keep me employed with my disabilities. They are assisting me with hearing devices. Which is awesome because they are over 7k! Insane huh? But I have attended rehab for the vertigo as well. They discharged me because the exercises were not effective in my case, but maybe something to look into?

                    I do hope you will keep me posted on everything! It is great to see you on and chat. Has been a while 🙂

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                  3. Thank you. Whoa ! That is a lot. So far I have gone to U of M , the Neuro department and they have done a maneuver with my head but that has not helped. Although I have not gone back to them yet because I need to set another vestibular testing appointment up but then I broke my leg so it got put on hold.

                    I need to start physical therapy on in the 2nd for my leg so I don’t know when I will get the testing done. It has all been kind of a mess. I will keep you posted though. I have missed talking to you. Our chats are nice. ☺

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  2. The new look is absolutely GORGEOUS! I’m in love with the new header graphic, it’s perfect for your blog. Clean, elegant, and colors that pop. VERY nicely done, Danielle! ❤

    And thank you for the lovely compliment. I appreciate that so much!

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  3. I love, love, love the watercolor images. The fonts and color scheme are wonderful, too. The only suggestion I have is to move the Books, Vertigo and Tea up so that the cup in the background isn’t isn’t interfering with the reading of “Vertigo”. This rocks. It will give you a blogging energy boost, too. ❤

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  4. It looks great! I love the watercolors (or the watercolor look!). They’re elegant and homey without being saccharine sweet. Are you going to have new graphics for things like reviews, too?

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  5. Watercolor is one of my favorite styles! I really like the new logo and the cursive font! 🙂
    Did you intended for ‘up’ to be all caps in Sunday Sum Up (on the graphis)? I like that graphic, too! Will you continue to have graphics in your posts? Those are a nice bit of flair.

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    1. Oh thanks for pointing that out haha. I had not realized it was! I will fix it before this next post 😉 I will have some graphics I think. I enjoy them, I just want to keep it more simplistic and easy on the eyes. So I will slowly try to make new ones.

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  6. So lovely! I adore the new look!! 💖❤💖 I keep changing mine, lol. I’m not sure I’m satisfied yet, but I’m not very patient with graphics 😂 You’re new look suits you 😊😍 Hope you are well! ❤

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      1. Thank you ❤ I’m happiest with it now than ever since I finally did sit down and make a header, etc. I was trying to chose soothing colors since with my migraines I get such worsening headaches looking at busy or bright colors. Purple is my favorite color, and that or teal is what I wanted but I haven’t found anything I liked yet in those colors 😊 It’s almost been 5 mths that I started my blog, so I’ll probably change it again at some point lol!! I’m about the same too except for having some odd/new visual blurring and hand trembling that’s happening every day along with my headaches, so I’m trying to get in with my neurologist asap. I’m not sure if it’s meds even though I haven’t changed anything or some new thing cropping up. Besides that, I’ve actually been feeling better than normal, relatively speaking lol. Pain level has been pretty low this week, so I’m enjoying that while I can 😊 Glad you’re doing well ❤

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        1. So odd that you mention the vision blurring and hand tremors. I have been suffering an increase in both of late with my frequent migraines 😦 I am sorry you are dealing with that. It makes it so much harder. I am thrilled to hear your pain level sounds more manageable this week. I pray that continues ❤

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          1. That is odd! But, and this may sound strange, it’s oddly reassuring that someone else has had that too with their migraines!! I’ve had a severe migraine every day for the past 10 days, and the symptoms started about 4 or 5 days ago. I thought it was some new symptom to go along with my fibro or maybe my thyroid levels are way off. Or worse some new autoimmune disorder. I’ve been spending about 16-18 hrs a day on my laptop for the past 4 weeks doing lesson plans, grading papers, doing HW, and this past week working on writing 60 pages worth of essays 😩😞. I’m wondering if the eyestrain is increasing my migraines because I’m definitely getting eyestrain and causing both issues. I’m sorry to hear your dealing with both issues too! It’s scary! And thank you! It’s wonderful to feel semi normal with the pain. I take advantage of it when I can since I never know when a flare up will happen. I’ll talk all the prayers I can get ❤ Sending them to you as well! 😊

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            1. I completely understand. I was order to drastically reduce screen time by the doctor. Unfortunately(like yourself), my job is remote and on the pc. My doctor was not thrilled about this but what can you do. That is why I have cut so much of my blogging. The screen really flares my symptoms up. I will be honest though. We have discussed the possibility of an underlying autoimmune disorder. We know I have the lesion, but my neuro was convinced there is autoimmune factors. He retired sadly, so I am starting from scratch. I know that probably is not reassuring, but something to keep in mind maybe?

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              1. It’s definitely hard when your job is remote as you say! Plus, I have the added screen time (eye strain/stress) of taking 4 online classes, and that amounts to about 60 to 80 hrs a week of my time a week on top of working hours online doing assignments, which there’s no way around since everything is writing intensive and turned in via pc. I haven’t seen my Neurologist since June, so he has no idea I’m teaching all online classes this semester from home, so I know he’ll be quite unhappy about the screen time at my next appt. He wanted me to file for disability and quit because my flare ups had been so severe since last Dec, so he might be glad I found a compromise but definitely will not be glad that it’s adding different physical stresses and pain since I’ve definitely had an increase in migraines since using the pc more. I’ve got a history of  severe cervicogenic headache which causes severe tingling in my scalp, neck, and arms. It feels like they’ve gone to sleep and are waking up, so like pins and needles. I have 2 bulging discs in my neck, so the terrible posture I have when being on the pc ALL day aggravates my neck and causes those headaches, which then trigger a migraine. It’s a viscious cycle. I’ve of course been researching like crazy the symptoms and it doesn’t help that
                 cervicogenic headache can cause blurred vision or that I get migraines with aura, so that can be the vision issue. Or that I haven’t had an eye exam in 8 yrs and need new glasses and am constantly squinting! I can’t even wear my glasses anymore because the RX is wrong and my vision is rubbish now, lol. Ugh! So many things!! And I’m doing hours of my work on the pc at night in the dark, which is killing my eyes..but that’s a long story! If worse comes to worse, I’ll take next semester off from school since that’s where all my screen time is going even though I’m supposed to graduate with my PhD in May. But I have a 300 of thesis to write by the end of April..that will be so much more time on the pc 😢😞

                No, I definitely consider the autoimmune factor to be a serious possibility since I already have what are considered 6 autoimmune diseases: hashimoto’s thyroiditis, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, pernicious anemia, and autoimmune atrophic gastritis. They say once you get one you are likely to get another, and that seems to be happening every year! My neuro is convinced that I have Sjorgens syndrome, but he and my rheumatologist have done all the bloodwork more than once and tested me for lupus and MS, and it’s all been negative. But I have all the symptoms of Sjorgens and some for lupus and MS, but the symptoms for all 3 overlap with fibro. They want me to have a lip biopsy since it will definitely give a diagnosis for Sjorgens, but I haven’t done it yet. I’m definitely going to ask for my ANA bloodwork to be checked again when I see my neuro. I’d like a MRI too since it’s been yrs just to make sure my brain’s still ok! MS can only be definitively diagnosed with one, so I’d feel relieved.

                I did come across that with my hashimoto’s if it’s out of whack and overactive it can cause hand tremors and mine swings from hyper to hypo quite often. I think I need those levels checked too!! One more Dr to see!! They must love me…

                I only posted to my blog once this week and I think I’m going to take a break for the rest of the month. I’ve just got so much schoolwork that will keep me on the pc, that I don’t want to be on the pc unless I have to. I’d almost rather have fibro pain than a daily migraine. A migraine really makes it hard to think and makes me so dizzy and nauseous! Fibro doesn’t do that lol.

                I’m sorry you have to start over with a new neurologist! Mine is my favorite Dr. I see him 1st for everything, lol. Then go to my other Dr’s. Then get a 2nd opinion from him 😂 If he retires, I will cry! I hope and pray you and I get all our health issues diagnosed, treated, and feel well. 💖❤ It is comforting knowing I’m not alone though in all this! Hugs!🤗🤗

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                1. Everything you say rings too true and makes me really feel for you. It is such a vicious cycle, chronic illness. Sometimes I find I am more stressed by the “possibilities” and diagnosing process than the actual symptoms. Do you ever feel that way? I literally worry myself to exhaustion and tire of tests and appointments. I am slowly learning to get out of my own head.

                  You need to go see the optometrist! Ugh all of the screen time and no current glasses. And with constant headaches. Seriously!

                  I hope the appointment on the 1st goes well ❤ I think of you often. You are certainly not alone. Please feel free to email or reach out anytime!

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                  1. Yes! I am definitely stressed about the possibilities of what I could have, especially since all the symptoms seem to overlap with one thing or another or because having autoimmune disorders increase the risk for more. And I’m the Google queen, so I’m always self diagnosing myself, which doesn’t help. I get myself so worked up thinking I have this or that. And yes, at times I feel like a pin cushion with all the blood work they do to try to figure out what is wrong or a the never ending tests. As you said, I worry myself to exhaustion and since I have anxiety disorder, I will sometimes end up having panic attacks or increased anxiety symptoms until I get answers. I just want months with no doctors and days with no medicines. I’m so glad you’re learning to get out of your own head. I need to do that. It’s so hard.

                    I know! I so badly need to see the optometrist. My husband is after me all the time, and I’ve made an appointment 2x but canceled it because I didn’t want to go to another Dr. But I really need to go. I’ll call tomorrow.

                    Thank you! I hope so too. I think of you too! ❤ Most people do not understand living with chronic pain or how it changes your life, so it’s so wonderful to connect with someone who does 💜💗 Thank you! You too!!

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                  2. I hope you were able to schedule the appointment with the optometrist ❤ I get it though about appointments. Sometimes when we are making no progress, I will tell my doctors I will come back in 2 months. I need a break. They get that, so unless I need labs for meds, etc.. it usually flies haha. ❤

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                  3. I was able to get into the optometrist but not for another 3 weeks since he is so booked. 😦 I may call back and see if I can see the other dr although I have been seeing my dr since 2001 and would feel weird not seeing him. I may just do what you do with appointments. I think I feel obligated to make them when they say “see you in 2 weeks, etc…” that I just do it even though my nerves are shot that entire time. It’s such a pain. I think they would understand. It’s not like I’m not there all the time LOL! ❤

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                  4. Well, they way I view it, my symptoms are not going anywhere and sometimes we just need some down time. I feel like the constant appointments and scans do not allow me to accept certain things. But I never put them off if it is a pressing symptom ❤

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                  5. I understand that 😦 Unless they come up with a cure for fibro my symptoms aren’t either since meds just either make them milder for a time or worsen them completely. The migraines I DID have a handle on and was only having 3-5 a month, so this is new again back to when I was having them daily…I hope that isn’t going to happen again since I would rather have any pain than daily headaches, and I had all three of my kids natural childbirth LOL. I definitely need to prioritize my appointments so I have some breathing room too so I can process everything since they tend to really stress me out. I’m there just to chit chat at times it feels like (and that is a waste of money) then for big appointments, which are unavoidable. And I feel like I’m always there about the autoimmune things, neuro things, and thyroid things and forget about the rest of my body….I do need to remember to get normal check ups too!! Hope your headaches have improved! xxx

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                  6. It is a neverending cycle for sure. I have walked away from many visits and invested a lot of money that felt pointless. I have to regroup my mindset at time and remind myself progress is slow ❤ I have a ton of pain in my hands and feet (not sure why yet) but I could not imagine fibro. You are one tough cookie. Sending all the love ❤

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  7. So sleek & so crisp! LOVE it! although I also loved it before, this is BVT 2.0 *whoop whoop* & I can see so clearly your insta & Goodreads which means? yeah, I know! I can stalk your current reads much better now! haha 🙂

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  8. I absolutely love the new clean and fresh look to your blog, Danielle. The main banner is pure genius and the new design really does convey professionalism and your poetic/beautiful personality. 😉 The new look you gave your blog makes me want to give Bookidote a new look as well now!! Hope you’re enjoying the makeover!!

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  9. I *love* the face-lift, Danielle! It feels much more you. Personally, I like the less-busy aesthetic. I’m all about solid colors and a limited pallet. I love the watercolor look, too! As I spend more time adapting to the change, I’m sure I’ll have more feedback. But right now the first reaction is VERY positive.

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      1. Oooh– I never would have considered that a blog theme update might help your eyes! That’s so smart. Was that intentional, or just a bonus of this face-lift?

        I’ll keep my mind open and let you know if I come up with any feedback! I know that I appreciate getting feedback about my blog from others– so I will certainly keep that in mind as time passes and I interact with it more. 🙂

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            1. Betty is fabulous! We didn’t really work together, but when she made her big reveal and I let her know I was on the fence, she was very quick with the support and advice ❤ She always is. And she is very tech savvy for sure! She reminded me that I could make an alternate account to test themes, etc on before actually taking the plunge. That was a life saver!

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