So… Here you finally have the new and improved Ella Was Here! I worked hard on the redesign for the past 2 weeks and I’m so happy to be able to show you the finished result. There are still some little improvements to be made but overall I’m quite pleased with the result. I love how versatile the homepage is and all the extra little design features the design comes with. Feel free to have a little browse around and don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below.
A new blog design
If you’ve been part of the blogger world, on twitter that is, you’ve probably seen the events regarding a well-known blog design brand unfold. If not, here’s what happened in short. A malicious coding set-up was found in a plugin required for the designs of this brand. This piece of code could cause your website to be vulnerable for outside influences. People in the industry have been advised to change their designs and remove this plugin and the accompanied design from their websites as soon as possible. Which is eventually why I was forced to change my design again, as I did have a design from that company.
I wasn’t planning on redesigning so soon as I really loved my previous design and have gone through quite a few blog meltdowns in the past few weeks. It’s not only stressful to have to deal with all of this but a blog design isn’t free and so I had to prepare for an extra gap out of my blogging budget. Luckily after days and days of searching I finally found a design I liked and with the help of my Finnish friends and the support of my fellow bloggers I managed to get a new blog design ready.
What I’ve learned
This whole ordeal made me rethink my space within the blogging world and where I want to go with my blog. I haven’t fully figured it out yet but I do want to create more of a mixture between travel and lifestyle content. I want to add more blogging related content as I’ve been thinking about doing it for a long time and never really felt like I was enough of a blogging expert to actually do so. But hey, I’m gonna do it anyway! And finally I am just gonna create what I want to create. I want to push my experiences forward and write some personal posts on Ella Was Here too. If you don’t want to read those, feel free to skip them. But of course, I hope you like the change.
I have also been working hard on my photography. I’m hoping to incorporate more of my Instagram theme into my blog and the other way around. I’ve been keeping the 2 photography styles really separate and it just isn’t working properly anymore. I was no longer excited to create new content and finally realised I was putting too much pressure on myself to create the ‘perfect blog’ which, to be honest, just doesn’t exist. But I am a perfectionist so it’s been hard to strive for anything less than perfect. And that’s something I’ll always continue to do but from now on I’ll try to be more relaxed with blogging because it should stay fun. Hmmm… I might do a more in depth post on that soon. We’ll see.
Anyway, this is what’s been going behind the scenes of Ella Was Here. I am nowhere near the only blogger going through this at the moment so if this isn’t the only blog you’re reading, I’m sure you’ve seen the events mentioned here and there. But I wanted to give you an update nevertheless. Expect more content soon as I’m already working on the next blog posts and be sure to follow Ella Was Here on other social media too if you want daily updates!