Finally Finished!!!
Monday September 3, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Woohooo!!!  I finally got this site fixed the way I want it to be.  It took much longer than I expected because I got sick in the middle of working on it.  But I’m finally finished and pretty darn happy with the results!

I am still a hard core purple fan, but the purple I had previously was starting to feel a bit harsh to me.  So I used some softer tones of purple for the backgrounds and base colors in this new theme.

I was also sick of my header.  Don’t get me wrong, I really did LOVE it.  But after a few months of blogging I began to notice SEVERAL new book blogs cropping up and using my header image with maybe the skin tone changed, or them holding a computer or coffee instead of a book.  Though I contracted the artist to use one of her istock images and change it to my specifications, I guess I never thought so many others would end up using and rearranging the SAME image.  But I guess that’s the risk you take when having the artist revamp an image that they have up on istock or some such site.

So this time I hired Zoe from Chic and Sassy Designs to make a new header image.  One in the likeness of ME, and one where my lady will still be relaxing and enjoying a book.  She used a pic of myself, a real designer chair, and a pic of one of my favorite t-shirts to make my image and I couldn’t be happier.  She did an excellent job, and now I’m relieved to have a header that will be original and unique to my site, and my site ALONE!

Anywho, I checked and rechecked the site in Firefox and IE9 and got it working great in both browser, to my knowledge.  But I’d greatly appreciate it if you all would tell me if you run into any issues with the new layout so I can get it fixed ASAP…but I’m hoping it’s all good.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting my review of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, and I hope to catch up on posts I’ve missed the rest of the week.

Lastly, I again want to thank those of you who reached out to me to check on me when I disappeared.  I asked my docs what I could do to at least try to PREVENT getting pneumonia so much.  According to my hematologist in Sickle Cell patients the spleen, which regulates the immune system, can deteriorate and completely disappear as the patient gets older.  They say it’s very likely mine is gone.  They say save for washing my hands all the time, which I already do because of dialysis and whatnot, there is nothing I can do to prevent getting it.  But I’ll just pray on that and let the Lord take care of the rest cause I’m tired of stressing about it.  Thanks for hanging in there with me through it all though!

I’ll be around this week to catch up on everyone’s posts!  Hope you like my new site digs!

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Jade

Written by Jade

Jade is a book blogger from NC. In her spare time she loves to read and build and maintain websites. She has been reading since she was four and building websites since she was 16. SortofBeautiful.com was born on March 8, 2011 and is a fantastic merging of her two favorite hobbies. Enjoy your stay!

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26 Responses to “Finally Finished!!!”

  1. Yay!!!! You’re back. I’m loving the new design. It’s wonderful. I’ll be redesigning mine too in the coming month, I’m hoping it doesn’t become a big headache.

    Looking forward to your review on Fifty Shades. Welcome back!

  2. OMG! I love, love, love the new look. You are right about the header, it is totally you!!!!And I love all the purple. I can’t stop staring. It’s Sort of AWESOME! :))

  3. BookBelle says:

    It is truly beautiful, Jade. I love the softer color and it is really easy on the eyes to find and read things on here. It makes me want to start thinking of a re-do.

  4. I love love love it. SO you. Just enough change while still reminding me of you. FABULOUS!

    And good point.
    I would hate if other bloggers looked like me.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Thanks Juju! I’m happy you said that, because I was trying to keep elements of the old layout while bringing something a little new and fresh! And the duplicated header was working my nerves so it was time for change.

  5. Hi Jade, I have been so worried about you. I tried finding your email and I think I was rushing so fast I think i missed it. Anyway, I’m so glad to see you are back. I have really been worried. Then I prayed and comfort came over me and I knew you were ok. I will always keep you in my prayers and I often ask prayer warriors on our prayer call to pray for you also. I love the design. I truly love it. I’m also going to get something a bit personal too. Working with someone however I will probably bring in the new year with the complete design. Things have been hectic in personal life. have a jazz club now and ghezz its been a bit more than i thought to re-brand it. I will be posting pic’s soon.
    Take care and again i adore the page.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Hey Sidne! Thanks for stopping by! And thanks so much for the PRAYERS! It really means a lot to me that you are thinking of me and praying about my health. I really appreciate that. A Jazz club sounds AWESOME! I know it must be a lot of work, but it sounds very fun and fulfilling. Good luck with it and I’ll be looking forward to seeing your site re-design!

  6. Glad you are back ! I really liked your previous layout but I LOVE this one. She did such an amazing job with it. The colors work so well and the button is cute ! I can’t wait to see your thoughts on 50 shades

  7. WOW! I adore you’re new blog design!!! (YAY Purple!) I am looking forward to reading more of you’re awesome reviews!!! Thanks for sharing.

    SeeitORreadit

  8. Brie says:

    OMG!!! I love it!! The header is gorgeous and so cool. I can’t believe she actually drew that, I can’t even make stick figures look like stick figures 😉

    Did you do the design and colors and all that? I love everything, especially because it’s different and unique but still reminds me of the old blog. Also love the sidebar, now there’s more info and I think the content is more organized.

    I hope you feel better, it’s a struggle, but maybe now that you have decided not to stress so much about it you will feel better. I’ll keep you on my prayers and I’ll send good thoughts and energy your way.

    Congrats on the new design and keep up the good work! Woo Hoo!

    • Brie says:

      I forgot! I’m using Chrome and it works perfectly. My only advise would be to add the mobile theme so people browsing through their phones can have better access instead of spending so much time loading it.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Thanks Brie. Yes, besides the header and the base theme, I designed and coded the rest of the site. And yes I am feeling better right now. I take the good days any which way I can! Thanks for the prayers!!! I really appreciate them!

  9. Jade! Everything looks just beautiful. I love the softer purple. I’m glad you didn’t get tired of the color and get rid of it all together. I love your header too! I’m glad that it is unique to you.

    I know it is frustrating getting sick often but just know that you are in our thoughts and we are praying for you. I sincerely hope you feel better and keep feeling well for a long long time.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Thanks Alexis! Yes I love purple too much to let it go. And yes I hate being sick all the time. Especially since, compared to many other SS patients, I hardly ever used to get really sick. But I’m trying to figure out the best way to deal.

      Thanks so much for all your prayers and good thoughts. They go a long way!

  10. Erin says:

    I’m in the same boat, one day I’ll be happy with mine lol. Yours looks great, refreshing, and fun 🙂

  11. OMG!!! I love it! This is wonderful Jade. I love the new purple and the header is too cute The chair is great! I would love to have the space in my plae for one of those. A chair and bookshelf in one? Really!? I love it!

    I am always praying for you. God knows better than the doctors on all your health issues. I just pray that your health improves every single day and that mircles are manufesting in your life DAILY!!

    Glad you are back!! 🙂

    • Jade Jade says:

      Thanks Alysia! I know I’d love to have a chair like that. Kiss two birds with one stone! And thanks for the prayers! They are always needed and always appreciated!

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