Bloody hell, this took me so much longer than I expected it to.
Blogger gives us a range of basic templates. And then, if you know a bit about html code, you can go in and customise them too.
But more and more I've noticed some really fancy looking blogs out there. And I think it was probably Sang Lee (Yellow Son)'s blog that finally got me thinking it was time to pull the stops out and create something, er... creative - or at least something more reflecting the kind of person I am.
So over the past few weeks I've been looking at various free blog templates and been frustrated that I haven't been able to find EXACTLY the one I wanted.
This is, of course, because no one has designed one specifically wth me in mind.
The obvious solution was to take an existing one that was kind of close to what I wanted, then modify it (this was the one I started with).
These things are never as straightforward as you think they are going to be. The background doesn't line up with the foreground; the title disappears behind the post-it note; the date of the post appears in the wrong box.
And then when I've finally got everything working, I don't like that photo here, so want to move it there instead (not to mention the fact I've lost the little pencil icon that allows me to quick-edit blog posts).
The best part of 20 man-hours of work later and I've finally got something I think works.
Of course if my visitor stats take a nose dive in the next few days I'll have to conclude my taste in blog design is not necessarily that of anyone elses...