I Feel Pretty (And Confident) – My New Custom Theme

I’m sure you’ll notice (if this isn’t your first visit), that LeilaReads looks just a tiny bit different than it did a couple of weeks ago.

Here’s what you missed (don’t feel bad, you’re here now):

October 2014
October 2014

I’ve always kinda had a complex about the look of my blog.  I’ve mentioned it in a post on blog envy and on a BookBlogWriMo post.  I don’t have much design sense, and I’d really rather not spend a ton of time trying to get the site to look just right.

The result: Creative Whim to the rescue!  Ashley designed this beautiful custom theme just for me.  There’s literally nothing I can do to mess it up.  It has a handy-dandy reset button to fix any unfortunate or unintentional changes.  The theme options panel is blessedly simple.

The process was super simple.  Just over two weeks from start to install.  I filled out a form with what I wanted (or in my case a note saying I had no idea what I wanted) and some examples of sites with designs I love.  I put down a deposit and Ashley got to work.  She did six mock-ups before we got to the perfect design you see here.  Oh, and then I paid the rest of the fee, of course.  She’s also designing some other graphics for me, so there’s a whole cohesive look to the LeilaReads “brand.”

In terms of confidence alone, the custom theme is well worth it.  But I also think (and have had feedback that agrees) that the blog is more readable.  I often don’t read blogs that aren’t visually appealing.  So I wanted to make sure I wasn’t one of those.

I am just so proud of LeilaReads now.  Enjoy the pretty!

Do you have a custom theme?  Have you ever considered it?  Do you think it’s worth it?

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  1. Julie

    Yes I think your new look is quite awesome 🙂

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