From Background to Header And On

I finally did it!

That’s what I keep telling myself when I realize I finally digitally designed something as big as my blog background. I’ve watched certain members of my family create digital designs time and again and I am always amazed. But, golly, when I first picked up the Wacom ‘pen’ and started drawing, I was like, “This is going to take a looong time to get used to.”

I started with (physical) pencil sketches of the ideas I wanted to go with for my blog design just to get a solid idea established. They tell me that’s what most do anyway, start with a physical drawing and then move to digital. Either way, I used a copy of what I had already drawn and started tracing over them on another layer in Gimp. I called them practice sheets. Dare I share these beginning pictures with you?

All I really wanted was a fairly good sketch of a hedgehog so that I could take and repeat it. I fiddled around with a couple of styles and stuck with the random, gradient pattern. I could not have done it without the digital experts around here! I repeat, I could not have!! So a great thanks to their time and patience in helping me understand the workings of the digital world. Maybe someday I’ll be a pro.

What do you think about it?

I plan to follow the same method with my header. Here are the ideas I am working with:

Mushrooms for header sketch.

Hedgehog with ball of yarn for header sketch.

Since this is a little more involved than the background, I am a little nervous about how it will turn out. There’s a little part of me saying I’ll never make it look like I want it to. I guess I’ll just have to ignore it and try anyway.

In the meantime, I am working on a few smaller details in my remodeling, like creating my watermark and signature. I would like all my pictures, including past pictures, to have my watermark on them but I am afraid that will be too much of an undertaking. In fact, I dread the process. So I will most likely put them on posts from here on out.

A Little Tip

There is one thing I have learned through changing my name that has to do with purchasing the domain. I told you how I decided to go with Go Daddy despite my reserve about their dependability. I paid 99 cents for the domain, which I was very happy about, but had to pay another 7.95 for security after checking on ICANN WHOIS and realizing that all my private information was up for anyone to see. So be sure you add the privacy option when you purchase a domain, otherwise people will be able to know where you live down to the house number, among other things. It makes me angry; no one should be allowed to have that information about me, or anyone, for that matter.

Bigger Dreams

As things eventually even out here on my blog, I hope to start another blog centered on the marine world. Although NOAA’s recent work with the Okeanos Explorer in the Pacific is harder to keep up with than the previous expeditions (in light of the time difference), I have observed what I can and would love to get back into writing about it. The marine world and technology around it, simply put, fascinates me. I love being a part of it.

It may be a stretch to fit in but I will have to do what I have to do, even if it means changing my schedule again. This is just too exciting a topic to pass up.

Do you want to know something even more daring in my future plans?

I have an idea for a third blog! Totally different from the others I have mentioned, and completely fun. I can only hope that it will come about but my logical side says I will never have the time to make it work. Three blogs?! All I can say is that I will tuck it away for future consideration and hope that I’ll have the chance to give it a go.

Do you think me unreasonable? Don’t worry, I would agree. In fact, I’ve always figured one blog was enough, and frankly, couldn’t see a reason for working more than one. Just goes to show you how much a person can change. I guess.

And that does it for updates! As always, I am dying to know what you think, so don’t be a stranger and leave me a comment in the section below.

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