First, I am fighting for my name as search result on page one of google ( when you search for Blake James I want to show up closer to the top of the page). The old blog template I used was terrible for search engine optimization (SEO). So, I decided like a year ago that I needed to redo the design and code… and I just now got around to the rebuild.
The next reason is, that because I design websites for a living, I thought that it would probably be a good idea to have a blog that reflected SEO industry standards and was designed a little better. Let me tell you though, it is really hard to find the time to work on my own websites when business is so stinkin’ crazy. However, I guess it’s a good problem to have! In defense of all web designers out there… Don’t judge them completely based off of their website, because they might also be so stinkin’ busy that they don’t have time to work on their own sites. For example, I have been wanting to get my portfolio up on BlakeJamesDesign.com for a while now… yet, it still doesn’t really have anything up there because I JUST DON’T HAVE THE TIME!
The last reason for the rejuvenation of Blake James .com is because my wife was watching Grey’s Anatomy… which means I was really bored out of my mind! So, “Thanks, honey for providing me with the freedom and opportunity to work on my blog!” I was also sitting next to her the whole time, so that has to count for quality time together in some way or another.
Anyway, here is the redesign…. Like I said, I can barely find the time to work on my own websites. So, my new Blake James .com design is a customized, tweaked, and manipulated version of a free template ( Amphion Lite 1.7 by Towfiq I. ) downloaded from WordPress.org. I thought I would throw that out there so it didn’t appear that I was claiming full credit for the design of this template. I just thought that this free template was almost what I was looking for, and I settled in to it… with a few upgrades of my own.
Customizing themes/templates like this one, instead of creating a theme from scratch, saves a ton of headaches and time. Shoot… I design for other clients all day long and I just want to take the easy approach, for myself, for once!
If any of you, reading this post, would like me to make adjustments and customizations to an already existing site… just let me know and we can get something up and running for you at a fraction of the price of creating a template from scratch.
Also, if you hear a little voice in your head telling you to help me out, please link to my blog by copying and pasting this link Blake James Blog on your site. Or, create your own link to BlakeJames.com . Thanks for the help!