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Post by Mara on Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:31 am

I currently have a blogspot blog but I am not in love with it. Most of the "real" bloggers I see online use typepad. What to you guys use? Do you use a paid site?

I would love to get better at blogging but I think part of the reason I don't do it as often is I hate the way my blog looks so Im totally not motivated to post there.

If you have a blog you love did you use one of the free templates or did you design the look yourself? I have no personal skills but at this point Id be willing to spend a little $ to get it to look pretty.

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Post by Katie on Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:40 am

It really seems to me that many people have a strong preference of one over the other. I can't say because I have only used blogger & haven't found a strong reason to switch over to typepad.
Saying that, I didn't design my blog. When I decided I wanted my own look, I hired Kassie (designs by kassie) to design the graphics and format it.

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Post by asarasota on Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:06 am

I used to use Shabby Blogs, Now I just have White Space on blogspot. I'm going to purchase some Pink Paislee templates, tho...
Shabby is nice, they just retire things frequently. Lots of change.

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Post by jennaroo on Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:05 am

I use blogger,,,,,,,,,,,,,would love to blog more, like you I am usually not motivated or I don't have time.........BUT I did update mine last night!

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Post by Mara on Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:37 am

asarasota wrote:I used to use Shabby Blogs, Now I just have White Space on blogspot. I'm going to purchase some Pink Paislee templates, tho...
Shabby is nice, they just retire things frequently. Lots of change.

thanks for the info. There are several backgrounds on Shabby blogs i liked!

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Post by Mara on Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:38 am

Katie wrote:It really seems to me that many people have a strong preference of one over the other. I can't say because I have only used blogger & haven't found a strong reason to switch over to typepad.
Saying that, I didn't design my blog. When I decided I wanted my own look, I hired Kassie (designs by kassie) to design the graphics and format it.

Your blog is adorable! I may have to hire a designer eventually to get just the right look I want. In the mean time I think a quick free facelift is in order to get me back on track.

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Post by rukristin on Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:57 pm

I use blogger for now; I need to do a minor facelift again.

I need a new header; I'm just not sure how I want to do it...online or photo.


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Post by Mara on Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:02 pm

I just updated mine to a new look. It's not perfect but it's cute enough for today Smile I eventually need to fix the header so it stretches all the way across the white space. I just don't have any photo editing software here at work

New Look

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Post by datatar on Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:51 pm

I love the new look Mara!

I also use Blogger and it works for me. I have used Shabby Blogs for templates, but like Alecia mentioned, they do retire their backgrounds frequently. I'm using one of the Blogger templates for now.

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Post by scrappinjenoffive on Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:58 pm

i use Blogger for my personal blog. I have used both Blogger and Typepad for various scrappy sites, and I guess I'm just more comfortable with what I know... Blogger. Not sure I get the traffic that would neccesitate the jump to Typepad. Off to see yours, Mara!

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Post by Mara on Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:02 pm

datatar wrote:I love the new look Mara!

I also use Blogger and it works for me. I have used Shabby Blogs for templates, but like Alecia mentioned, they do retire their backgrounds frequently. I'm using one of the Blogger templates for now.

What happens when they retire it. Does that mean it won't work on your site anymore?

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Post by Katie on Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:24 pm

yep, the coding no longer works when they retire them.

your blog looks great, mara!

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Post by Mara on Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:31 pm

Katie wrote:yep, the coding no longer works when they retire them.

your blog looks great, mara!


ughhh that would drive me batty. Glad I found this other one on a different site then.

And thanks!

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Post by Mette on Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:33 pm

Love your blog Mara!

I have Blogspot and designed it with Shabby blogs.
I love to design my blog so I change it now and then! Smile

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Post by jessicabree on Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:46 pm

I love love love that Mara!

the retired images come up with a big note ON YOUR BLOG that its getting retired.
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Post by jesslcooper on Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:53 pm

I've been happy with blogspot, and I am also not getting the amount of traffic that would make me want to pay for a blog just yet. The more I learn with Blogger, the happier I am with it.
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