It’s my seventh blogiversary! Well, one of these days. I forget the exact date. Anyway, to celebrate each year, I like to do a personal sorta post, something about me that relates to reading or blogging. This year, I’ve decided to talk about some of the things on my blog, the design, why I chose the things I chose, etc. Will it actually be interesting to anyone? I don’t know, but I’m doing it anyway!
I think I always had the idea “Metaphors and Moonlight” in mind, but I waited a bit to commit to it when I first started. I chose the name because, well, I like alliteration, but also because “metaphors” represents words and books and reading and writing, and “moonlight” represents my love for the night and also has a nice sci-fi/fantasy association. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it can be hard for people to remember (Which word comes first? Which one, or both, is plural?), but I figure that’s not a huge problem with Google and bookmarks and feed readers and all that.
Originally my color scheme was black, red, and pink, simply because they’re great colors and make a great combo! But eventually I changed to this black, teal, and beige/tan color scheme. (Every color scheme I’ve used or thought about using or will use includes black because it’s a good neutral color that matches everything and also goes with the moonlight/night theme.) There are an infinite number of color schemes that can be beautiful, so when I decided to change it, I thought about the two best nights of my life and what colors I associated with them. The one that lost was going to use pink, green, and orange, all sort of neon (it’s not as bad as it sounds because they would’ve just been for links, buttons, small things), based on the night I went to Dayglow in college and spent like 4 hours dancing to techno/electronic/house/whatever music with friends and strangers, getting covered in paint. The one I ended up going with is based on another night I spent dancing, and then walking around the beach and not going to sleep until the sun came up (dark teal and beige for the water and sand). It’s the more peaceful option of the two, but who knows, I may decide to switch it up one day!
Amazingly, despite having lots of indecision about other things when I started and making quite a few changes since then, my fonts have stayed the same! That was the one thing I really wanted to get right, so I put in some time and effort to find the fonts I wanted. I wanted fonts that were pretty, that worked well together visually, and that suited the blog name I was pretty sure I was going to use (the script one goes with “metaphors” because it’s all pretty like handwriting, and the other one goes with “moonlight” because it looks cratered like the moon). Actually, the more I think about it, the more I’m not sure if I actually chose them with the blog name in mind or if that was a happy accident and something I’ve made up after the fact (if so, I did at least choose which font to use for which word based on the reasoning I gave), but it sounds nice, so let’s go with it regardless!
Something that may or may not be readily apparent about my blog is that it has A LOT of customization. Lots of coding to add features I wanted and make them exactly how I wanted them. Like the extra tags included in book reviews that give extra info, separate from the normal tags. Like the whole way book reviews are set up (I don’t use HTML for all that, I have custom fields and whatnot). Like how the Books with Disabilities list is its own entirely separate thing, not part of the main blog feed. A lot of stuff on my blog is somewhat automated (for example, I have to check the appropriate box for what series a book is in, but once I do that, it automatically displays that link in the info at the start of the review and the tags at the end, as well as the links to the reviews for other books in the same series). Honestly, I don’t know if I recommend doing things this way. I’m a perfectionist, and when I have a vision for something, I want it to be exactly that way. And I enjoy the challenge of getting an idea and then figuring out how to do it (though I do break my website A LOT, you just don’t notice because I undo it right away lol). And I’m so indecisive that I like the freedom to be able to change certain things globally, rather than having to go back and change posts individually. But doing things like this is a commitment in and of itself, and it does make certain things more complicated (especially when I changed my URL).
Nothing else about my blog design has a whole lot of meaning or thought, it’s just what I think looks pretty, and it’s changed a bit over the years. And I think the features are pretty self-explanatory. So, because I suck at wrapping up posts… I guess that’s about it!