Almost a year ago, I started this blog on a whim when I had some extra time on my hands during a vacation (a rare occurrence indeed, let me tell you). I nearly stopped after just a few weeks, as you can see from my lack of posts in February, thinking it wasn’t worth the time and effort. But with some encouragement from my family I kept going and have enjoyed it more and more. I like the challenging mental exercise of formulating my thoughts about books, and the chance to connect with others who share my love of reading. To anyone who happens to actually be reading this, thank you! It means so much to me that you spend some time visiting my little blog. I hope you’ll say hello in the comments.
Since I will most likely continue blogging for at least another year, it seems a good moment to give ECBR a more polished appearance for myself and others to enjoy. When I looked for designers, I found Stephanie of New Chapter Designs through the Book Blogging directory, and then discovered that she had designed River City Reading, one of my favorite blogs in terms of both looks and content. I liked Stephanie’s portfolio and found her prices very reasonable, so I signed up.
Stephanie was so great to work with — very helpful, accommodating, and professional, with a real artistic sensibility as well as technical skills. From my vague indications she delivered a design concept that only needed a bit of tweaking to make it perfect, and all along the way she was patient with my questions and requests. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants a fresh, one-of-a-kind blog design that doesn’t break the bank. Here’s a recent interview with Stephanie at Nose Graze that gives a glimpse into her life and work.
Let me know what you think about the new look! Do you have any thoughts or wishes for ECBR as it enters its second year?