Beyond My Comfort Zone

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hey guys! 

It's officially 23 hours to 2015 (It's 31st  December in Malaysia!) and I spent the entire evening renovating my blog as part of my 2015 New Year Resolutions - in which I actually did it - If you are a loyal fan of my blog, you would have noticed that my blog is experiencing a sudden and drastic transformation  from a "gothic and dark" theme into, well, this. Over the years since I started blogging in 2011, I have received numerous comments complimenting me on how the readers loved the usage of dark and hauntingly beautiful backgrounds in my blog, 

particularly: 



And in 2012, I went through another "reconstruction" and managed to tone down the "gothic-feel" of my blog into something more child-like, yet still maintaining the dark and haunting feel to it, you can imagine the theme to be something out of the cartoon Coraline. (Unfortunately I did not manage to screenshot my blog before I changed it - I blame it all on the New Years Excitement!). 

So,what made me decided to make this 360 degrees turn?



I was browsing through a list of free blogger templates online - as usual, I was in the "gothic" section - because my old template was giving me problems, the threading comments malfunctioned and I could not reply to readers comments, also the pictures were all framed with thick borders that made the posts looked bulky and heavy. At some point, it has gotten really frustrating (you would be amazed at how a simple dysfunction could put off your mood for blogging), and that was when it hit me. It is time for a drastic change. 

Even though the "darkness" still has a strong appeal towards me, at the same time there was also this profound feeling of determination in my thoughts calling me to shy away from the "dark" and approach the "light". What a metaphor, and once again this is my awkward attempt to come up with a joke. Hence, I began searching for simpler, cuter and brighter coloured templates hoping to create a brand new identity for my blog, in which it has became my reason - to start anew. 

2014 has been quite a rocky year for me (and also to my country - missing planes and natural disasters occurring in a series of cascading events), and I had made a promise to myself that things will be different in 2015, I would be in a "brighter" state. I was taking the first step through reorganizing my blog, which is one of my greatest passion. Since entering university, I became distracted with other interests and overloaded with assignments that I did not managed to delve into blogging as much as I did in high school - because juggling between school and reading proved to be as hard as a mum's job - and at some point it had felt as if a part of me was missing, somehow I lost a bit of myself and I became an emotional-and-seemed-to-have-PMS-24/7 kinda girl, which was not good



And so, I thought that through a complete blog makeover, I would be able to transform my feng-shui and chase away the bad mojos. Starting afresh, starting new. To be honest, I love the new look! (but it is still in progress, apparently switching to a new template automatically deletes all my custom widgets! It will take me a while to get them right back on track. Oh! I'm creating a new blog button to go with my new look too! :D ) 

To my loyal readers who are still keeping up with me at this point, thank you so much for your support and I hope you will continue supporting me in the future! This is the first time that I had written such an honest post about my emotions, which is me walking way out of my comfort zone, and it felt really good sharing with you guys! :) 

Please do leave a comment down below on what you think of my new blog! 

Happy New Year and I wish for 2015 to be a great year for everyone! 



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  1. I like it. All the best to you Natasha. Happy New Year!

    -CB

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    1. Thank you! My best wishes to you too CB :) Have a great year ahead!

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  2. I LOVE your new blog design, Natasha! Also, thought I should let you know that I couldn't comment on another post because the CAPTCHA system (or whatever you use) wasn't letting me confirm that I was "human". Haha

    Revamping your blog is certainly a great way to start off the year! I do hope to read more personal posts from you in the future. :D

    Happy 2015!

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    1. Thank you Kat! Honestly I am not used to seeing it so "bright", but it was a great change and I love it!

      Oh :/ I hope that is fixed by now, I was tweeking my blog for the past few days to get it up and running perfectly, thank you for your feedback! I will look into it :D

      *Blushes* I rarely do this kind of post, I am more likely to insert a few personal comments when I am doing my book reviews but it's definitely something I will be doing more often! :D

      Happy 2015!

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  3. I love it! It's really pretty. I know it's really hard to pick the perfect template for our beloved blogs!
    Happy New Year!
    Lis @ The reader lines

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    1. Thank you! :D I took a long time "shopping" around for it and I'm glad I finally found one that I really love!

      Happy New Year and thanks for commenting :D

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