Thursday, March 21, 2013

My DIY gallery and a blogiversary


After five years of blogging, I finally broke down and made a DIY Gallery. It was a ton of work but not impossible to do. It's worse if you wait five years.

I made a DIY thumbnail photo gallery tutorial if you want to give it a try, complete with screen shots, code and so forth.

Thanks to Laura at Laura's Crafty Life for the html code to get me started and to Erica at Caught on a Whim for a gallery layout inspiration and for pointing me to Laura.

It's all there in a gallery now, five years of projects, no matter how poorly executed or badly photographed.

By the way, does it feel like everybody's blogs got incredibly beautiful and professional all of a sudden? I'm still in awkward blog puberty but it was worse in 6th grade . . . I mean in 2011. I think I've come so far and then you see somebody else's fabulousness. But then again, their parents probably did that science fair project for them . . . I mean, they probably paid a nice professional for a solid design.

Thank you to my loyal readers for sticking with me. All 10 of you.

16 comments:

  1. //jeny @ jenypenny.comMarch 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I am sure you mean 10,000! Your in my First Reads category on Bloglovin! I know what you mean about blogs...hard to keep up, but I come here for content not for blog design :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I am honored to be in your first reads.

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  • since 5 is my favorite and lucky number, I consider it as a milestone! congratulations!
    It takes forever to make the gallery and organized the blog, go and treat yourself with a cake !!!
    I like your blog and projects!
    d
    www.inspirationrealisation.com

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm celebrating with a bagel right now.

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  • Happy blogiversary!
    I'm on Wordpress, but I haven't experimented much with things like the gallery feature. I tend to play it very safe with posts :)

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  • Maya Topadze GriggsMarch 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Happy Blogiversary! The DIY gallery looks great. I need to do that too, thanks for the tutorial.
    Sorry, I have not been blogging and reading other blogs for awhile and still not back full force.
    I know what you mean about other blogs looking professional. I think yours looks very nice though. I wish I could pay someone to redesign my blog but as a rule I try not to spend money I don't have :)
    Speaking of professional looking photo.. love the one in this post. How did you do all white background? Looks nice :)

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    1. Hi. It's a painted wall at a community center where my in-laws were given a surprise anniversary party. Then I lightened it a bit in photoshop. I think you can get similar results with Photoscape, which is free software.

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  • Lucy at Four Walls and a RoofApril 2, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    There's a saying that content is king. Well, all the blog design in the world is no good if you don't have funny, compelling posts that keep us hooked! Fortunately, I think Bromeliad looks great - as does the new handy dandy gallery - but it's the headlines, humor and helpful hints that really keep me coming back for more. Even if I haven't commented in about 2 years, I'm still here!

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    1. Hey, nice to hear from you. Thanks for the support.

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