Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Teen Magazines of Yesteryear

Or more specifically the teen magazines I used to read when I was a teen. I say read, but I really just mostly scanned the pages. I used to love getting a new issue and seeing the pretty covers, all those cover lines and of course the glossy pictures inside as well.

It was different then. In the late 1990s and the early 2000s the internet was still relatively new; teen magazines were still the media outlet for teens to get all the latest fashion, tv, movie, pop culture news, and trends. Some of the magazines: Teen People, Elle Girl, Cosmogirl and Teen Vogue were even launched during this period.

Oh, how quickly things changed. More websites and blogs emerged. They provided content at usually no cost to the reader. Then there are the social media sites that gained popularity quickly among teens and they became a constant distraction. All of them were competing for the same audience and many magazines just weren't able to hold on to their readership. Most of the teen magazines in the picture have already folded. Only two are still in publication: Teen Vogue and Seventeen.

Having been a reader of these magazines, I was a little sad when I discovered most of them weren't around anymore and got a little nostalgic about them. Each magazine issue is like a little time capsule isn't it? You'd get a little window into what was relevant to that particular time: what was fashionable, what movie was coming out, who was popular and who's star was rising. I actually remember owning some of the issues pictured above, which makes me wish I kept some of those issues and in a way revisit that particular time.

Do you recognize and remember any of these teen magazines or any particular issue?

Friday, 6 May 2016

Starting and Designing a Blog When You Don't Know Much Coding

Designing My Own Blog

When I decided to start this blog I knew I was going to use Blogger as my free blogging platform. While I can hardly code beyond centralising text, I still wanted to design my own blog. To do that I needed access to the template editor, which Blogger allows.

I settled on a minimalist theme. Firstly, because I like the clean look. Secondly, it's a neutral look, and since I'm still trying to figure out what I'll be blogging about, it has a better chance of fitting in with whatever direction my blog would eventually take. Lastly, because it is minimalist, I didn't have to add fancy things that I didn't have the skill for.

As a base to work from, I used the Simple template which is one of the free templates available on the platform. Most of the changes I've made were simply removing elements from the template; from the navigation bar to the border around the page tabs. If you're looking to declutter your blog as well, here are a few blogs that have great tutorials and tips that were really helpful in helping me achieve the look I was going for:

Bloomin' Rouge - This is more of a beauty blog but it also has great blogging tips.

I got a hang of coding after a while and understood enough to go into other elements to make additional edits. There were of course many trial and errors, and while some things didn't quite work, some did. One thing to remember if you're tweaking your template is to always keep a backup. This is so that you can always go back to what it was before if you can't figure out to undo the changes you made.

Overall I like how my blog turned out. Choosing a minimalist design worked really well for me and this coding adventure was a nice little challenge. So how about you? Did you attempt to design your own blog, or make edits to your template?


Thursday, 5 May 2016

New Blog, First Post

Hello, and welcome to my new little blog.

Initially, this blog was supposed to be the new self-hosted version of my design work blog which is currently on the free WordPress platform. However, after doing the research, I didn't feel ready to manage a self-hosted blog yet, so I've simply decided to keep that blog as it is, on the free platform.

Still, I felt a desire to start a brand new blog and so here it is. I'm not quite sure yet what this blog is going to be about; most likely it'll be random musings about books, TV or anything interesting I come across. Whatever it is, I am determined to make it fun, so stay tuned.