Well, I came through the process of revamping my blog site relatively unscathed. There are still a few little buggy things I'm working on but I was able to accomplish most of my redesign goals.
When I started my blog, I selected the black background because I liked the way pictures looked against it, but I didn't realize how difficult it is to read white text against the black background. So, my first goal in the redesign was to lighten things up. I also wanted a cleaner, sleeker look.
Additionally, I like websites and blogs that make it easy for me to share content with my friends on Facebook, Twitter or via email. I also like it when I can bookmark the site on Evernote or Delicious for later reference so it was important to me to have that functionality on my page too.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the redesign. I heard from one friend the other day via email that she had trouble leaving comments on my site. It made me wonder if others were having the same issue. Overall, I'm glad I went through the process because it was a great learning experience for me. I'm happy with the results and hope that you'll find your reading experience more pleasurable too!