Saturday, August 29, 2015

Day 971: Wayback Machine

I've recently started a second on-campus job, which means a couple of things. First and foremost, I have even less time to get everything done, although somehow I manage it all, but secondly, and more importantly for this blog post, I attended a training session for the website program we use on campus for our college website. In this training session, the instructor used Wayback Machine to show me what the website looked like before the integration to the new site that's been going on for about three years now, and it occurred to me that I honestly don't remember what Everyday Disney looked like even last year, much less in 2013. So I headed over to Wayback Machine to see what the history of my blog looked like, and I was sort of amazed at the similarities and differences between the versions!

As you may know if you're been a long time reader, I update the main design of Everyday Disney once a year, at the beginning of the year. But before we get into the changes, let's look back to what it looked like in 2013!

Because it's sort of difficult to get the entire blog in one shot, I only took pictures of the top, but you get the idea. This screenshot, from October of 2013, was right around the time of some of my all time favorite blog posts, and features the original header for the website. I can't even express to you how much time I've spent over the years arranging and rearranging that header for various projects. This Version 1 header was focused mainly on the blue, grey, and green theme that you can still find throughout the rest of the site. And over on the left side bar, you can find the Version 2 Social Media icons created for the blog. I updated them after creating the Everyday Disney Facebook page, but an earlier version was on the blog before that!

2014's theme was a lot more like what you see on the blog today, although it definitely is an inbetween version. The header featured the two years of the blog to celebrate two years of blogging, an element I ultimately took away in 2015 in favor of extended word use to fill up the space. This Version 2 header does, however, bring in the new color scheme that I've fallen into over the past couple of years. While still matching the color theme on the rest of the blog, this new header brought more life to the page! And of course, you can see another generation of the social media icons over on the side.

And finally we hae the blog as it appears today. Like I said, the header became more block like as I got rid of the years in favor of the extended words, and underneath I incorporated a live feed that links up with my Instagram to help celebrate as I work on my #EverydayDisneyChallenge! 2015 is all about sharing our love of Disney through pictures, so in addition to that I've incorporated two new pages, both of which you can access from the side bar. Not visable, but obviously right there if you're looking to the side of this post, you can find the new social media icons as well, which match up in the watercolor style with the page links.

Ultimately, however, I did find it interesting to see that the fonts and post headers have stayed the same throughout. As often as I'm on here working on a blog post, I rarely change or update the design itself, largely leaving that to the end of the year updates. I do, on occasion, recreate the social media links or pages, but otherwise I try to keep it consistant. After all, what really matters here is our love of Disney!

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on September 19 due to a tight schedule).