Obviously, if you're a long-time reader of this blog, you're looking at some changes to the layout of "After Hardship". I hope that you still can identify it as a blog you want to read.
A blog is a communication tool. Alhumdulillah, it's enabled me to reach out into the world to so many people. The extrovert in me chortles in glee over the thought!
The old look was a garden theme. When I created it, I had wanted a sense of a safe place; a secret garden. A peaceful place! A place where I could express myself but limit the scope to things that were pure, good, true and helpful. I think the old theme of orange flowers, vines and greenery helped me envision that inner hope.
However, that old look didn't really communicate my new life. I have been in Egypt for over three years now. I don't live in a garden. I live in the desert. There was a disconnect in where I was and what you were seeing.
This new look is fully connected to the place I'm in now. I've used the colors of my surroundings. I've imbibed it with the spirit of my new life. I've loaded it with pictures from my neighborhood. I've avoided tourist shots. I'm not a tourist. I'm here because I made hijrah for the sake of Allah. I wanted you to feel the vibrancy of regular life as you go through the streets. I love each picture I've taken on my sidebar. Do you like them? Do you have a favorite?
What I've eliminated are the whimsical widgets. They didn't seem to fit in with the new surroundings. I might put some back if I can find the right look. I would also be interested in hearing what you, the readers, think of that aspect. Did you use the widgets? Are there some you miss?
I also want to hear about the fonts and colors I'm using. I want this blog to look good but most importantly to be readable. Is it easy on the eyes? Is there something you'd like changed? Let me know.
Most importantly, I don't want to lose the spirit of this blog. I want it to remain a peaceful place. I want to the focus to remain on what's pure, good, true and helpful. I want to feel that as I write and hopefully you will feel it when you read.
I'm going to continue to tweak it.
I want it to be a place I'm proud of. I've built this blog and I need it to represent the best I can offer.
Thanks for your readership.
I'm looking forward to your suggestions!
Love and Light!