El Taco Makeover

I have no idea why it took me years to start blogging. I truly enjoy it. Blogging is such a great way to organize your thoughts, reflect, and track progress.

So, I’ve been looking into giving El Taco a makeover. A present for the 100th post, perhaps? Here are some ideas:

  • Purchasing our own .com. It’s only $17 per year but I have been putting it off since I wasn’t sure if I was committed or not.
  • Custom graphics. I was really into web design when I was in high school. I had a website, designed my own graphics, and even coded my own HTML. I stopped after high school and forgot everything. I’m too lazy to learn and have since lost my passion for graphic design, so I’ve been browsing Etsy for designers. Three issues: 1) It’s pricey. Most designers charge anywhere from $175 to $650 for a custom design. Since I’m hesitant to spend $17, I’m definitely not going to pull the trigger on this until I’m sure; 2) I’m not sure what I want. Definitely something clean, bright, and fun. I also need a crisp serif font. Yes, need :-); 3) Once I get started, I have to stick with it. What if the designer and I just can’t make it work?
  • Buying a WordPress Premium template. It’s not original and they only have 20, but one did catch my eye and it was modestly priced at $75. Kind of like a starter home for El Taco?
  • A fancy camera for fancy pictures. When I first started blogging, I totally didn’t care about grainy iPhone pictures that were uncropped and unrefined. All of a sudden, I do care. I didn’t think we’d need a fancy cam until FB’s debut but this might be the first change to be implemented…

This might get pricey.

  • Our own .com = $17
  • Custom graphics = $225
  • Fancy camera = $1000 (obviously not only used for blogging, but it was the impetus behind it)

Grand total = $1,232… 😯

For now, I’m going to keep researching designers until I see something I love. Despite my annoyingly type-A personality, I really relish the fact that El Taco isn’t perfectly polished – the journey is where all the fun is.

Some readers (all three of you!) expressed some disappointment when I stopped addressing every post to FB. I don’t think I’m deviating from my original idea of writing letters to our FB but rather I’m growing. Ultimately, this blog is for FB. Everything ST and I do is for FB. I always think about the possibility that we might die before FB knows us and this blog will be part of our legacy. I’m morbid, I know. If my mom read what I just wrote, she’d probably smack me or give me a stern, mean look. She hates it when I talk about death. But it could happen. Everything I post in El Taco falls into one or both of two categories: 1) It’s interesting to us and 2) We think it might be interesting to FB.

ST is not so happy about me spending $232 (design + domain) on what I can get for free. I can’t really justify it either, but I really want to make El Taco more us. We’ll see if I can work my magic and convince him it’ll be a worthy investment.

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About elbrooklyntaco

I'm a lover of urban living, thriftiness, and blogs! The concept behind this blog is to document the growth of our family and our adventures living in the concrete jungle of Brooklyn.

2 responses to “El Taco Makeover

  1. Hello,

    I was a bit reluctant myself to buy a .com but was able to get one for 1.99 for the year. I would suggest going onto dealnews.com and look up sales for domains. You might be able to find a coupon code that you can use to buy your .com. As for design I designed my site using weebly (free). I dont know how it would work for wordpress but you may want to check it out. My site is http://www.sunkissedcrochet.com in case you want to check what I was able to get for 1.99 a year.

    Hope this helps.. And congrats on your blog

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