As I’m sure you’ve noticed, my blog changed.

Old 2Summers resized

 This is what my blog looked like yesterday. Big change today.

It’s been more than two years since I changed the design of my blog, mainly because I really liked the old design. And the last time I changed designs, in December 2011, was a very pivotal point in my life. I guess my old blog reminded me of that. I subconsciously struggled to let it go. But today was time.

My new blog header is the brain-child of Fiver Löcker. In addition to being a good friend, Fiver is one of my longest-running and most loyal blog-readers. I’ve always admired her online drawings and decided there was no better person to create the new 2Summers look.

banner for blog post

Fiver designed and drew this on her iPad. If you’d like to check out more of Fiver’s iPad drawings, visit her Tumblr feed. She also wrote a blog post about iPad drawing.

This header incorporates many of the things I love most about Joburg: boxing, minibus taxis, aloeshadedascoffee, sunsetsphotography, and of course the Joburg skyline and the Melville Cat. The banner even includes a broken iPhone, which isn’t exactly a happy thing but tells a good story.

My new image is fairly unusual in the blogosphere, I think. Most blogs are moving toward simple, minimalist designs and this is quite the opposite. That’s what I like about it. The tagline of my blog is “An American in Quirky Johannesburg”. This image is nothing if not quirky and I think it says a lot about my blog and my life. Big thanks to Fiver for working so hard and patiently enduring the endless cross-continental back-and-forth.

Now that I’ve finally taken the plunge and changed my blog, I can’t believe I waited such a long time. This is so exciting. It’s like I went shopping and bought a whole new wardrobe.

Please bear with me while I get the new blog running smoothly — it still has a few kinks and I’ll be making some more format changes. The site also seems to be loading slowly and I’m a bit concerned about that. (Please let me know if it loads slowly for you.) But I’m sure I’ll get it all worked out soon. In the meantime I’d love to hear what you think.

2summers and sun for blog

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