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by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 26, 2011

[Do you see the new blog header? If not, hold down the ‘Control’ key and ‘F5’ key at the same time to refresh your page if you aren’t seeing the new header.]

When the seasons change, I’m often motivated to change as well. I purge clutter, enjoy new seasonal food kicks, and break out a to-do list before succumbing to disorganization in 3 days time. Ah, it’s great.

The other day I was reading an article about improving the appearance of a blog. It said, ‘If your website had no text at all, would people know what your blog was about?’

I imagined my blog without text. All that was left was a creepy, glow-y profile picture circa 2008. Yikes.

It was kind of like looking back on my Grade 2 picture seeing myself with a side pony tail and a scrunchie.


Oh wow. Thanks Mom?


I’d like to think this new header is clean, fresh, and seasonal. Aside from my dying basil plant, I was able to grow these vegetables in my garden this summer (the picture, however, is from 2010).

My plan is to create a new header for each season shooting local and seasonal produce. So if you hate this one, it’s only going to be around for about a month. For Fall, you’ll probably see gourds, squash, pumpkins, candy corn, apples, etc.

For Winter, you’ll probably see snow, ice, and extremely unflattering winter boots circa 1994. For Spring, dirt and mud. You get the idea.

This header was a close second with a new and improved tagline…


My third idea was a Chocolate Chunk Toffee Bar dipped into a Green Monster. It demonstrated a lovely balance of health and indulgence, but perhaps not the most photogenic header of all time.

PS- Photoshop owns my soul.


I thought it would be fun to have a discussion about blog headers today. What makes a great blog header? For bloggers: Did you design yours or have someone design it? What do you love about your header or want to change? Feel free to link to your blog in the comments.

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'Dee @ 'Dee's Garret August 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I always enjoy your photography and I love the idea of changing the blog header seasonally! My favorite restaurants change their menus to the seasons and what fresh food is available at that time, so why not one of my favorite blogs? :-)

As for my header, for years I just used the Blogger basic. I only recently added a header at all and I have zero idea if it says anything about my blog one way or another. I did it for two reasons — 1) because I was bored to tears with Blogger basic, an 2) because my friend complained that “You never post your picture on the blog!” It’s true, I don’t very often, as I hate the way I look in pictures. So I gathered up a few that I don’t abhor and turned them into a header and said “now stop complaining”.

I’m a real treat as a friend, aren’t I? :-)


Amanda August 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I love the new header! It’s so colorful and simple. I hired someone to make my header and she did an incredible shop for very little money. She was really quick and made all the changed I wanted to make sure that it was perfect. I had a hard time coming up with a layout for my header because my blog topic was shifting to two big life changes – culinary school and planning a wedding…after going to a blogging conference, I learned that my dog, Reddick, was a big start of the blog, too! Everyone was asking about him. So, he got added to the header, too…let me know what you think – P.S. – the chocolate runner up – amazing! I want chocolate now.


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Love your header (and blog in general)! So cute having Reddick on there peeking out, heh.


Amanda August 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Thanks! It’s funny how many people think I had Reddick actually pose with a chef’s hat on…oh the joys of PhotoShop!


Nicole (Mrs. Muffins) August 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I definitely think the look is a refreshing change. I recently changed my header too. I used to have a lot more going on, got bored of that and went for the really simple, clean look. But then it was *too* clean and when you opened my blog, you had no idea what it was about! So I like the food, I like the idea of the seasonal change, and as cheesy as the glowing words might be, I think this is the only case it works. Good work! xx


Kate August 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I love the idea of seasonal produce!! :) my blog header is…i dunno, I use blogspot still and am not very technology-adept, so its’ nothing special. I wish I could figure out how to get pictures up there though!


sara August 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I really like your new header. I think changing it up from time to time is a good thing! My very first header was super plain. The one I have now was done by my husband. Its not super fancy but it shows a lot of my favorite things. I kind of love it. :)


Amy @ The Whole Sweet Scoop August 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I did my header in photoshop too. Well, that’s not completely true (horrible liar), my friend helped because it’s not a program that I’m used too. And by help I really mean that I supplied the pictures and he did the whole thing haha! I meant to watch him so I could learn but his girlfriend had a big container of fudge. Haha I’m not even kidding, that’s so sad. I’m going to go hang my head in shame now. I love the new header though, it’s very appropriate! That onion is perfection!


Clare @ Fitting It All In August 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Love the new header.
Mine has no pictures…now I’m thinking that needs to change….


Carissa @ Choice Sustenance August 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm

My hubby is a whiz at photoshop and he designed mine. I think the background is good at showing what my site is about, plus its colorful and seasonal!


Emily @ Comfortable Home Life August 26, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Love the new header girlie! I LOL’d at the toffee bar dipped in the green monster — I can only imagine what that would look like! I’m sure you’d find some way to make it look appealing though. :)

I think a great blog header consists of exactly what you cited — could someone look at the header and tell what the blog is about? I designed my own header, it’s just a picture of some gnocchi I made. Yum!


Melissa August 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I just changed my header too, as in yesterday!! I love the idea of changing your header seasonally, what a great idea. Looking forward to the new pictures, yay fall!!! My favorite season!! Can you make some vegan candy corn-ish desert, that would be uh-mazing!


Sarah August 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I absolutely adore the new header! The old picture of you was super cute, but I couldn’t tell what was in the background. It was always one of those Big Mysteries.

I don’t have a custom header for my blog… just yet. I used a pre-made design. But! I have this idea where I’ll use one of those little pill boxes with the days of the week, with sequins spilling out of the Saturday compartment. Which only makes sense if you have the link:

This will also speak to how I believe sequins are addictive… and an excellent cure for most of what ails us. Call it sparkle therapy. ;)


tasha August 27, 2011 at 6:03 am

I love that idea with the sequins spilling out of Saturday! p.s. you and I have the same blog design :) The middle part- but different sides. If that makes sense. I don’t know what I’m doing in Blogger yet, either ; )


shaylyn @ temporal things August 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm

your new header is gorgeous!

i designed my own. i’ve had the same basic theme for a while i guess, but i switch up the four photos occasionally. it’s not a perfect representation of my blog (i do sometimes write about things other than food), but it’ll do.


Noelle August 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Someday when I am making more off my side “hobby” I will pay someone to do something fancy but in the meantime I try to do my best working on my own. What do you think?


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2011 at 6:35 am

I love that nice close up of the tart! You have a great colour scheme going on throughout your blog. I like how the colours you chose carry through.


Noelle August 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Thanks! :D


Kathy August 27, 2011 at 12:03 am

Haha! “Eat Chocolate”
For my header, I actually made it myself (even though it is very newbie-ish). I wish my header was bigger though >.< That's one thing I would like to change about my blog!!


Wei-Wei August 27, 2011 at 3:57 am

To be really honest with you, I loved your old header, I thought that the blue highlights in your colour scheme was really beautiful and your profile is lovely! I also really loved the font in your old header and I think that this one looks a little plain, to be honest…..

You know how you style photoshoots with other things in the background and had photos with more of a story in them? I think that your new header doesn’t tell so much of a story. Maybe you should have a photo of you harvesting your veggies :D


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

That’s a great analogy and I know exactly what you mean. I guess I’ve always felt like my header was ‘busy’ looking so I went for simple elegance in this one.
I’ll take your suggestions into account for my next one perhaps :) I guess it depends whether the text will look good over top.


Samantha August 28, 2011 at 7:58 am

I have nothing to add here, I completely agree!


Casey August 27, 2011 at 5:48 am

Pretty header! Love the idea of changing it up!
My current blog header was done by a designer and I really like it. I am sure it could be even better though but all in good time. It says what I stand for and my logo. I actually really like pics in headers as you get to instantly get a feel for the person behind the blog. I’m extremely visual though.
My blog is if you want to check it out.
Great topic!


Morgan August 27, 2011 at 6:09 am

Change is good! I like the idea of rotating out your header image. I’m looking forward to some fall food photos!

We must have been drinking the same (green) juice, because earlier this week I looked at my own blog and went, this is so not me right now! I only started blogging earlier this year, and never got around to sprucing it up at all. So I did it! And I actually just updated my blog about this.

I learned most of this stuff just messing around this week, but I made headers and sidebars and all sorts of stuff! I’m sure I’ll get bored with it soon, but I love it right now! Check it out and let me know what you think.



Sabine August 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

Hi Angela,

your new header looks great and I really like the idea to change it seasonally,
but I have to admit I was a little bit sad when I uploaded your page and the old header was gone.
I LOVED the old header.
I am reading your blog now for a while (I LOVE your blog, too :) ) and I always thought your header represented the blog very well.
You are a beautiful woman and in this one picture I really saw your glow. Just like your blog’s name says.
I remember the first time I uploaded your blog and your header caught my immediate attention. It captured me at first sight, so to say. It was like: Oh, she’s stunning and I want to “glow” like her!
I hope it doesn’t sound cheesy, but I always looked forward to read your blog every day AND to see that picture. As I said, it always inspired me to get my own glow :).

(Please excuse the mistakes I made; I am not a native speaker.)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

Thank you Sabine!


Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) August 27, 2011 at 6:58 am

Awesome new header! I think a great header is something crisp, fresh, and easy to get the point across without much thought. I also find they are dynamic over time and keeping in updated is essential!


Nicole August 27, 2011 at 7:30 am

The new header photo is very vibrant & fresh. But I will miss that stunning photo of you that was your previous banner. I didn’t think it was creepy, just for the record!


vv August 27, 2011 at 7:49 am

Love the new header!! :)


Jennifer Drummond August 27, 2011 at 8:06 am

This header is nice, but honesty I like your previous one. When you saw the one with the picture of you, you thought who is this girl? What’s she all about? Why does she glow? I was curious and so I read your story and checked out your site. The header with the veggies is nice to but it is so common, but the one with you in the header is not common, since there is only one of you.


Mel August 27, 2011 at 8:07 am

I love how fresh your new blogger head is, colourful and simple – I deteste fuss on blogs and website I love clean cut lines, simplicity and minamilist


bobbi August 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

Angela!!! i love the new header. Hubby and I have been working on mine for a while now and I can’t wait for change to, I hear ya on that!


char @ char on a mission August 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I want to create me own blog header (mine is my own creation right now), but for my next one, I’d love to improve my photoshop skills! I took one photoshop course in my first year at uni, but all that info is out the window (ie: my brain!), so I need to start fresh. I couldn’t see myself paying someone else to make a header, especially if I just take the time and proper steps to try myself!!!

I love your header ideas!! Can’t wait to see some of them in the future!


Anne Hamilton August 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

It’s funny. My husband took the picture of my blog header after a day of wine tasting in Napa. The picture was at Alpha Omega and I was feeling “tipsy”, and did what anyone who might be feeling tipsy do, cartwheels.
When I decided to start a blog about my journey to greener pastures after being diagnosed with breast cancer, at 30 years old, 8 months preggers with my third son, I came across the picture and thought it would be perfect! I am happy with it, but my blog is fairly new and I know I will be looking for a change in the future.
*Angela, I love your blog and read it daily. Your recipes, photos, and stories are a soure of inspiration. Keep doin’ what your doin’ girl!


Maria Makes Muffins August 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

My husband is an art director and designed my blog for me, along with doing a lot of the wordpress customization. I am so lucky!

I like clean and simple headers that let you know instantly what the blog is about without being cluttered or looking photoshopped together. I personally really like your new header.


Marianne August 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’m all for simple headers without a lot going on. Any pictures should just enhance the text, and the text needs to be easy to read. Your new header looks great.

I’ve never had anyone create a header for me, because I’m cheap and don’t know what I want. I actually don’t have one on my page right now, and I’m torn on weather it’s worth putting one up, or not. I feel like my front page is already very photo heavy, so adding another photo header might be too much. You can check it out here:


Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport August 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Without text I think my header says exactly what my site is all about! I have thought “if I update this one day – what will I do?” I have no idea! :) For now, it stays!

Love your new looks! It depicts this site perfectly.


Aly August 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm

First of all, I love your new header and the idea of changing seasonally. I’m all about cleaning out, organizing, and eliminating clutter too! After all, we need to make room in our lives for new and exciting things, right?

I love my header, it’s one of my favorite photos (that I actually took) but sometimes I get a little bored of it. Then again, I clearly look at it more than everyone else. It’s not completely representative of my blog either, but I think it’s such a good shot. I probably wouldn’t get bored of it if the featured image function on Wordpress would work consistently! Does anyone else have that problem??

All for feedback!


Gulcan August 28, 2011 at 7:23 am

The ‘Orange Tree (Portakal Agaci –’ was the first Turkish food blog that I have started following before OSG. One of the reason was its lovely headers which changed every season. The blogger Hatice had made her headers to Penelope Dullaghan, a great artist. Check out her illustrations, it might give you some ideas:

I think your new header is missing you! I like the colour scheme and font types, but it simply doesn’t mention about you even a tiny bit. Because your blog, apart from your lovely recipes, is based on your story/life and positivism that you bring on the blog which makes it unique among all others. It’s not only cooking but perhaps learning life through cooking and healthy living. At least this is what makes me feel about OSG..x


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

Interesting points, thank you!


Kristen, Sweetly August 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

i love the new header.

i was thinking about seasonally changing mine, as well… since my last one (up until last week) was a wine bottle and a CHRISTMAS TREE… in august. honestly, i’m not worried about that. i hung christmas lights in college and left them up all year lond.


Misty August 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

LOVE LOVE the header!


Kimberly August 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

I absolutely love checking out the headers on blogs! It’s like meeting someone for the first time – it gives you a good or bad first impression, however, with blog headers I’d say a good or great first impression! I have yet to come across a header that is not creative. Even the simple one’s leave somthing to the imagination.

I would love to have a great header for my blog (, not that I have to have one because I love it just the same, however, I would like to spice it up with my own creativity and give people a good first impression :) Alas, I am not technology savvy and I cannot afford to splurge on a header. Eventually I plan to get put a snazzy header on the old girl (blog) though :)

I love all of your creative buttons and headers! And I would have to agree that a toffee bar and a green smoothie look great separately…not so appealing dunked together I’m sure – good choice ;)


Christina August 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I’m the same way! Seasons change and it’s purge time! Spring cleaning doesn’t happen once a year over in these parts ;)

I love your new blog header! Super summery and cute! Can’t wait to see Fall’s!


Deborah August 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Great header!


Jolene ( August 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I changed my blog header once and it was a nightmare! I couldn’t get it to fit right and it took hours and hours of trying everything to get it right. Now that I have it, I don’t think I want to change it again – I am too scared!

I love your new header :-)


Paula August 30, 2011 at 8:07 am

I haven’t seen the new header until today!! I know, it’s my fault!!
I think your idea about the seasonal headers is really great, and the actual photo is really cute, and so natural and fresh!!
It invites to stay here. Don’t missinterpret me, your photo was great, you’re cute, but this so fresh vegetables are perfect for a (healthy) food blog! They say, “Here you’ll find healthy, but really delicious recipes!”.


Leslie August 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

LOVE your new header! Clean, simple but still fun!!!


Paul August 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I sort of liked the old banner on your blog since your “glow” is obvious and inspires me to improve my eating! :-)


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