I finally got this design up! I had such a hard time designing a new layout. I started designing 2 other layouts in July but I just didn't like the end result enough to make it elystial's next main layout. I finally settled on this one. It's been a year since I've been designing and coding anything so it seriously took me a long time to re-figure out how to slice the images and code it into a table layout.
I know a lot of people have designers block a lot, but I seriously hit a wall with this whole web designing thing this summer... I seriously could not find any motivation to get started. I would browse around for inspiration and look up cool tutorials and about an hour of doing that, I get tired of looking and stop what I'm doing. That's mainly why it took me so long to update. I would only spent 2-3 hrs max looking into designs. But I know if I really put my time and effort into it, I should have been able to get this layout done in 2-3 days instead of a whole month.
I was looking through my affiliates and link exchanges, and it makes me really sad to see all the people that inspired me to get into web designing are now quitting or slowly dying. I don't think many people that go into this whole web designing world actually stay committed to it for more than a few years. It makes me wonder because this past week was the 6 year mark that I've been keeping up with graphic designing and I hit rock bottom this summer with this website and I honestly don't know how much longer I can keep up with maintaining a graphic site. It makes me so sad because I grew up doing this. This was my favorite hobby. I'm not sure how much longer I can keep up with this and I am SO sorry to my affiliates and link exchanges for being so MIA for the past year or so. I don't want to close down this site but the thought has crossed my mind multiple times this year.
Anyway... I honestly do not have any valid excuse for my absence this summer. I did have plans to be productive, but none of them really worked out. I spent most of my days catching up on tv shows.... I was suppose to volunteer at a pharmacy, but to 'volunteer' in a pharmacy is to get training to become a pharmacy technician and that's actually a legitimate paying job even though you're only being trained. But I couldn't get a job because I didn't have enough time to work. I had a summer class that ended in early July so that only left me a little less than 2 months to get a job and realistically, nobody is going to hire someone for only 2 months especially someone that isn't trained or isn't certified to be a pharm tech.
So summer is flying by. I move back to campus next week which I am excited about. I had a good long break so I'm ready to hit the books again.