Well what do you think? Poll…

How do you like the new header?

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Folks first off, I did not design the header, trust me my design skills are nowhere near that well-developed. I had this one designed by vonWaltoncreative  they do all sorts of things, from web-design, and logos to business cards. They have over 30 years of experience, and do work for John Deere, Dan Post, Laredo, Dingo, and McRae Industrial footwear brands.

Check them out vonWaltoncreative  and don’t forget to let them know that you saw their work on TheSurvivalistBlog.net

Note that they are working on several designs for the blog and we are testing to see what works and what doesn’t.

Comments

  1. M.D.,
    I like the header that’s up today.
    I know this has been something of an issue for you for a long time, and I understand the importance of an attractive and inviting home page. But…(always gonna be a but) I also think it’s important to maintain a consistent, long term identity. The “Golden Arches” are immediately recognizable because they’ve been around so long.
    It seems you’re anxious about increasing readership, and rightly so. I can’t help but believe that you’re going to realize that increase with patience and perseverance. This is the best resource I have seen for any topic I have ever tried to research. I’m not trying to pump sunshine up your skirt, just the fact as I see it.
    Personally, I’m most interested in content, which you provide extremely well, so the header debate is much ado about nothing for me. I worry that trying to attract people that think some of the previous headers have been “off-putting” are the same kind of people that don’t see anything wrong with political correctness, telling people what size soda they should drink or how many squares of toilet paper to use.
    Remember, prepping requires planning, thinking and that nasty four letter word….work. I’d bet many of those that “bounce in and out” just aren’t ready for what goes on here…..but they’ll be back in their own time. Hopefully there will still be time.

  2. farmmomwannabe says:

    Love the new banner. You must have lightened/brightened it because the view I’m getting is quite clear and professional looking. The seed packet, bungee, and fishing lure add a family-friendly, self-sufficient feel which may lessen bounces. Look forward to seeing more! I do miss the wolf, maybe you could add a wolf image in the “Subscribe to” area? You are doing a great job, MD, we appreciate your hard work.

  3. M.D.

    Your poll should have included a 3rd choice – I LOVE it!

  4. IF you move the wolf circle from the left side bottom to just under join the wolf pack I think it would look better and convey the message of what we do. It would look neater. Just an opinion.

    God bless, Linda Lou

  5. Shades of Green says:

    MD ,
    I like it alot. Very clean and neat. No one says you have to be a messy prepper.If you want them to tweak it a bit for all those who feel it is to clean, have the designer make the brown board a little more rustic , take the blue thing away and add a portion of a chicken ( live of course ) and maybe toss of sprinkle of dirt somewhere on it. Maybe this will appease them. I like it though. Wonerful job.

  6. Shades of Green says:

    MD ,
    I meant to ask you also. Whenever I post it always says my post is waiting for moderation. Does this happen with all comments? I thought I subscribed to your site . Please let me know.

  7. I don’t tend to fix things that are doing fine. New way looks nice the old way looked nice. If you have a wad of money burning a hole in your pocket and it makes you feel better MD then be proud and enjoy it. I prefer this blog stay smarter than prettier. Thanks for the good content my friend.

  8. JeffintheWest says:

    If your objective is to get people to pause for a few seconds and maybe actually click on some content, this header is more likely to do it than the last one. Plus it provides a much better graphic set in terms of the kinds of things Preppers do (seeds, compass, rope, knife, fishing lure and even woodworking!) which provides a graphic “grab” for, say, someone who likes to fish. It also de-emphasizes guns (which are tied in too many people’s minds with a lunatic fringe of uber-survivalists thanks to shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and the liberal media assault on the Second Amendment) which will thus make it less likely that the “low-information” types who only know what they’ve heard on CNN and MSNBC will exit before at least glancing at an article or two. (For the record, I do NOT believe guns or the people who use them are inherently evil, in fact, quite the reverse.)

    Finally the overall impression is one of warmth as opposed to cold (the simple difference caused by choice of colors) and it looks like you might be about to go fishing with Grandpa instead of being about to confront a wolf with your bare hands. (Though I did like the wolf, dammit. But then, I’ve always liked wolves…and at least you still have the paw-print.)

    All in all, I’d have to say it’s a very positive change with a much “friendlier” vibe, keeping in mind what you said about reducing your bounce rate.

  9. I liked the wolf too but I understand the change and the new header looks really nice.

  10. the “blue thing” is a solar panel.. LOL!

  11. MountainSurvivor says:

    M.D.,
    You had better really give this some thought. The header, though it does not display that wonderful wolf, their work truly represents everything your blog has been trying to get across since you started it. Fishing…garden…tools…rope…knife…compass…etc…everything survival…and a very nice site title with paw print right beside it. I know a good header when the professionals create one and, man, I am telling you, that won’t run off too many people and how can any down-to-earth guy or gal not feel welcome and at home with something like that. If this were my blog, I’d surely settle with it and know that I have a respectable modern everyone-friendly site.

    • MountainSurvivor,

      Thank you – those were my thoughts also when I first saw the header… And it still screams Wolf Pack with the paw print so we get the best of both worlds… The wolf header that I used for so long was a stock image off of a free header site that anyone could use and I have seen several other blogs (not survival related) using the same header.

      • If you’re wanting a wolf that is not stock… I have hundreds of wolf images that I took on a wolf photography trip. With me being a semi-professional photographer (cant make a living at it just yet, but working on it)… they are high end images. I’d donate one to the cause 😉

  12. I must say as a longtime lurker I never even noticed the change until I read the “what do you think” poll. Obviously I am here for the content not the asthetics, but yes I like it. Since I am “out of the closet” thanks to MD and so many of you for your help in my journey to provide/ protect my family.

  13. Ak cowboy says:

    It isn’t the header that makes this work. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. And last but not least is, content is why people share, recommend & and read daily.

    Keep up the good work
    We’ll keep sharing!
    Mike

  14. Lake Lili says:

    Still miss the wolf… otherwise great! Kudos to vonWalton.

  15. Soggy Prepper says:

    I love the new header, it looks terrific!
    I’m glad you kept the paw print to still reflect the wolf pack also.

  16. Encourager says:

    I had to laugh when folks said it looked like a chocolate bar. Married to a woodworker, I only saw the woodworking. I am ambivalent about the new header…just not sure. I realize all the outside edges are showing prepping areas, but it is a bit busy? It’s okay, but just okay, IMHO.

    Also, has the comment section gotten narrower? I see these dark grey areas on each side, then the ads, then the comment section. The comment section looks a bit squeezed. Maybe it is just me.

    • Encourager,

      It’s just you – LOL. The comment line are there to help make the comments and replies to those comments easier to follow…

      • Encourager says:

        Sigh, okay. Its just me…one of those days. Just glad all this rain and 55* is not 25* and all snow. It would be half way up the house by now. Crazy weather for MI.

        Hmmmm…actually the new header is growing on me…I’ve been sitting here staring at it for awhile.

        • Encourager says:

          p.s. I do like that big, burgandy button that send ya to the top! Wheeeeee~

          • HomeINsteader says:

            Stop playin’ with the buttons, Encourager. OH, wait…didn’t I just hit “Report Comment” when I wanted “Reply”?… : )

        • HomeINsteader says:

          I think we’ll be duckin’ tornadoes between tonight and tomorrow; feel better now?! ; )

          • Encourager says:

            No! Don’t need any of those tornadoes. In the next 24 hours we will go from a low of in the 50’s to in the teens. Seriously, this is gettin’ ridiculous.

            • HomeINsteader says:

              Agreed!

            • Tactical G-Ma says:

              Batten down the hatches Maties. We probably won’t see a tornado but tomorrow we are supposed to get high winds and gusts to 60mph after parts of MS and TN get twisted..Good luck and keep the faith. I will be praying for you all

            • HomeINsteader says:

              Thank you, TG-Ma; we both know the power of prayer!

  17. Nice work! The header is definitely a keeper. It reflects the purpose of this blog, and the layout for the blog is crisp and easy to navigate. I like it!

  18. It looks like the logo may have been “lightened up” a bit to make the wood grain show up more and the .net to be easier to see. Looking good brother! Looking good!!!!

  19. HomeINsteader says:

    I miss the chocolate bar. (Chuckle.)

  20. Tactical G-Ma says:

    MD,
    I like it but miss a wolf higher on the page. I especially like the tab to go to top of page.
    Keep going and you’ll be too high brow for the likes of us low lifes. Lol!
    Good job.

  21. livinglife says:

    simple, rugged, not glitzy. Perfect.

  22. I like it. Seems ever so slightly cluttered. The first thing that captured my attention, though, is it seems vaguely red, white and blue. I realize this blog is multi-national and everyone is welcome here to learn and share but the blog does originate in these United States. I appreciate the hint of patriotism.

  23. SurvivorDan says:

    Gone for a week and what happens! Thought I was on the wrong site. Not sure but I am no graphic designer either. I want whatever is good for you MD. Give er a try. Congrats on the new look.

  24. I have been reading and gleaning info from your wonderful site and great posters for months… I have learned so much, and have so much more to learn…I have decided to come out from the shadows and join y’all…I really liked the wolf, it is cunning, self-reliant, resilient, and a survivalist…I, however did not judge the site by the wolf, but by it’s excellent content… I was in no way offended by the wolf, and frankly have had enough of political correctness…If the new logo helps you, then yippee…I did like bctruckers comment about a cabin, garden, and chickens…I guess you have to keep it simple though… You have gained new people… so the bounce rate has improved.

  25. As a long time reader, I’m with those who don’t pay much attention to the header. In fact, I hadn’t noticed the changes since my eyes focus immediately on the articles. I do remember that the wolf was initially a draw for me, didn’t put me off – but I’m odd that way.
    I’m for whatever brings MD readership and keeps the site up. Encouraging folks to participate who bring knowledge and ‘out of the box’ thinking is advantageous to mission / goal of being self-sufficient.
    I do find it very community minded that MD cares what his pack thinks. It’s what brings me back here.

    Thanks, MD, for all you do – many blessings to you & yours.

  26. Mary in mn says:

    I like it. Very nice looking.
    Warm and inviting.
    I don’t see how anyone could be put off by it.
    Nice job.

  27. MD,
    I like the new one a little better,it looks more outdoorsy,less agressive,more mainstream and all-encompasing. I do love the patch with the wolf and barb wire,definitely keep that around.

  28. Pilgrimsteader says:

    I think the ‘chocolate bar’ header is impressive. It’s clean and clear, and brings in a variety of items that are part of our lifestyle.

    I am glad to see that your willing to experiment on the layout. The feedback from taking the risk will point you in right direction.

    Things I would like to see:
    -Increase the width in the body area. It will make the content a priority by emphasizing its space.
    -Increase the overall page width.
    -Change the sponsors banners to something like 250×125 (or even 100). More banners per page, and make use of added space, while cleaning up their appearance.
    -Move the ‘Popular Posts’ up top for newcomers.
    -Do away with ‘Recent Posts’ as the teaser layout shows this anyway.

    Ultimately what you do is your decision. I totally love the common sense approach, and I think that it should be emphasized. I think the changes you are making will grow the blog to the level it should be at.

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