The Evolution of MyHindiHeart.com

The Evolution of MyHindiHeart.com

As MyHindiHeart is undergoing some pretty big changes, I’d like to take a look at its evolution. These are my humble beginnings. When I started that blog, I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew I wanted to write. I also wanted the blog to look cool. Over time, I cared more about my writing, and a content-friendly design, rather than whether or not the blog “looked cool”.

I’ve compiled snapshots of what MyHindiHeart looked like throughout its lifespan, so far, and I’ve even included the concept design I created before I even purchased the domain name!

I designed this concept with my tablet in photoshop. You can see I was pretty carefree at the time.
I designed this concept with my tablet in photoshop. You can see I was pretty carefree at the time.

I knew that whatever the design would be, I wanted to incorporate warm colors. Orange, yellow, red… These colors represented my journey; travelling to India. These colors felt powerful, represented courage, reminded me of sunrises and sunsets. These colors also represented India’s majesty.

This was my first design. Clearly this snapshot was taken when MHH was still under development... And back when I incorporated Zelda humor into my front page.
This was my first design. Clearly this snapshot was taken when MHH was still under development… And back when I incorporated Zelda humor into my front page.

Despite my poor taste in the home page design, I knew I had found the perfect header image, when I customized a picture of the Amer Palace.

This was the next design. I had already visited India for the first time.
This was the next design. I had already visited India for the first time.
This design is nearly the same as the last. Changes were made in pages, including the message on the front page.
This design is nearly the same as the last. Changes were made in pages, including the message on the front page.
Logo, Header and Tagline
Logo, Header and Tagline

In the first few designs of MHH, I was without a logo. But I knew I wanted Lord Ganesh Ji as my logo – being an important symbol to both of us. It was Ganeshi Ji who appeared in my dream before I knew I was going to India. And so, one fine day, I had this logo designed. I also came up with a new tagline for MHH. The previous one, “Elements of Tomorrow” described the elements unknown about my future, and the mystery that represented… but it didn’t clearly define the blog itself.

This version was from around December of 2014, and hasn't changed much today.
This version was originally uploaded around September of 2014, and hasn’t changed much today.

Before I returned to India a second time, I found a content-friendly magazine style theme, and the new design was born! I love it, still. It’s professional looking, and over all very appealing to the eyes. However, it was very slow to load, and the complicated theme caused a lot of other problems on the website. Which is one reason why MHH is undergoing changes now.

Well, there’s her evolution! It’s crazy to see how far I’ve come as a writer, and how my website itself has evolved.  I hope to continue to improve MHH for myself, and for my readers.

Well, that’s all for now!

Cheers!

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4 thoughts on “The Evolution of MyHindiHeart.com

  1. Oh dear, my blog went through a lot of changes over the past 11 years. When I started blogger had this choice of 3-4 horrid layouts you could barely customise. It was frightening. I rememember choosing the Pink layout because it was the least horrible and that was the best commendation I could give it. Then I got busy and not even sure I wanted to really blog seriously in like forever. So I used to download all kind of templates and switch around, there was no logo, no brand image, nothing. When I finally figured out I was really going to be blogging seriously I got my own header, and professional looking clean theme. Then and only then did I feel like it was time to change name because after 10 years of blogging I was tired of being the expat in India blogger who tries to make everything India looks good or exotic. That is when Home Cyn Home was born. The funny thing is that some readers still want me to be that firangi who post everything Indian…ugh!

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    1. Haha oh no! I know that must be frustrating. I remember you talking about a few regular comments who always had to argue Indian culture into the conversation. That must be exhausting.
      Well, here’s to both of our transformations as writers and bloggers! ♥

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