Blog Rehaul?

I'm considering re-formatting my blog. Otherwise, I just need to update and clean up this blog and template. I like it, but haven't touched it in over a year and it shows. I just need to sit down and re-familiarize myself with HTML and I could fix a lot of the little things that I've left alone over the years.

Wish I knew more about HTML. This is a big task for me!

What am I looking to do, you're asking?

- A cleaner look

- The stretched-out look of pictures in the rotating banner and on the post highlight has always bothered me. I don't think I know enough about code to fix this in my current template

- Be able to do fun sidebar posts of "10 unique gifts for your runner" or "10 quilting gadgets I'm loving". I think I could do this with my current template.

- Clean up my coaching and athlete tabs/pages

- Somehow have a sign up for the TNC quarterly newsletter, separate from getting my blog updates. Wonder if there's a way to post the newsletter here when I send it out... that could be something to add to the coaching tabs

- Strava gadget (follow my training). I tried adding it today but can't get it to show my RUNS instead of my RIDES. Grr.

- Link to Facebook or twitter posts?

- Create a fun "Nichole Running" header with pictures (do away with the rotating banner I currently have) - focusing on what "Nichole Running" now is: all of my running, including actual running, coaching, running around/adventures with Greta, "running" with my mental health, and then just all of the other fun-running things I like to fill my time with: crafting, quilting, house projects, eating healthy, etc. It would be a header something like this quilt blog - or this one.

- Regarding above, is there a graphic designer out there willing to help me?!? Send me a note!

- I don't know how to replace my current text in this template (Nichole's Running Journey in red cursive) with a banner or picture. I can just change the type of, and size of, text. I wonder if I could delve into HTML and figure it out... this is a likely shortcoming of my current template.

- A shop to sell TNC gear and quilting/sewing projects. Sort of my own Etsy shop. An option to take custom orders would be ideal.

- Clean up the running while pregnant tab. Add blog links, and then add a lot of the information I gathered from doctors and other high-level running friends. (Just have been lazy about it and need to get to it!)

- So much fun to scheme! Other ideas? Comment below!

Does any of this mean I need a new template? No. It's just fun to start over and start fresh sometimes! I've posted my top options here. You'll get a much better template view by clicking on the hyperlink. Please vote via a comment below!

#1: Loveria - still has the rotating pictures, but it's cleaner than my current template.

#2: Blogstar

#3. Central

#4. The Last Piece. This isn't a template, but I love the look of this blog. I can't figure out what template she is using. Help?

#5. Personal

#6. Charm

So - help! None of these are perfect, but neither is sticking with what I have. So: keep my current template and just clean up content/work with it? 

Or try something new all together? If so, which template? Are there others out there you like (please send!)?

Any ideas/suggestions/tips greatly appreciated!

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!


  1. I like the look of unfussy layouts. I vote for #6 Charm!

  2. Another option is moving to Wordpress. Does anyone have experience with that? What are the pros/cons of moving? I've heard Wordpress is a lot easier to work with and more customizeable.

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  4. Nichole ~~ check out Lindsey's site -- seems to have a lot of the features you are looking for!