As I continue to travel and learn on my adventures, I would like to start blogging to capture and share my stories. The goal of this project is a design for a general blog page. The layout need not not follow standard convention (i.e. main content column, sidebar menu) - creative layout is appreciated. There should be some area though for: navigating the blog archives, small ad space, linking out to external sites (e.g. online photo album).
I would like the design of the page to convey the adventurous, worldly, random nature of my activities. I intend to make blog entries chronicling places I've traveled, lessons I've learned, and general adventurous thoughts. Many of these entires will include inline pictures.
Additionally, I would like to be able to blend in a picture from my most recent trip into a small part of the background of the site. The picture should not be the focus of the design/layout and the picture need not be show in its entirety (i.e. it doesn't have to be an empty rectangular space) - in fact, I would prefer if there were a visually aesthetic way that different images could be incorporated into the theme over time. I don't want to limit the creativity here - but as an example to attempt to convey the idea - if the header had large text, any open letters (O, P, D, B, etc) could for example "peek" through to the image behind the word. The idea would be to have a small, subtle way to change the appearance of the theme to reflect recent travel. Any such picture would likely be a city-scape skyline view or scenic panorama shot.