As you might have noticed, the blog has a new look. Initially, this change came about because for some strange reason, the text area on my old blog seemed to be squeezed to the middle of the page. Maybe it was me, but everything looked distorted and compressed. I have no idea why – I’ve never tried to learn the ‘hows and whys’ of WordPress – but I assumed that the distortion had something to do with the layout of the WordPress theme I was using – now that theme, Misty Look, served me very well over the past several years of my blogging, but I’ve always wondered why it had so much apparently wasted space on the left hand side of the page! And as I readied to raise the blog from its slumber, I swear the appearance of the page looked even more compressed – so, a switch was in order.
At the risk of having you think less of me, when I began blogging, I choose the Misty Look theme not because of any neat or sophisticated features, but because of the attractive banner picture that came by default along with that theme. Only later, did I start to learn the various features of Misty Look, none of which has ever caused me regret, except now with its apparent compressed look.
And so it was that I began to look at the many choices of themes available for consideration on WordPress (are there thousands?) – and I discovered an amazing tool on the WP theme page – in the task of considering a theme that will best fit your blog, the WP theme page includes a preview feature, and if you click preview, you immediately see your blog home page displayed under the new theme – Amazing!
Well, because of the ease of checking out a new theme on my old blog, I went through dozens – maybe more – and suddenly I realized why I should have done this when I first started blogging. On each new theme candidate, I would see at least one or two features that just weren’t right for my blog. Over and over, and over again, I saw things I just didn’t like. Slowly, I even began to recognize that a cutesy picture banner wasn’t necessarily required. And as you’ll notice here, there is nothing cutesy about this chosen theme, which BTW is called, The Journalist v1.9.
So why did I choose this theme? Well, the name itself is irresistible to those of us who like to pretend at being a writer – surely it will make me more professional. And it’s described as being a ‘minimalist’ theme, and I like to think of myself as a minimalist person (I’m still trying to decide if I’m really a minimalist, or just lazy.). I also liked the fact that it didn’t have any cutesy banner picture at all – it’s no secret that I don’t really like the picture part of blogging -but that’s not because I don’t like pictures- I love the great pics other bloggers put up – I just don’t much like the aggravation of trying to take decent photos – it’s especially disconcerting to watch your dinner get cold while you fuss with getting a proper photo – well, this theme sort of suggests to writer and reader alike that not having photos is perfectly fine (as in the case of this very post!). All those reasons and the fact that it includes all those elements I want in a blog theme, and it looks nice and clean and neat in the process.
Now if you hate it, by all means please somehow let me know – you do have a part in all this, and I appreciate your role. I do best with a straightforward 2×4 to the ear, along the lines of, ‘Doc, what were you thinking?’ Regardless of what my wife may say, my mind can be changed – this is done best by words of gentle encouragement, such as, ‘Now, you’re more intelligent than that, Doc!’ – OK, you get the idea – just don’t use any of those subtle suggestions – they go right over my head.
That banner picture on Misty Look was really nice, wasn’t it! Hummm …