Muse, News and Views
I liked the magazine style format of the theme I chose and here’s an overdue public thank you to the clever, generous people who devise extraordinary templates and then let anyone play with them.
I think I like the open source philosophy behind WordPress, although I don’t really understand how they give so much away and still seem to be doing just fine, thank you very much. WordPress powers 49% of the top 100 blogs worldwide, runs 70 million websites and is thought to have earned something in the region of $45 million in 2012. So whatever they are doing seems to work on a lot of levels.
Back to my important blog decisions: why change the theme now?
I did like the look of the way it was before, but the older I get the more demanding I’ve become. I want things to be aesthetically pleasing AND do the job they are supposed to do. And the job of a blog is to communicate, share, have a conversation and I found that blogposts were dropping off the screen too quickly, ending up in the archives when they still had a kick in them. They weren’t hard to get at but it required effort (or luck) and conversations need to flow.
I probably wouldn’t have changed at all if I hadn’t come across Life as a Widower, a moving and emotionally intelligent blog written by 30 something Ben, who until last November was a happily married man with a two year old toddler. In a matter of moments his wife was killed and the axis of his world shifted.
I’ve been inspired by his blog in many ways and the style of it – the template he chose – reflects his desire to be open about his feelings and share with others in a simple, straightforward way. No talk of angels in heaven or swirly, curly script to get in the way of what he is writing about or obscure the enormity of what he has lost. You can read it HERE and it is worth reading even if you’ve never had to follow the journey he is on.
So, although the nature of this blog is very different, I’m trying out the template he chose. I like the way you can see quite a few blog posts at a glance. Do you? And I think it is easier to read. Both of these seem to be a good thing and worth the hassle of changing.
I was just playing around with how my blog might look with a make over in between moving some furniture and roasting potatoes. When I came back from burning the dinner (one job at a time, how many times do I have tell myself!) I found what I was looking at wasn’t just a preview – it had gone public. So, what the hell…
Still needs tinkering with it.
And I cannot understand why a few posts will not behave. Why, for example, will Hilary Mantle’s picture stubbornly refuse to appear in the slot made for it? I’ve tried the picture in every position, first, last, stuck in the middle of a sentence…
If you know what I’m doing wrong, do tell me.
If you’re just reading this and haven’t a clue let me know…does the blog look ok? Does it work?