You might think, who has this shiny new blog?
You might not!
When I started blogging back in 2011 I asked my writing group which platform I should choose. A couple of them had been with blogger, didn’t like it and recommended the big W.
I feel like an old man when I type this, but back in the day (you know, when I was a young lad back in 2011) you picked your theme and everything updated.
If you wanted to change your existing theme you didn’t know how things would look. You had to commit fully as the big W changed everything as soon as you clicked the button.
There was no middle ground or testing zone. After changing the theme you’d then have to fiddle about with the widgets, what was available, what to include, what to ditch. Only to decide you didn’t like the new theme and then take another hour to switch things back.
That’s my excuse for not updating the theme for the last few years anyway 🙂
I’m no technophobe. I fully embrace technology as my wife often comments on the amount of gadgets I have on the go at any one time. When I started afresh this month I thought a shiny new blog would help me forge ahead and not look back.
Imagine my surprise when I saw you could now do a “Live Preview” of how your blog, with your widgets, and menus and whatever would look like. There were 304 themes (I’m cheap so only looked at the free ones) and I took about 35 out for a test-drive.
There’s two hours I can never get back 🙂
I narrowed it down to a couple and I’ve picked the Twenty Ten theme. I know that it is not exactly new, but it was the best one I viewed that gave me everything I wanted.
I’ve finally been able to add an image to the top of the blog though I’m still deciding whether I like it or not. It also felt like the right time to remove much of the clutter.
Let me know what you think? Particularly if you find it too difficult to read or navigate.
How did you pick your blog theme? Any itchy feet to swap things around?