Day 5: Love Your Theme
This is part of the UU Blogging Workshops’s Zero to Hero Series
Today’s assignment: try out at least three other themes — even if you’re happy with the one you have. Include at least one you would never think of using.
I’m actually going to say “no” to this prompt. I’m happy with my look and feel. While I may change it sometime at a later date, for now things are staying the same.
Back when I created WMAA, I experimented with five or six themes. It was really hard finding the right look. I wanted something minimalistic, easy to use and customizable. There are a lot of really good looking themes out there. Unfortunately, many of them wouldn’t let me change the header image or wanted me to pay to play. I have no problem paying for a good theme, especially if I were making money off the blog. But since I was new and no profit was involved, I decided to use the Twenty Ten theme. It does everything I need it to do without being too difficult to manage and it’s free!
I can see the attraction to other sites like Blogger over WordPress. In order to make WordPress really work, you need some knowledge of HTML and CSS. It’s a powerful content managed system (CMS) but there is a learning curve. If you’re not a techie, it can seem overwhelming. You don’t really need to know much to get a Blogger site up and running; you sacrifice customization for ease of use.
Which is great! There are platforms out there for everybody, regardless of tech skill. Blogging is about writing and sharing, not who is better at winning the interwebs! Sure, everybody wants their blog to look cool, sharp, and snazzy. But writing is what makes the blog shine.
And I’ll keep shining…