wordpress asks: Your houseguests will be here in two hours. Does that send a mild wave of panic over you, too?
answer: depends on the guest and what the state my kitchen is in. lol.
alas.. let’s get to the assignment
Today’s assignment: experiment with visual changes and see whether you can refine your brand further and add more dimension to your posts.
i will admit that im doing some cheating. tomorrow is a holiday, so i’ll have a day off (eeee!!! the excitement!) after a nap will be able to actually do some of the things from yesterday’s assignment.
these sort of things, if it’s going to represent me – can’t be rushed for a challenge sake. finding the right theme, font, colour, tagline, blog name is like picking wallpaper, shoes (
or bra), an appetizer ( or dessert) and a name for your child ( or pet).
it requires thought. testing it out. trying it on. sniffing it if possible.
(ooo…wordpress can you get on a scratch n sniff theme? please and thanks?)
all this is not that conducive if you work full-time during the day. (which they of course mention in the editor’s note at the bottom of the post.. which i read..after i started to type. oops)
buuuut..since i have time and i like to try to DO things i’ve been told to do.. for blogs sake – i tried out a few themes. screenshots of them are below. the caption is my thoughts on it. the best part about trying on a theme, is how quick and easy it is. hit preview, then add to the yes, no, maybe pile.
tonal – i like the colours.
quadra/circa. i like it. simple. pop of colour. titles in lower case font. a contender.
illustratr – like the size of the post. but not the title (lower caps is my thing!)
espied – almost perfect. in the top 5 for sure.
fictive – really like this one. simple but good visuals without being overwhelming.
singl. no. stay single.
sorbet. similar to one of the 1st ones. i see similarities in what im drawn to. hmm..
dusk to dawn: love the colour change! but wish font was bigger.
confit – doesn’t this go against what today’s assignment said?
ithemes: partial to this because it’s the background for one of my twitter pages. i also like the comment bubble. (i really do look at those things)
why is the title so giant? yikes! stop yelling at me!
i do like the post layout/size though.
not for me. but i’ve seen it work for another blogger201 participant!
too busy for me.
one of my biggest frustrations is the inability to customize free themes. i get that at some point, you have to pay for things – but i live in a world of free apps, free movies, free tv shows, free music.. what do you expect! LOL. i’m very particular about the fonts that i use, and know generally what i like – so playing around in a free theme to only not be able to make the changes are hurtful!
based on some recent revelations, i know that i’ll be making some investments into what i want it to look like so that it falls in line more with who i am and the image/brand i want to create.
in the meantime, i’m going to test drive one of the ones that spoke to me the most for a little bit. see how it feels and handles me.
what’s your word? any of the themes above you like better than others? skinnier posts or larger fonts? dark background or white background? so many questions! i’ll still go with the one that speaks to me the most, but we’re here for feedback right?
update: also important – hit activate instead of preview. esp if you have fonts from previous samplings save. some of the ones above that i liked were completely different once i hit activate and made it live. yikes.