Have you seen the TV show “House Hunters” (on HGTV)?
It’s about home buyers who choose a new house (edited down to three for the show). At the end they say why they picked the one they did. Fast forward a few months, and the show concludes with the homeowners in their newly decorated house. It’s one of the shows that doesn’t need your complete attention, but I like to watch the ending (for decorating ideas).
Blogs are much like that.
I remember when I was picking out a blog theme/template. I couldn’t decided, so I picked a simple one. Shortly thereafter, I changed it. Then I changed it again, and again, and again…. It’s a good thing they were free.
It was a tough decision. Did I want two columns or three? A picture in the header, or not? What color did I want? What size font did it have? I felt like a home buyer trying to find “my dream house”.
With our blogs being “our home in blogosphere”, we want them to be “just right”; a reflection of who we are. We decorate the header, footer, sidebars, add pictures, podcasts, Flickr photo streams and more. We then open our “front door” and invite people in.
The “decorating” process is actually never ending, and like in the real world, we sometimes move (to another theme).
I often look at a blog and wonder why the author chose their theme? Was it the color? The format? The ease of use? Is this truly a reflection of the author?
When I think back, I picked themes because they reflected my thoughts/feelings at THAT point in time.
For my Observation Mountain blog, I tried every theme that had mountains on it. For this one, I tried some with typewriters (anyone remember those?).
Now, both blogs have been simplified, reflecting how I strive to live my personal life.
Soon, I’ll be moving again (to a new theme), but it too, will be simple.
Why did you choose the theme you’re currently using?
Have you ever changed your theme?
Will you be “moving” soon?
As a reminder, tomorrow will be the second edition of my Monthly Mini Meme (MMM). Think of a random fact about yourself you would like to share with the BWAB community in tomorrows comment section
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