Dot over at Deeper Issues and I must be blogging sisters as we both enjoy looking at, experimenting with and/or changing our themes.
In the beginning days of blogging, I changed the theme to this blog quite regularly, but now use my test site to play with new themes so I don’t confuse all of you by making too many changes here.
On my next project, which is STILL under construction, I’m not only getting posts written for the unveiling, but am redesigning the theme. I’ve changed colors, added widgets, created and recreated the header a half dozen times, and played with so many fonts I’ve lost count all in an attempt to get it “just right”.
Just as they say the first impression is a lasting one, the theme we use can say a lot about us and our blog.
Some choose colorful ones with photos, whereas other bloggers are sporting lots of white space.
Some have sidebars filled with ads, photos, badges and widgets. Others prefer things much more simple.
With so many blog themes to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Add to that the fact changing the code can result in an original creation, bloggers can customize their sites and make their theme a representation of who they are.
When I land on blogs, I wonder why the author chose the theme they did. Was it the color that attracted them, or the layout? Did they customize the header or did they choose to only display the name of the blog and its tag line? Does the theme represent what I’ll find in the articles? And is it a true representation of the author?
For me, I chose this theme because I can change the header image with just a few clicks. It has a “custom header” feature which allows me to download a different photo if I so desire.
Because I wanted this blog to showcase those who comment, older posts and interviews, advertisements took a back seat. (I have some in the footer).
What I’ve done may not work for others, but for this blog I feel it fits.
What about you?
Why did you choose the theme you use?
Does it fit your personality or is it time for a change?
Raise you hand and share how your blog theme was born.
P.S. The photo at the top of the post is a screenshot of this blog prior to April 2009