A Blog Identity Crisis

I still can’t seem to get quite the right “look” for this website. The first theme I tried was iNove, and I liked it quite a bit – especially for it’s use of icons and the way it formatted comments. But on the other hand, the text was a bit cramped together, and in general it was a bit to “busy” – too many links all over the place for things, and it just distracted from the content.

Next (and currently) I tried the blue variation of the i20 theme. Although I’m not much of a fan of the glossy, glassy appearance, the text formatting in this theme is quite nice – just enough spacing to make it easy to read large passages of text – and there’s not too many links/icons all over the place to distract you.

As always, I’m trying to achieve an ideal balance of:

  • Simple, clean, modern style
  • Easy to read text
  • Clear structure
  • Not too distracting/flashy

Which, I should point out, is not as easy as it sounds.

I really wish I had more artistic style – maybe I would be able to make one of my own – but sadly I just don’t have that kind of talent. I’m horrible at matching colors, and althoug I can use graphics tools like Paint.NET and Photoshop, I can only manipulate existing pictures – creating new ones of my own are basically beyond me (or, when I do try to do them, they come out looking very amaturish).

So, once again, here we are – trying a new theme. I’ll give it a few days – maybe a week – and see how I feel about it. But if you see it change again, don’t be surprised. Eventually I’ll find something that “fits!” (I hope!)

By Keith Survell

Geek, professional programmer, amateur photographer, crazy rabbit guy, only slightly obsessed with cute things.