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

A geek, programmer, amateur photographer, anime fan and crazy rabbit person.