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!)

Let’s Try This Theme

OK, I’ve updated to a new theme. I’m going to give it a try for a while, to see if I like it. (I do like the liberal use of FamFamFam’s Silk icons, though!)

We’ll see how I feel about it in a few days… but in the meantime, enjoy it!

Time for a new theme?

Yeah, I think it may be time for a new theme for Core Dump here.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the design I’m using now, but somehow… it seems too… bland? I’m not sure how to put it. But sometimes I look at it, and it sort of reminds me of those nasty place-holder websites you see if a domain isn’t registered yet (the ones that show results based on what you typed to get there). You’ve probably seen them before.

Anyway, when my own site gives me that sort of impression… well that’s how I know it’s time for change.

So it looks like I’ll be spending some time in the WordPress Theme Directory today. If I was a better artist, I’d do something myself, but let’s face it – I suck at art.

So, expect some changes around here pretty soon!

Beaten by Rabbits

It’s official – I’ve been beaten by my own pet rabbits.

Google Analytics just confirmed that the bun’s blog is officially more popular than my own. (Although in terms of raw numbers, my blog gets more hits, but that’s mostly just people searching for wallpapers.)

I’m crushed.

I think I may have to have a talk with the little furballs…

Away for Christmas

I’ll be away during the next week for Christmas, so don’t expect many posts (if any).

But fear not! When I return I will undoubtably have lots of fun pictures to share from the snowy land of New England. (Why did all the snow have to miss me??)