My blog got a small face lift today. Technically, there was nothing really wrong with it before the change. I liked the theme I was using and I felt it was customized well to my needs. But I reached a point where I outgrew my blog. Yes, already.
I had ideas of what my blog needed to be until I realized what I had simply wasn’t giving readers a feel for who I am and what my blog is even about. But let’s be fair… I’m still figuring that out myself. Once upon a time, I thought I would be blogging about Doctor Who consistently until I found out that as much as I love that mad man and his blue box, it really wasn’t what was important to me.
What is important? Blogging. I know, that sounds totally ridiculous right? But that’s what’s important to me – content in general. I love to write whether it be about Time Lords or nail polish or whatever prompts me. This is a general lifestyle blog and I needed a better way to organize the content and reflect on my… wide range of content.
I felt smothered by my blog. There’s so many things that are important – so many things the blogging community as a whole is convinced that we have to have in order to really be successful. Most of it, I agree with. But how much is too much? I think I reached that limit. I found myself having to fight with a bunch of back-end coding and slip in spacers, dividers, coding for related content, links for this and that. It became confusing for me so I can just imagine how confusing and cluttered it felt for my readers.
I know, I know. This isn’t the most custom of WordPress themes. I completely admit that I saw it being utilized by someone else and I fell in love. I just happened on it when I was looking around for theme options last night and I knew I absolutely needed it. It reflects the feel I am going for – something fresh, organized, easy to read, lots of white space.
Yes, there are plenty of wonderful and completely custom blogs out there that are just… adorable. I covet them. Seriously. But I don’t feel like I can yet justify spending hundreds of dollars on working with a designer right now. My blog isn’t even a year old yet. In fact, it’s not even 6 months old.
I feel like I am still finding my space and discovering who I am as a blogger. I can’t see me spending a ton of money on something so customized, only to find that I don’t like it in 6 months and that it no longer reflects what I am doing.
I still have some work to do now that I have changed image sizes and some of my shortcodes from my last theme no longer work. It’ll get there little by little. I hope that you find the new theme more fresh, easy on the eyes and well-organized.
In case you find yourself in the same boat and you happen to like the theme I am using, I thought I’d share it with you. Maybe that seems a little strange, but as I said – my content is what’s important to me and sometimes you just need a better way to organize it.
The WordPress theme I am using is called Florence. The creator known as SoloPine has some other pretty nice themes as well.
What do you think of the new look? Do you find yourself interested in some reorganizing of your blog?