I must be mad!
I decided to change my theme, I don’t know why, maybe its the touch of warmth in the air, I thought I would take to blog Spring Cleaning.
My old theme was a free one, initially I loved it, however it had a swing over side bar or whatever you call it and some people did in fact miss this bit, which held details such as my other blogs, how to follow etc, so pretty important.
Have any of you recently got the bug to change themes, how did it go?
Oh my what a nightmare. So I got all excited and decided to browse through themes, the trouble with me is I love colour and something different, but as someone pointed out to me, sometimes simpler is best when trying to read a blog.
I demoed a few themes, went to the newest thinking I would be a trendsetter.
I had already gone for an upgrade so I could edit colours etc, but oh no that wasn’t enough it was a whole revamp.
So finally after much deliberation and bugging some of my fellow inmates, sorry bloggers, coughs, I made a snap decision, what a mistake. The demo looked pretty cool and I thought “I can replicate that, of course I can, non techy me.”
Upgrade of theme was in place, so lets customize it. It had what looked like a header, yet it wasn’t an actual header, it was a plain rectangle that seemingly one couldn’t change which really doesn’t go with my “I like textures and colour mentality”.
I tried to get over that and pretend to be interested in the weird way this bland grey header or non header would swing up and down as one scrolled the main text up and down, it in turn swinging my blog title up and down, surprisingly I did not find it a relaxing experience and started to feel sick.
Getting over this weird moving experience, I decided to play around with fonts, oh I made it look a little nicer and then played with colours. The thing I am finding with wordpress is basically that they all offer the same textures and colour pallettes, unless you are good with CSS or very clever in some other way that I cannot begin to imagine you still end up with limitations on what you can do.
Basically it is up to me to get more techy right?
I am standing back looking at the screen and thinking “what will my followers think of this, will it totally throw them, will they think they are on the wrong blog and go elsewhere, I can’t really afford to lose any of my lovely followers”.
So, what happens next?
I decide to look at my blog on the mobile, oh boy what a mistake. There was no blog title at all, just the horrible grey panel, it was a disaster. In my limited technical mind I could not figure out anyway to rectify that and I myself need to look at my site from my phone often enough let alone my followers.
So then we have the URGHHH moment!
Throughout this incidence or adventure, I have been irritating Victoria, a fellow inmate, sorry, blogger, I keep saying that, bad me. I was asking her numerous questions, then she tells me to log off and go for a walk as my head is spinning. So obediently I do go out in the pouring rain and book a leg wax, it seems a natural thing to do. Life is looking decidedly better at this point, I really can go with this whole “how do I make my blog look nice” issue.
I am a trained Aesthetician (Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty), and I am a Libran, who love all things beautiful, it may sound a bit shallow, but think of it on a different level. I love all things beautiful as in, the flowers in the park, the butterfly I might see, or the berry all nice, shiny and red. There you go! So as you can see, it is imperative that I get this right.
Deletion of upgrade!
Yep, the mobile issue was too much, I deleted my purchase of the theme, but “oh no, what do I do now? ” I decide to go to one of the free themes for now, the Chateaux theme.
I already have the upgrade to fiddle with colours, so I fiddle as one does.
I then upload a header of forms, but it’s not really a header, doesn’t look perfect but it gives me an idea as it has a beautiful butterfly on it.
Yes I want a nice butterfly header, so I search for one. I find one, looks lovely. Now I have to create an account to buy it, it’s pretty cheap. Account created and item purchased finally. It downloads….
Uh oh, I should have thought of this, of course I am used to JPG’s and it is a PDF…argh, can’t do anything with it.
BANGS MY HEAD AGAINST THE DESK!!
REALLY I AM SUCH A DUNCE!
Anyway so now I am back to square one again with a free theme as before, yet a different one. It looks semi decent.
So fellow bloggers and lovely followers, please excuse me if over the next few days, weeks or even months, heck maybe years you see the theme changing until I find “the perfect one!”
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