If a blog should be in a constant state of change to grow and survive then mine is like Japanese Knotweed. Since I first started all those years ago on Blogger there are two constants.
- I will delete a mass of posts on a whim.
- I will endlessly messing with how my site looks.
Being an eternal tinkerer means the temptation to switch the the latest and shiniest theme is great. The one problem is that means I spend more time on how the site looks than what it contains.
Being able to have hundreds of options means I want 100 different things, and when each option only fulfills 99% of my requirements I still demand the extra 1%. I want great not just good enough.
I understand that the fonts and colours are merely flourishes to the text, but I hold a lot more stock in style than substance. I want the perfect shade of red, and everything to line up perfectly.
Still I’ve come a long way from where I began:
The funny thing about my first theme is the way I was excited by the social icons. They move’d when you hovered over them and look at all the gradients. This was the height of skeumorphism and there is a certain ‘Apple’ feel to it all.
Since then I have added and removed columns, had small and large featured images and a myriad (pro) of fonts. There are a number of discarded themes sitting in my library.
This restlessness frustrates Mrs G, who suggests rather than deleting posts, changing colours, renaming posts, altering tags and anything else that is cosmetic I should just sit down and write.
But I work in digital marketing, and know that small changes can lead to much bigger things. It’s why Google and Facebook are always experimenting on us. They subtly change colours and shapes and it is all designed to increase user interaction. Maybe that’s what I’m doing?
It’s not. I just like messing around. Being computer literate does not mean I’m a coder. The world of HTML and CSS is still foreign to me, but messing around with the formatting is my way of learning. I now know what hover does (and can use it to make 3D buttons) as well as adding icons and fixed headers (all things I have done to the Twenty Sixteen template). This is all information I can now use in my day job, it’s like it was a good thing.
Now things are looking like I want I can move on to the next step, changing all the tags (as well as checking all my title capitalisation). The changes will continue until it is all done. Often that means destruction.
I don’t want everything to be great, I don’t want it to be perfect. I want flaws and problems and the challenge of meeting them head on. Once my blog is where I want it to be then I will weep for I will have no more to post.
How it looks may be the final flourish, but with a flourish it can all be gone again.