Deciding on how my blog looks

In which I CSS the hell of my site-header.

Blogging on a computer

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.

  1. I will delete a mass of posts on a whim.
  2. 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:

PIC-Old Geek Ergo Sum

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.

PIC-Purchased Themes

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.

PIC-New Geek Ergo Sum

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.

Source: Flourish

Author: Daddysaurus

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

5 thoughts on “Deciding on how my blog looks”

  1. I’m the same way. I can’t stay with the same theme for very long. I’m changing the theme on my desktop as we speak.

    But I also get the itch to move the furniture in my house around every month or so. It doesn’t have to be entire rooms… but sometimes, yes… yes it does have to be entire rooms because I just get… frustrated with how things look NOW and want them to look DIFFERENT dammit! The hubs has gotten used to coming home to a completely rearranged house. I had a boyfriend (a long time ago) that freaked out the first time I moved furniture around — he had issues with “change”. Needless to say, he didn’t last long. Ha! It’s a compulsion that will not be denied.

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  2. I’m not sure what CCS is yet argh, I know. I am new at this. I found myself irritated when I changed the blog style, the new font that came with my selection cannot be identified. I would have liked to “match” it so I could make a custom header. – In my dreams…

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    1. You can find out the font being used with Chrome. If you highlight some text and right click you get a menu that allows you to ‘inspect’ the page. This will bring up all the code for your page as well as the style.

      From this I can see that the ‘font-family’ for your:

      Heading – ‘WELCOME’ is Raleway
      Title – ‘LET THE LIGHT IN ~ REFLECTIONS . . .’ is Arvo
      Body text – Georgia/Sans-Serif

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