If you’re the sort of person who loves helping people (or issuing snappy takedowns to other opinionated types), then this is the post for YOU! Aren’t you glad you got up today? Or maybe you’re lying down. I don’t mind. I’m not positionist.
Today, as a placeholder – because I have a post I can’t release until something is confirmed which, if it ends up not being confirmed, will pretty much ruin my week and set me into a foul humour (or as we call it here, ‘a fouler’) so granular it’ll keep me in post ideas for the last quarter – I want to ask you for feedback on how I look.
(Not me, silly. The blog. If I wanted mass feedback on how I looked, I’d spend more of my life lying through my teeth.)
It’s All About That Base
I think most bloggers struggle with their themes, because approximately 2 minutes after you choose the site theme which determines your whole look, you just don’t see it any more. I’m currently using the free WordPress ‘Misty Lake’ theme, which is relatively clean, but possibly dated. I chose it because this blog is very wordy, and that theme provides large dark grey text on a white background which is easy to read.
It also allows for much widgeting in the sidebar, which to the uninitiated means I can display loads of links and badges on the side, when viewed on a regular desktop or tablet. And sometimes I display a photograph as a background, although lately I am reconsidering following one excellent comment regarding hayfever.
But there’s not much else to it. Loads of people have endlessly snazzy websites these days, full of bells and whistles and imaging and fancy backgrounds and professional-looking fonts and beauteous customised titles.
So my first question is: do you think I need it? Should I be thinking about purchasing a new theme – something smart and snazzy with a hint of cynical beauty? Or should I just stick to worrying about content?
Hit Me Baby One More Time
My second question is about click necessity – that is, how many times you’re made click, once you get here. Another reason I chose the Misty Lake theme is because the home page lists and scrolls all my posts, one after another, without having to click again in order to read or ‘Like’ any of them. I chose this because I thought if I was forcing people to jump through too many hoops to read something, or to throw me a ‘Like’, they just wouldn’t bother. However, it also means I’ve lost a big pile of hits, because every click counts as a site hit.
So my second question is: do you care whether you’re forced to click a second time in order to read a post? Does it put you off reading on further on a blog? (Or are you a closet click lover, who lives for that tappy sound and yearns for a website that forces you to click twice a second? Because there are pills for that, you know.)
Your opinion is important to us. Please vote, and comment at will. No need to be gentle, but your opinions will be tabulated and designated worthy or unworthy depending on the poll of the majority. No offence.
Did I tell you you’re looking absolutely gorgeous today?