Changing WordPress Themes: A Mid-Life Blog Crisis
by Guest Author Jean Chong
Periodically I am struck with guilt and worry, whenever a few new Word Press theme templates roll out. Maybe I just think one of my 2 blogs have a mid-life identity crisis. I used the same template, MistyLook for both blogs –though each blog has a different focus.
I’m worried that one of my blogs might need mid-life plastic surgery, liposuction or a good marathon jog, century bike ride to make it more arresting, noticeable. Maybe a blog should have more digital eye candy for fiddling like a charm bracelet.
I have two blogs with the first one for a company third wave cycling . The other is my personal blog, cycle write blog . The two blogs are occasionally interlinked for cross-referenced content. Cycle Write Blog was launched a month later to park my fun or non-cycling topics so content would not confuse audience of Third Wave Cycling.
After several hours of trialing over 75% of the WordPress.com themes, I returned to Mistylook theme for Cycle Write Blog. That was 4 months ago. At that time, I found a lot of other themes with fonts too small or a dark background which is not helpful to people who want to print off a blog page or two. More worrisome, I discovered some themes would require significant hours of realigning photos and text. I like embedding my photos with text either left or right justified in surrounding text and in one harmonious layout.
Since then, I have discovered Mistylook is one of the most popular Word Press themes. But who knows? Maybe by now, Mistylook’s popularity has been being outstripped by something else. After all, blogsphere changes at a steady clip with blogware enhancements, themes and simply more bloggers joining the ranks worldwide.
Meanwhile I continue to wonder a tad: If I use the same theme template, does a blog risk being boring or confused with my first blog? However, the value of a blog is not only easy, intuitive navigation and simplicity, but valuable original content. So far, the mantra– quality, fresh content is more critical than merely flipping over a new theme to keep and hold returning readers. After all, onecoolsite.wordpress.com has hardly any graphics or photos but readers are still coming regularly.
The article on Word Press theme evaluation is a good starting point. However, some Word Press bloggers become wiser after launching their baby blog. Clearly some bloggers have switched themes for a various reasons.
I want to know your blog midlife makeover story when you switched to a different theme: your trials and general tips on the switchover several months or years after your blog’s birth:
1. How much time did you spend realigning your content to fit the new theme?
2. Did you remove any large blocks of content? Give some main reasons.
3. Was your choice of switching to the new theme, at all influenced by the ease in minimal content realignment, etc.
4. What did you learn the most in the process of switching to a new theme?
5. Did you abandon a personal website for your blog? Was it the right decision?
For now, I will just waddle along in my belief or delusion, that it’s the blog content and photos that hold readers.
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