Counseling Psychologist/Spiritual Counselor
Blog- ~Positive Provocations~
I have been writing a Personal Development blog here on WordPress.com for more than a year now. When I typed that first sentence I just had such a huge grin on my face, cause although now I know quite a bit about blogging, when I started off, I was actually dumb in those regards. I remember the first time i opened my blog and published my first post, it was such a high. Even today, every time I publish a post its a huge high for me. Its hard to imagine that when Ii started blogging, I actually had no idea what a blog was. I just thought it was some odd website, and kind of an online journal.
Only after reading and researching did I realize what a powerful tool a blog can actually be. My research included reading blogs like problogger.net and Blogging for Dummies :) Surprise surprise that was the first time I actually read a book in the Dummies collection. I ain’t a dummy anymore, that much is sure. But, yes I am still learning. Everyday, I learn a new way to tweak my blog. And its so much fun! How wonderful is it that wordpress.com gives us the opportunity to have a free, let me repeat that free blog. Which is just as professional as a paid one and so much simpler to handle for people like me (technically challenged).
My biggest challenge in blogging has always been my theme.
There has always been something I wanted which my theme didn’t have. In the beginning I settled for Vigilance, cause it was simple, neat, had a custom header, customizable colors for links and background and was supposedly SEO friendly.
In time as I started using the theme and blogging more often, it started looking cramped. I had people tell me I should reduce the widgets or the font size etc. I tried but, really didn’t want to do away with anything. I used Vigilance for a whole year in fact I changed my theme only 5 days back. I was happy with Vigilance, but am happier with Inuit Types now. It fits my needs perfectly. But the transformation and the actual decision to change themes was very difficult for me. I had gotten too comfortable with Vigilance. It was my blog home. Changing a theme was like moving into a new home for me and it took some homework on my part. But thankfully for sites like onecoolsite.wordpress.com and the wordpress.com forum I managed to make a successful change.
Once you have these clear in your head, the change will come naturally. In fact it will become a necessity like in my case. My objective was to Simplify, like I am doing with my life. I am a simple gal at heart, live a simple life and believe clarity of thought comes with simplifying every aspect of your life. I live a clutter free life. Since my blog is an extension of me, its just natural for that simplification to trickle down to it too. Hence, choosing the theme.
Once you choose the theme, I followed Timethief’s sage advice and tested it on a mirror/test blog for almost a week. When i got comfortable with the look, the colors, the customizations and the feel of this new theme- I clicked ACTIVATE! A little more tweaking was required once I clicked activate, but it was just a matter of a click here or a click there. And, within half an hour of clicking Activate, my theme was customized and ready to be accepted by my readers. Yay!
I am so happy with this simplification process of my blog. It just feels right. My readers are happy with it too and have sent me thank you messages for making the change. What more can I ask for? The simple gal got her simple theme, the simplest way possible :) Thanks to Timethief and the wordpress.com forum!
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