I have used WordPress for a month now and I change my theme every week. I am looking for something that understands my need for space and expressing myself but so far I have only found the selfish themes that are not willing to change. I have had several one-week stands but I’m ready to enter into something that can lasts for several months. I know you shouldn’t date potential but there are only 79 themes to choose from.
I started with DePo Masthead. I loved that it was different and we had so much in common. However, after I wrote more than three posts readers had to read the archives to see the other posts. I loved that you could add widgets like twitter and the subscribe button but there was no reason to look further because all the information was right there. The most appealing aspect was the clean design.
After examining my stats, I wanted people to explore the site and look at more than the home page.
The challenging boyfriend: Hemingway was my next victim. I love that it’s split horizontally and you see everything the page has to offer without scrolling. Since it shows the first few lines of your most recent posts, it challenged me to write better intros and change my titles to something that people would want to click on. It turns out that this was the “boyfriend everyone hated”. I loved it but my friends weren’t too excited about it. It was “too clean”. Readers who know me suggested that I find something that fit my personality.
At this point, I liked seeing post in their entirety as well as having a clean look but I still needed something to express my creativity. I went through an experimenting phrase where I tried any and everything hoping to find something I truly enjoyed.
Monotone was my fondest experiment because the colors of the page change to match your photos but it requires that you add a photo to each post. I have no wish to do that so this wasn’t the theme for me but I do love the idea of different page colors.
Vigilance is my latest ex-theme. It is the most customizable theme I’ve used so far. You are able to hand-pick all the colors to the background and links. It works well with Typekit and you can add your own header. Others liked this theme more than I did which brings me to my most current theme: Andreas.
As I type this, I already know there will be another blog change in the future. I can’t keep going through the motions and acting like everything is okay each time my heart gets broken. I am tired of making sacrifices and changing myself to accommodate these themes. I want to do things my way… is that asking too much?