As you have probably noticed, I have not been very active on my Grains of Sand blog in recent months. Even my Finding Frohsinn photo-a-day blog has had an extended nap. Only Flat Kathy is still sharing her fantastical adventures around the world.
The usual reasons apply:
Life just got too busy, responsibilities demanded attention, and flurries of intense work deadlines ontop of each other alternated with periods of stagnation, apathy and exhaustion. It all outweighed the longing to share photos and stories.
In addition, though, I’d become a bit bored with the whole look of my blog.
Every time I had a gap between work assignments, I’d peruse the free WordPress themes, trying out the ones that I kind-of liked, only to find that they came with limitations and problems. Many of the newer ones, like Goran, Edin, Harmonic, Hemingway Rewritten…, seem to be really BIG – large images, large font. Frustratingly, there are only a handful of ‘magazine’ style themes – unless, of course, you’re willing to buy one of the premium themes. For a while, I had the Twenty Fourteen theme active on my blog, but I didn’t like the cluttered look, and just couldn’t get the darn featured posts functionality to work. I even went back to Twenty Ten again, which had been my favourite for a long, long time.
I’m currently trying out the Expound theme, because it allows me to create a nice Front Page, where I can highlight certain categories or my favourite posts. And because I really like the Featured Posts functionality on the Blog Page; Expound also makes good use of featured images and excerpts on the Blog Page, so that it doesn’t look too cluttered and overwhelming. The downside is that my various sidebars and widgets are reduced to a single sidebar of excessive length, and that I no longer have a footer.
The problem is that, whenever you change themes, it means that a whole lot of housekeeping needs to happen too:
widgets and sidebars and footers (if you’re lucky to have footer widgets) need to be re-designed, re-created, shuffled around…
- menus may need to be reshuffled and redesigned,
- header images will need to be re-uploaded, re-sized, re-cropped,
- featured images will need to be assigned to posts that don’t yet have them,
- excerpts will have to be written for posts that you want to highlight,
- featured posts need to be tagged as such,
- workarounds have to be found for lost functionality,
- new functionality has to be identified and used properly.
As a result, my blog is currently in a bit of a mess. I reckon that most of us in the blogosphere go through these design upheavals at some stage.
So, please accept my apologies in advance for any lost links, blank posts, misaligned images, moving widgets, and general untidiness. Hopefully, it’ll all be temporary. And when it’s all nice and tidy again, I look forward to inviting my dear blogfriends around for some tea and cake – or a browse and a chat. 🙂