I don’t like the way my blog looks
When I first moved from my free hosting on wordpress.com to paid hosting with dreamhost I did so in order to be able to creativly control the look and feel of my blog and owning my own domain was just an added plus. I probably could’ve just paid to upgrade the options from wordpress.com, but it just isn’t financially wise when it’s cheaper to buy the domain & hosting independantly.
When I first set up my blog I was madly in love with my theme. The grungey feel is definitely ‘ME’ and the pink & black rocks too… but I don’t like it much anymore. At times it even stops me from blogging as I can’t always be bothered going and finding an appropriate image to have displayed on the main, magazine style front page.
I’ve searched high and low for other themes that suit my blog. One that fits both my personality as well as the subject matter whilst presenting a professional image – which is one of my big issues with this theme – It’s gone beyond grunge and into total pig sty territory. The way the boxes don’t line up and is just all screwy. I have found other theme’s that I like, even a few that come close to being absolutely perfect… but when another, much more prominent sex blogger starts using that theme it gets knocked out of the running.
So I’ve come to a point where I’m just going to have to create my own theme, maybe not from complete scratch, but very close to that. I found a theme with a structure I like, I’ve stripped the guts out of it. Tore it back to bare bones and am starting from there.
I know that I want to be able to write short posts of just a paragraph or two without having to find an image to go with it. I want these short posts to show on the main page so readers don’t have to click deeper to read just a short piece. And I want to keep the right hand sidebar, but a much more tidy version.
I began building it last year and even have it to the point where just a few more hours and a couple of lines of code could turn it into a functioning theme, but now I’m nowhere as in love with it as I was when I began on it. I love the cute little button and sexy pin up girl – but the theme feels too … pretentious, frilly and way to girly & mumsy for me. I love the stripes and some of the colors but I think the theme stinks! (If you really want to see it Ive been testing it here : http://www.screaming-violet.com/blogging/)
Not sure when I’ll get around to it, as I find it far more rewarding working on other people’s websites – but eventually I will turf this cruddy theme and try a new one out. In the mean time if you want your own theme customised, or created feel free to contact me… I’ll be far happier working on something for you than for myself!