It’s Theme Change Day here at Greywulf Towers, for a number of entirely unrelated reasons. These are thus:
My previous theme was a memory hog
Not all of the blame can be laid on Mystique, of course. I was also using the oh-so-clever OnSwipe plugin which gave iPad using readers a magazine-style view of my site. Awesome yes, but it uses another Fifty freakin’ meg of memory on a regular browser while it’s active. Ouch. Buh-bye.
Change is good
Like most folks, I get bored easily, and blog boredom means fewer posts. Changing the theme breathes life into old dog, and that (hopefully) leads to more posts, right?
That’s the theory, anyhow.
Blogs, by very definition, grow. Left to themselves, blogs tend to collect new Widgets, cool Plugins, links to internal posts and other sites, kewl flashing sidebar graphics and all the rest. A blog is like an untamed bush that can easily swamp out a corner of the garden.
When that happens, all you can do is prune back, hard.
Which leads us to……
Minimal is the new black
I’ve mentioned it before, but the latest version of WordPress 3.2 has a fantastic Full Screen editor mode. Hit F11 too, and you’ve got a completely blank screen to enter your words. As users of Writeroom and the many clones will testify, distraction free writing means you write more words, better. All of those words then get pushed into your blog theme which adds loads of doodads, widgets and links to side-track the reader.
If distraction free writing is good, why not distraction free reading? This theme is a bit of an experiment. Melville takes out all of the distractions and provides a beautiful layout for the words and pictures. It isn’t perfect – there’s no place for link love, for example – but I plan to fix that by activating widgets on the footer. Over all though, I like it.
Let me know what you think.
UPDATE: Another day, another theme change. Much as I like Melville, it’s just too stark. Hope you like the new one. Thanks for the feedback, all!