Happy Saturday 3.5 Readers.
I’m shopping for new themes. Take a look at some of them with me, will you?
After all, as my 3.5 readers, you’ll need to be as satisfied as I am:
#1 – NEWSMAG – I like it but I’m not sure why the menu is there twice. This has been pretty much been my experience. I find something that seems acceptable but for one weird little thing:
#2 – WILSON – Hmm. I like posting various funny pictures right at the top of my blog, often pictures of the “bookshelf battles” occurring on my magic bookshelf. For the 3.5 people who read this blog, it really ties the theme together.
Otherwise, the theme is crisp, uncluttered, it does pull Twitter, Facebook feeds and other widgets up to the left instead of leaving them buried at the bottom like my current theme does.
I guess the tradeoff is the main photo becomes smaller and off to the left instead of prominently at the top. Ironically, the photo does appear at the top on tablets and phones.
It’s free, so that’s a plus. I do prefer the menu at the top but I think the design so clearly helps the user to distinguish what’s the written content and what’s the menu content that it’s not a concern.
Hmm. This one’s a contender.
#3 – HIVE – This one needs two photos. First, it didn’t cut off “my” face but rather it all just comes out to big to come out in one screenshot. Take my word that my head is there and you just scroll down through a pretty sweet funny photo and bold headline before you get to the meat of the blog.
“BQB you wanted a blog that has a prominent photo and bold headline.”
That I do. That’s what intrigues me. It is like $150 which I don’t relish spending but I guess if it’s something I enjoy doing I guess I can sacrifice some dough for my 3.5 readers.
If you move to the second photo, you’ll see the posts come out in a newspaper like format. Side by side, crisp columns.
You end up with a blog roll where many, many of more posts are clickable before you get to the bottom of the roll and have to click next to get to the back log.
No one ever clicks next. So more posts before you reach the end could attract more than 3.5 readers.
So I’ll call what’s on the front page “teasers.” You basically get a paragraph of the post and then when you click it you get the whole thing.
I’m not sure why my photos don’t show up in the teasers but they do show up in the post itself when you reach it.
I’m not too worried about that because I have read other blogs where photos are in the teasers so there must be a way.
I’m on the fence on this one. It’s very beautiful. It does come with a lot of features that seem like they’d increase the ole click-a-roos.
But I feel like no one understands the concept of my blog as it is. It’s a blog about a nerd with a magic bookshelf who engages in all manner of nerdy hi jinx while he pursues a career as a novelist to appease an alien dictator.
Does this format make it a newspaper about all that above?
#4 – PENSCRATCH – Oh my God. It’s got the prominent headline. It’s got the menu at the top. It’s got the menu at the top. It’s got the place for the funny header photo.
The shopping list is complete! But…shit. Is it me or is that font very light? It looks like what happens when someone tries to write with lemon juice on paper.
If I can figure out how to darken up the font and maybe come up with some spiffier fonts this one could also be a contender.
My gut is telling me to go with WILSON but I can also see the argument that PENSCRATCH is the closest to what I have now and perhaps I shouldn’t take my stinky socks off in the bottom of then ninth. Not crazy about that light font though.
Sheesh. Picking a new theme is like picking a mistress. Chunk’s like my toothless, frazzled hair wife. Sure, she’s not the best, but she’s always there for me and gets the job done.
If I’m going to leave her I want it to be for a super model that’s really going to rev my engine but it just seems like I’m trading one toothless wife for another toothless wife.
I’m from the 90’s. I can say things like this.