Ever since this blog started in June 2011, it has used the same WordPress theme.
Described as “a classic and popular magazine-style theme that has withstood the test of time,” I liked The Morning After because it squared with my preference for a multi-column, magazine-like look that would make it easy for readers to find posts other than the most recent without having to scroll for screens at a time.
At first, I didn’t really like the font (Arial), but as I explained last May in a post on graphic design, I’ve come to appreciate sans serif in blogging for several reasons, including this one:
…such typefaces were designed to be neutral, capable of supporting many different kinds of messages, and I’m fairly self-conscious about hosting a site whose evenhandedness causes it to stand out from the partisan hyperbole of the blogosphere.
But I think it’s long past time to switch to a new theme.
I’m not nostalgic enough about print magazines to stubbornly cling to their late 20th century design scheme when it increasingly strikes me as out of step. In a media landscape that features seemingly endless amounts of white space, the look of this blog is starting to feel cluttered.
Frankly, I probably would have changed the theme earlier this year but for sloth, and the nagging concern that any change will have unintended consequences for the look of posts written with the old theme in mind.
So as I prepare to give this blog a makeover, I’d like to do some crowdsourcing.
Eventually, I’ll put it up for a vote. But for now, I’d like to ask you to check out the WordPress Themes collection and recommend one or two new options. (Just leave a comment below, including a link to the theme you like.)
A few things to note as you’re perusing themes:
- I’m cheap enough that I’d prefer a free theme, but I’d consider shelling out some money for a premium theme in the $30-$60 range. (It’s an annual fee, so it’d have to look fantastic for me to pry open my wallet!)
- You can probably steer clear of the themes in the Photography and Portfolio sections, which are meant for other kinds of sites than a blog whose posts regularly run over a thousand words. (Ditto niche themes related to things like Weddings and Food.) Skip to the Blog and Magazine filters.
- Given my “cluttered” self-critique, I suspect that more minimalist themes will be front-runners.
And even if you don’t have time to browse a bunch of WordPress themes, please feel free to share ideas for what kind of design you’d like to see here.
After I get some feedback and do some of my own digging, I’ll post some options for readers to vote on later in July. However you can contribute to this process, thanks in advance for your help!