Thus far, this blog has been everything I could have hoped for. I’ve gotten more hits, more comments, more followers, the whole deal.
The only thing I wasn’t happy with was the look and feel of it. So I’ve made some changes.
First of all, no more blogroll. Based on my stats, no one was clicking over to the sites I like because I had a tiny link to them off to the side. Updating them is a pain and rarely noticed, unless you make a post mentioning it, in which case what was the point of making the blogroll addition? It defies everything we are told about blogging:
Blogrolls are static; blogs are fluid. I might make a page of Recommended Blogs later on, but I’m going to have to conceive of a reason to first.
Secondarily, I wanted to clean the place up. Too much gobbledygook and not enough white space. The colors I was playing with on the previous theme were boring me. Tag Clouds and Archives don’t, to my mind, deserve such pride of place as they often get. They’re down at the bottom now, where they belong.
Sixth and lastly, I like making these changes. WordPress makes it easy and quick to shift the look of your blog to something stark and eye-popping. That’s a feature I should take advantage of at regular intervals. We learn to blog by blogging. So expect them from time to time.
To Conclude, a personal note. I thank all of you who have liked, commented, and clicked through to read these offerings. You’ve sustained me in the hope that I might just make a go of this after all, and after nine years of blogging, that means a good deal.