Blogging 101 – Day Five

Today’s assignment: try out at least three other themes — even if you’re happy with the one you first chose. Try one you’re drawn to, and one you would never use.

And yes, do this even if you love your current blog layout. You never know what seeing your words displayed in a new way will inspire, and you can always keep the layout you love.

To help whittle down the options, try our three rules of thumb:

  1. Pick something that speaks to you. You might admire simplicity and bold typography on others’ sites, but if you’re personally drawn to something soft and romantic, head in that direction.
  2. Consider your content. If you know you’ll be posting lots of images, pick a theme meant to show off photos. If you love poetry, choose a streamlined theme that makes your words the star. (Not sure what you want to publish? Welcome to the 99%. Try everything!)
  3. Think about your priorities. Some themes have a very distinctive look out-of-the-box. Others let you add custom touches like headers and backgrounds, while some have a variety of layout options Take a look at a theme’s features and customization options, and think about how much time you want to spend getting things configured.

Okay here’s the deal…I previewed a couple themes : Manifest, Radcliffe, and Penscratch

I stared at Penscratch the most.  I liked it.  I did not see any tags.  Don’t know if I customize that myself or not.  I like my current theme, Coraline.
I may change to Penscratch in the future, if I can figure out how to get the tags to show up.  Other than that, I will stick with what I have.  Assignment complete.



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