So I was stumbling blogs on Stumbleupon last night and came across a blog that really made me stop in my tracks. The design was very clean and minimalist, no cluttered sidebars or things trying to stretch your attention in a million different directions. This made focusing on the actual content refreshingly (like the first sip of a crisp cold soda on an oppresively hot summer day refreshingly) easy. I mean it was really nice to read and I spent more time on that blog than at any of the other countless ones that I’d seen that night. It’s such a rare thing nowadays to see a blog like that unless it’s absolutely brand new and the owner hasn’t gotten around to muddying things up yet.
That blog made me take a second look at how things were going at this one and the kind of environment it is for people to read in. I had chosen this WordPress theme specifically because it was minimalist and wasn’t full of distractions to the content, but over time it seems like it got all cluttered anyway. Adding stuff to the theme here and there didn’t seem like a big deal at the time but it definitely piled up.
I guess it’s human nature to keep adding things and to try to make something more complex. Or maybe in this case it’s just a symptom of lack of confidence in the actual content. Either way, I’m going to spend a little time scaling back and streamlining all things theme-wise here. And then get to writing some posts, which is the real point of having a blog anyway :).
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