Recently I have been reading a lot about design theories. Having always had an interest in graphics and art, my current fascination is in web design. This may seem hypocritical considering I am blogging on wordpress.com, arguably one of the most restrictive hosting and blogging platform around in terms of design capabilities. With limited customization and themes, most wordpress.com blogs seem to look the same. Of course, when I first started blogging, this was a major concern. I self-hosted and created my own layout. However, soon afterwards, I realized that I lack both coding skills and sufficient knowledge about SEO. Eventually, I switched over to wordpress.com and let the free host worry about most of that. I used a theme that allows some color scheme variations and a customized header.
A much more powerful theme became available a few days ago. It allowed blogs to have even more individuality (albeit still limited relative to self-hosted blogs). So I opened up Photoshop and Illustrator, read a bunch of notable websites on design, and had a blast.
Besides the decorative changes, there are also many significant functional changes. The sidebar has now been cleared up to include only the more important stuff for new readers: subscription buttons, simple navigation, and popular posts.
The nitty gritty stuff and widgets for returning regulars and interested new readers have all been moved to the footer. It is now a vibrant place for in depth exploration into this blog, the author, and outside links.
One other really curious function is the aside. On the front page, the less important aside posts have a simplified look that fit between full-length posts. These posts have a condensed look so they will not detract new audience from the meat of the blog on the home page… hopefully. They also allow me to post shorter and less polished posts more frequently. This post is an aside.
I hope you like this new look. Please let me know if something does not jive well.
And I apologize if I flooded your subscriptions with updates because of these changes.