The neat thing about blogging design…

…is that if you don’t like the theme you picked yesterday you can change it with a click of the mouse today. This is NOT my new design. It’s yet another way I can mess with the “brand” I’ve built. I want to destroy it, to allow me to play around and find something fresh. How’s this one? Anyway, today I’m on a plane to Phoenix to hang out with some cool geeks. More later as we continue building this out.

This theme is one of the pre-built ones in WordPress.com. If you don’t like it, we can pick another and keep trying them as Rackspace’s designers work on my new design, which will come up as part of the launch of Building43, the community for people fanatical about the Internet comes alive.

133 thoughts on “The neat thing about blogging design…

  1. Robert,

    In-case you didn’t already know, your blog has not had any decent content on it for quite a while, FIX IT or I’ll fix you good.

    I can almost guarantee that your new design is going to have fail written all over it because you decided to be a cheap ass and not pay a decent agency to make you a new blog theme, for shame on you.

    That is all.

  2. I’ve found a great theme called Arthemia (free basic version) and is a hybrid magazine / blog style which I think appears to be the way many new publications are going, especially sites like globeandmail.com and others…. If you click on my name you’ll see how it looks populated with photos. It’s clean, with few colours and focuses readers on the content but grabs the eye with a graphic here and there. Content maybe king, but pictures are worth a thousand words afterall… :)

  3. Many years ago, I took a course on designing newsletters. Our instructor told us about a company that decided to get its customers involved in the design of the company’s newsletter. So, every month for several months, the company tried a different design, then asked customers what they thought. Their response: We don’t really care; just settle on one design and stick with it! :-)

    All of which to say, the design is important, but your content is why we keep coming back…

    - Paul

  4. Many years ago, I took a course on designing newsletters. Our instructor told us about a company that decided to get its customers involved in the design of the company’s newsletter. So, every month for several months, the company tried a different design, then asked customers what they thought. Their response: We don’t really care; just settle on one design and stick with it! :-)

    All of which to say, the design is important, but your content is why we keep coming back…

    - Paul

  5. I like it very much.The color of this is very nice and cool. There are many sidebars in ride hand side. These are really cool and very attractive.

  6. I like it very much.The color of this is very nice and cool. There are many sidebars in ride hand side. These are really cool and very attractive.

  7. Hi Robert

    Since I’m regular reader of your blog, I have to say that I’m not really a fan of crazy-green. I’d suggest you Thesis theme for WordPress (I guess you’ll need WP.Org and not .COM), it’s the best wp framework out there.
    http://diythemes.com/thesis/

    And yes, there are a lot of categories, now about Drop-down menu?

  8. Hi Robert

    Since I’m regular reader of your blog, I have to say that I’m not really a fan of crazy-green. I’d suggest you Thesis theme for WordPress (I guess you’ll need WP.Org and not .COM), it’s the best wp framework out there.
    http://diythemes.com/thesis/

    And yes, there are a lot of categories, now about Drop-down menu?

  9. You know, I hadn’t ever really given suicide a thought, but now that I’ve seen your new theme… lol

  10. You know, I hadn’t ever really given suicide a thought, but now that I’ve seen your new theme… lol

  11. The left hand column on the index page is too narrow. It has some horizontal scrolling going on which isn’t good. I haven’t looked at why this is – something like a div being larger than the width of the column or if you posted a large image or something.

  12. The left hand column on the index page is too narrow. It has some horizontal scrolling going on which isn’t good. I haven’t looked at why this is – something like a div being larger than the width of the column or if you posted a large image or something.

  13. too bad things couldn’t be set up where the User picks the style template and sees the blog in their own browser just the way they want. :) I don’t think WordPress does that though…

  14. too bad things couldn’t be set up where the User picks the style template and sees the blog in their own browser just the way they want. :) I don’t think WordPress does that though…

  15. Hi Scob
    A friendly suggestion:
    you should increase the number of viewable posts, so the white space on the left is covered, as low as the categories go.
    I understand that it might affect the site’s speed loading time.

  16. Hi Scob
    A friendly suggestion:
    you should increase the number of viewable posts, so the white space on the left is covered, as low as the categories go.
    I understand that it might affect the site’s speed loading time.

  17. It’s actually not that bad :-)
    Have you tried Thesis? It’s the best pro theme out there and you have impressive options and you can basically create whatever you want starting from that theme. It’s rather a “framework” than a theme. Check it out if you haven’t yet: http://tr.im/jC21

  18. It’s actually not that bad :-)
    Have you tried Thesis? It’s the best pro theme out there and you have impressive options and you can basically create whatever you want starting from that theme. It’s rather a “framework” than a theme. Check it out if you haven’t yet: http://tr.im/jC21

  19. Well aside from the fact that the theme doesn’t truncate your tags, making your page _really_ long, changing themes too often will hurt your SEO too. When you change your theme, you’re changing the entire HTML structure of your site. Sometimes for the worse. Then search engines have to re-index your site and that could cause your pagerank to take a hit.

    Also, this theme is just terrible, IMHO. I look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with, though. And finally, as mentioned above, I read you via RSS but had to click through to see if you’d launched your new design :)

  20. Well aside from the fact that the theme doesn’t truncate your tags, making your page _really_ long, changing themes too often will hurt your SEO too. When you change your theme, you’re changing the entire HTML structure of your site. Sometimes for the worse. Then search engines have to re-index your site and that could cause your pagerank to take a hit.

    Also, this theme is just terrible, IMHO. I look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with, though. And finally, as mentioned above, I read you via RSS but had to click through to see if you’d launched your new design :)

  21. I think the strategy is brilliant, Robert! Keep destroying your old brand by changing the WordPress theme every once in a while. Once Building43 is ready, rebuild from there. Love it.

  22. I think the strategy is brilliant, Robert! Keep destroying your old brand by changing the WordPress theme every once in a while. Once Building43 is ready, rebuild from there. Love it.

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