As suggested by one of my blog-fellows, Stephen A. Watkins (or perhaps it wasn’t meant as a suggestion per se, but he mentioned that he did this, and I thought it was a smart idea), I created a separate blog as a testing site (set to “private”, so hopefully no one wasted their time trying to check out the handful of test posts thereon) and fiddled with the appearance in preparation to take the changes here. Whereas my old theme went by the name “Ocadia”, this new model upon which I’ve ultimately settled is called “Connections”.
What I like about the post-“overall treatment to improve the appearance or change the image” look:
The light color scheme. There are several perfectly nice themes of darker or bolder tone available, but for my own personal blog, I prefer the uplifting properties of these pastel greens and, I dunno, off-cream. Simple, but not too blank.
The header. The image of floating leaves atop the page is custom-selected (oh, yes – “Connections” allows for such), cropped from a photo I took on my family’s trip to Everglades National Park, a few summers ago. (An enjoyable day, that. Perchance some day I’ll share the poem the Everglades inspired.) Customization is fun, and that photo’s long been a favorite of mine, so it’s great that it gets to be a part of my blogging space.
That little double-swoosh at the end of every post. See it there? Like an elegant green tilde? Little things like that make me happy.
The layout didn’t change too much. Good. Once I come up with a place for everything, I like everything to be in its place. And now you guys don’t have to search for anything here any harder than you ever did. Huzzah for a lack of inconvenience!
What I miss about the old, Ocadian look:
Not a lot, actually! I loved the old blue and gray (my favorite colors, reminding me of sky and minstrels and an old favorite character who also lived and died by blue and gray), but I like this new look so much, I find that it’s all I want. Well, so much the better for me; I had been braced for a few wistful looks back at the appearance of the past, but now I can look and live happily ever onward. (:
What about you, cherished readers? Think you’ll be able to survive what I’ve done with the place?