As you see I have changed the theme of this blog. It was a very painful decision. I really love the look of my previous theme “Thirteen” (created by Beccary), which has such a classic, elegant feel it brings peace to my mind just looking at it.
However, good things always come at a price. “Thirteen” is also a two column with lots of blank space on both the left sidebar and the right hand side. Surfing around the blogosphere I rarely see any blog theme that has so much blank space unutilized, especially in the first scroll page. Top posts, comments, categories, lots of the essential widgets that are critical to promoting your content to your readers are all placed in the most prominent places. After all, you don’t want people to take a glance at your first post then walk away. You want to entice them to explore a little bit more of what you have in store.
“If no one reads, why do you write?”
Besides, now being able to place Recent Comments at the top right, it’s easier for friends and frequent visitors to follow up my and others’ responses. This blog has lots of good comments that sometimes just got lost quietly. Comments are a big part of a blog, and they are especially so on mine.
(of course, the best way is to subscribe to the Comments Feed :-))
This new theme is by no means a perfect one, but in the end, it really all comes down to style v.s. functionality. Being the idealist I am, I also strive to be practical :-p . With the current offerings from WordPress.com, I have not found one that gives me both to my satisfaction (this is the only 3 column theme they have) :(. If you can’t have everything, at least have the important ones. Content is king, presentation is not, as the wise man said.
(I’m just hoping someday a better one will come by or I will have more free time to do my own custom CSS theme, which is doubtful.)
So, I buried my beloved Thirteen theme tearfully, and moved on.