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How many of you are not happy with your blog’s theme? It just doesn’t look or do what you want it to do and simply want something that meets your wants/needs.
That has been my dilemma for several years and I still have not found my “perfect” blog theme, I have switched, customized, hacked and everything in between in my effort to find the “one”.
There are some choices:
Pay to have a custom theme created for you
Use Blogger’s template designer tool
My Blog Theme Search
I have downloaded over 40 different themes on my test site and then around 10 on One Foot In Reality to see how they looked “live”. One was fairly close to what I was looking for, but I could not get it quite the way that I wanted and gave up on it, because the changes I wanted to make were beyond my abilities.
I knew it was time to stop for a while because I was starting to get frustrated, so I took a break and walked around a little bit, watched some baseball (yes the Red Sox beat the Yankees) and while I was sitting there watching the ball game it came to me.
What has changed?
My priorities are and have changed a great deal since Memorial Day weekend, when I made my decision to resign from teaching and go into semi-retirement. As part of this decision, I have started to really look at simplifying (not quite minimalizing) and downsizing many aspects of my life.
While One Foot In Reality is successful in my eyes, with its past focus, that focus will shift a great deal as I move further from being classroom teacher/special educator and farther into semi-retirement. I finally realized that I wasn’t happy with any of the themes I was trying recently, because I have been going through a significant decision process (over the past 3-4 months) and I had lost what the focus of One Foot In Reality is now or will become. This struggle about the direction I am going has affected what image that I am attempting to portray to my readers – because I don’t know where One Foot In Reality is going – except forward.
The New Theme
Once I made that decision, using Google’s template designer was very easy and intuitive. Within 15 minutes I had the basic template finished, it took a couple of days to tweak it to where it is now.
I stayed simple and didn’t do a lot of eye candy. I actually like the results quite a bit, the widgets may change a little as I find something I like, but I have a feeling the theme will stay this way until I figure out the new focus of One Foot In Reality.
The reality is
At some point you have to say good enough and focus on the content more than the appearance.
“Are you doing the right thing for the right reason.”