Heisui’s Thoughts: On the search for the perfect blog theme
So..I intended for my “Heisui’s Thoughts” series of posts to be more serious but somehow here I am, writing about…..my blog theme. It’s really deep and exciting, I know. *sarcasm* 😛
^What it feels like when I try to choose a new theme..*facepalm*
Well, in case you haven’t noticed, I finally changed my blog theme/layout. I don’t know if it’s just me being overly dramatic or something, but I am really happy about it. Why is this such a revolutionary moment? Well I’ve been blogging for a couple years, and during that time I’ve had a grand total of TWO themes. *gasp* Oh yes, TWO. And I’m finally moving onto my third!
The thing is…I’m really picky when it comes to choosing my blog layout. There are plenty of new layouts that I like, but then I will notice just ONE feature that is lacking/missing, one thing that I don’t like, and I rule out that theme. Maybe I’m being too picky, maybe I’m expecting too much from the free themes that are available…but hey, the theme is really the face of your blog and it matters a lot. Simply changing your theme can do a lot for your blog…I guess you could call it a ‘face-lift’ of some sorts. 😛
^My old layout & background
To me the best layouts are those that combine aesthetics with functionality. Here are some things I look for in a blog layout…
- A readable font
Chances are, if I can’t read the font, I’m not gonna read the blog post. It doesn’t matter how cute or nice the font looks, if I can’t read it without straining my eyes, I won’t bother. T__T To me this is the #1 thing I need in a blog. Sometimes it is kinda odd–I’ve seen themes where the font is fine for the blog post but horrible for the comments section. I have no idea why.
Of course this all depends on which headers you use, and not all blogs need them, but I loveeee headers. They definitely make blogs more eye-catching and colorful. My advice would be to have a medium header size (I’ve had a small header size before, and I now realize that medium/large headers are much easier to work with!), use medium-high quality images, and find creative ways to present those images. Sometimes simplicity is also the key to making an eye-catching header–you don’t need fancy pro-header making skills to make a good header!
- Widgets section
I think this is mainly a wordpress feature so if you’re not using wordpress you might be unfamiliar with widgets. Anyways widgets are a great way to add extra features to your blog. For me it is best to have widgets in a side-bar, but sometimes they are also located at the bottom of the blog page. My favorite widget would be the HTML text widget because it allows you to enter anything from text and images to a chatbox!
I don’t think any of my blog layouts have been minimalist, but sometimes minimalism is best. Minimal layouts are much cleaner, simpler, and let you focus on the words themselves without being distracted by other stuff. One thing to note though, is that some minimal layouts leave out certain things (i.e. widget bar) but there are also themes that still include all the main features.
- Featured images
This isn’t always a must-have but to me it is always funner with featured images! 😉 Enough said.
So I had no idea where I was going with this post and somehow ended up talking about blog layout aesthetics. T___T Do you have any other favorite features in blog themes? Also what do you think of my newest blog theme? Is the font readable?
P.S. I have no idea why I put Roy Qiu as my featured image for this post. It doesn’t relate to this post at all.