This is the fourth page design (or theme as WordPress calls them) that I have used on this blog to date. WordPress make it easy to create a blog by providing nearly seventy of these themes plus a good collection of widgets (these are the features found in the right-hand column of the page). All one has to do is choose a theme, then widgets if wanted (which can be sorted into the desired order) and supply a heading picture if required.
It is easy but my original choice of theme began to look a bit jaded after a while. So I chose a nice bright, modern looking theme but that was too bright. Acres of white background were a strain on the eyes so I went to the opposite extreme by having yet another theme but with a black background and white text. This one was dramatic but easy enough to read and the black background certainly did something for the pictures.
After a few days I was restless about the black background. Somehow it seemed too gloomy, too sombre and perhaps a bit gimmicky. What it probably needed was a strong heading picture comprising a simple pattern of few but vivid colours – the sort of picture that might be appropriate on a blog about modern art, or fashion etc.
By this time I had become attached to the idea of having a dark(ish) background in a neutral colour that would work well with my multicoloured photographs and I wanted a theme that would accommodate my own heading picture. The present theme seems to be the best compromise. The grey background is easy on the eye and the text plainly legible. I would prefer the post info to be below each post and I could do without the maroon stripes at each end of the heading picture but they come with the theme. I am not complaining. WordPress supplies all of this for free and, presumably, if I chose to pay for the upgrade I could design the whole thing from scratch. Meanwhile, beggars can’t be choosers.
All I need now is to produce a more colourful heading picture but relevant to cycling. OK, when it stops raining…