Oops / Duped

Regular readers will note that I have changed my blog theme recently.

Whilst I had been thinking about changing my theme as a bit of an inspiration to write more posts, the change comes about as an uninformed oversight and quick scramble to make it presentable, instead of a researched and planned upgrade.

I was browsing themes to see if any caught my eye, and in the past WordPress allowed you to see how your blog would look in a particular them before committing to it. Maybe I wasn’t looking in the right places, but I couldn’t see that option, so instead I decided to activate a new theme and thought that if I didn’t like it, I could simply revert to my old theme of Bueno. Then I read an article saying that Bueno got retired. Nooooooooo!!!!!!

Bueno was one of the most popular themes so I never would have imagined that they would retire it. Sure, being so popular means it’s not so original, but I loved that theme. Unfortunately I feel as though I had the wool pulled over my eyes because there wasn’t a button to revert to my original theme, or a warning saying that I wouldn’t be able to return to Bueno if I didn’t like the new theme. ūüė¶

So I tried on a few more themes and in the end have stuck with Bouquet for the interim, or maybe long term if it grows on me. It has two columns and full posts on the homepage and it is also pink, a colour I feel rather attached to. I would love to go for a magazine style or featured posts, but I don’t think my photos are eye-popping enough and my content publishing is hardly regular at this point.

What are your thoughts on the new theme? Should I stick with Bouquet or go with something really different?


Someone out there is reading my blog

The other day, while walking through Fed Square enjoying a beautiful Melbourne evening, I bumped into a friend I haven’t seen for a good three years.

She was talking on the phone and noticed me first, and started waving. I waved back and stopped for a quick chat.

We talked about what we’ve each been up to and gave a quick run down on our plans, hers being moving to Uganda for a three month project. It was so lovely to see her and hear her news firsthand rather than via Facebook.

And then she said a really lovely thing “I was just reading your blog the other day about handwriting analysis and that quote at the end just sums you up perfectly.”

First up it was so lovely of her to say that, and secondly, knowing that at least one person out there is reading my blog after such a short time since starting up again provides the incentive to keep writing and posting. Offline encouragement gives you an extra spring in your typing and certainly brings out an inner smile. It’s where those site stats actually form into a person who has their own hopes and dreams and interests and style and who appreciates that you write about your own.

So here’s a big thank you to her and a thank you to all of you for reading!

My blogging new years resolution

With a bit of encouragement from dailypost, I’m pledging to write a blog entry a day for 2011.

It sounds daunting and rather tricky. Yes, I have blogged daily for a whole week now, but my ENFP¬†personality type hasn’t kicked in yet. I like to start things but I get bored after a while. There’s the perfect example of a monthly¬†industry newsletter I created in one of my previous jobs. At first it was great fun, but then it grew tiresome as each month rolled by until it got to the point where I was like, “It doesn’t really matter if it comes out every two months now, does it?” And it was only a two-page email newsletter.

I think my blog activity of the past week can be attributed to an extra helping of available time, and that it’s pretty hot and I just want to stay inside.

Regardless, it’s a noble goal to write something to share with you every single day, so I’m going for it. The saying go hard or go home is resonating with me right now. Be prepared for all manner of content
(including photos and video), but I guess judging from my categories so far, it’s going to be about food, fashion, shopping, music and dancing, travel, cleaning, film and work. That plus the brand new experience that will be me living in LA.

Please stick with me, encourage me if you think I’m falling off the bandwagon and let me know your thoughts via the comments section.

New year, new habits.