The other evening in Edmonton, I was talking about blogging with SME and Richard, and SME noted that I went through a phase of changing the look of my blog regularly. This is true. I have a restless imagination and I like to refresh the way this little corner of the cyber-swamp looks from time to time. I kept the last theme for some time. I liked its simplicity and the way it nicely featured the content.
Tonight I looked at 27th Street, though, and decided it was tired and in need of a face-lift. I tried out the WordPress 2015 theme and I think I’ll keep it for a while, although I may mess around with various header images (the current one is a night photo of one of the imagination stations out back – I snapped that pic this evening while out shoveling snow) and background colours.
A while back I wrestled with keeping or ditching the blogroll. I tried a theme that couldn’t accommodate one and curiously I was not flooded with complaints – but when I asked, some of my pals suggested I should keep one. I’m still ambivalent. In fact I haven’t even looked at it in some time and I’m certain it’s out of date. I think the blogroll was a feature that was more important a few years ago than it is now. It has a certain charm, and it’s true that some people find this blog from the blog rolls of others.
At our Edmonton MIRL (meeting in real life) dinner the other evening, SME reminded me that some of the bloggers we know who have managed to maintain friendships over the years, found one another by clicking the random blog button on the old Blogger platform. Does Blogger still have that feature? There was a time I clicked that that button fairly regularly just to see what sort of personal blogs were out there. Many of the bloggers I regularly followed at that time have given up blogging. Some I’m still in touch with via Facebook, and I wish some of those folks would return to blogging because I miss seeing them there. Facebook is OK for keeping in touch but I still prefer blog spaces.
The heyday of the personal blog may be past, at least based on my experience with blog-friends who have abandoned ship along the way. I’m OK with that. In fact I enjoy things that are a bit outside the mainstream. I still love painting. I play and listen to a lot of folk music, these days especially Old Time music, which had its commercial heyday a long time ago.
I like having my own corner out there, and I really appreciate the folks who keep dropping by. I hope you like the new look around this joint.