I think I’ve finally settled on a template that looks okay and behaves pretty much the way I want it to. I prefer a serif font, but oh well. And I prefer the versatility of being able to manipulate my template as you can do in Blogger, but again, oh well. And why is any of this important? If we truly blog because we have something to say…something we want to share with cherished visitors…why does any of this matter anyway? Well, to me, it’s all about being comfortable in your own skin, so to speak.
I’m sure if I had the chance to meet any of you in person and I arrived on your doorstep in faded jeans and tee shirt, disheveled hair, and dirty fingernails, you’d probably welcome me just the same as if I’d arrived in more appropriate attire. But would I? No, of course not. That’s a little bit how I view the way my blog looks — it feels like a representation of myself, whether it is or it isn’t in the eyes of my readers. So, I fiddle and fuss and change this and adjust that until I’m comfortable in my own skin.
In a post that’s very popular at the moment on Poor Richard’s Almanac, Our Friend Ben says: “If it were just about the writing, we could all write our little essays and save them to our Word archives. What makes blogging fun is the interaction, the response we get to our blog posts.” Isn’t that why the majority of us blog? That we might, in some small way, give our readers information, or simply something to ponder, a reason to pause, whether that be in the form of a long essay or a simple photograph?
I’m starting to find my way around WordPress — and starting to feel comfortable in my own skin. How about you? Is the appearance or feel of your blog important to YOU? Do you really care how YOU feel while you’re there, or is your blog simply a means to an end? Do you think it’s important to your readers? I’m interested to hear your opinions!