Whohooo, I’ve been working on this design for the past two weeks and now it’s finally done!
I started this blog 5 years ago, and realized last month that I had the same design for all those 5 years. And that I was completely bored and tired of it. I also didn’t like reading posts on my own site anymore, preferring to read them in my rss-reader; it’s like being a chef and not eating your own food, or being a fashion designer and not wearing your own clothes. The old design had done its job, but it was time for it to go.
So I sat down, thought out what I wanted in a new design and built it up from scratch myself. Making a wordpress theme is a whole lot easier than I thought; it’s definitely become a simpler process since I worked on the old one 5 years ago!
The main change is I switched from 2 to 3 columns. I know there are people out there who usually don’t like 3 columns and think it gets too busy, but it feels like the right one thing for MissGeeky. In the left sidebar you’ll find info about me and stuff I’ve recently tweeted/watched/read/played. In the main middle column you’ll find the blog posts, with on a single post page also the comments and share buttons. Finally, in the right sidebar you’ll find popular posts, related posts and related ads.
Next to that, I’ve decided to highlight the categories more. There are now 8 main categories and each post will belong to one of them (well, they will once I’ve gone through all my old posts and retagged them). I love the icons I’ve found for all of them!
So what do you think? I personally think it looks a whole lot cleaner than it was before, and I’m more inclined to browse around and read stuff on the site. The one thing I’m not completely happy with is the comments area; I’m tempted to take a look at Disqus and see if that might be a better solution.
Take a look around and please let me know what you think of it all in the comments!