Welp. I’ve swallowed what’s left of my pride and decided to finally bite the premade-theme bug.
I have mix thoughts on pre-made layouts especially when I was on the “peak” of my online life.. it’s something along the lines of “If you’re serious about blogging, you have to have a nice layout to go with it. Otherwise, you are just in for the thrill.” I know, it’s pretty pathetic. But what can you do, a lot can change in 5 years.
Ever since I got myself a tumblr account (2 years ago), I stopped making layouts from scratch for my blog, especially in tumblr. Back then I didn’t think it was necessary because the point of that specific blog over there was for random stuff.. so even a white, “minimalist” layout would do. I didn’t think much if I were going to have readers or not because I made that account/blog account(s) for me. My mess, my randomness. I never told anyone my URL.. until some of my online buddies found it out on their own.
For the last two years, I’ve spent more time in Tumblr and eventually my WordPress “skills” have (should I say) disappeared. 🙁 This layout right now is a premade and it took me a couple of days before deciding which one I should use. I would also like to point out that for the past 2-3 years, my “taste” in design has changed. I wouldn’t consider this kind of style if I were to put this kind of layout 2-3 years ago. Back then I was into brushes, blends and graphic-y layouts. And I have to have a layout that’s made by me from scratch.
Now, I am older,
wiser and have seen better days in the design department.. I am into clean, minimalist, Web 2.0 (if you will) layouts. And a little usage of premade layouts every now and then wouldn’t hurt. Though my coding skills are a bit on the rusty side, I still have some left in me and hopefully this won’t disappear with my understanding to WP codes. 🙂
Don’t get me wrong, the past two years in the tumblr community have been fun. Actually it started out as fun, then got a little bit tiring, until I became one with the inactive users. I just lurk nowadays, sometimes reblogging a post or two.. or I do a streak of posts spontaneously. I also met a lot of people, learned new things.. it was like the new Twitter before it got popular around last year (correct me if I am wrong). I got dibs on the latest news (whether it would be celebrity rumor, world news, among other stuff).. and it was the time that surprisingly I was updated with the current events.
Now tumblr is just another Friendster.. Facebook.. some community, SOCIAL NETWORKING community. You have to have followers or else you’re a nobody. Tumblr has also beat WordPress in its share of audience, it lost a certain percent of bloggers but at the same time more companies are using WordPress for their website (as a Content Management System).
For the record, I really like this layout. Just the right amount of subtleness, cleanliness and “minimalist” look. And I finally have a proper search box! Lately I’ve received a couple of “question submissions” containing a name of a certain actor I have blogged about previously. People must’ve thought that ask box was a search box. I will put a question box later, once I figure out how, haha.
I have two other pending blog entries that I would really like to publish here, namely the recently John Mayer Philippine concert that happened last Friday and the 2010 WordCamp Philippines last Saturday.
If you’re thinking that the previous week had been busy, then you are absolutely right and I can’t wait to jot all about these events here. 🙂