I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years.

And I don’t just mean a blog where a person can just talk about whatever randomness pops into their head and convinces themselves that the world actually has a desire to listen to their commentary.

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This blog just barely skirts out of this definition because I really do try hard to make sure there is some sort of consistent theme of tech and/or business here … FYI
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No, I’ve actually created real blogs in my time (well, only 1 that is actually popular and has a team behind it). I’ve read books on it, learned about the business of blogging, learned the technology, and been (minimally) a public advocate of the whole blogging ecosystem.  Hell, even won some awards. I’ve got the basics down and would say I “get” blogging.

Except … themes

Oh how I hate finding a blog theme

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For the uninformed, that is the color, fonts, and general layout of the blog. I’m not taking about the theme of the content or anything
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WordPress is my tool of choice. And for WordPress, I have access to premium themes, I know the system, I can make changes myself.

But, it never looks good enough …

Now that I’m on Tumblr … FML!

Every 2 weeks I go on some random caffeine or liquor fueled search for the perfect theme. I want something that looks good and is functional. I go in and make changes where I see a need and start tweaking things until I’m happy. I toil and move, pixel by pixel, until what I have in my head starts to come out on the screen. At some point, I realize that it’s way too late and I decide that I am happy with what I have come up with.

Until a week later when I go back to write some more posts …

Suddenly, the font’s are all wrong, I kick myself for doing a left column instead of a right column, and then I get embarrassed that I have attached myself to something that looks this bad.

Then … rinse and repeat

Someday I’ll get some professional training in design. Someday I will have the ability to actually design a webpage for more than just usability (as a PM I know usability!). Until then, expect the theme to keep changing … a lot