So while you may have not noticed I have been in hospital and had another operation this week, because I didn’t tell you as realised I was doing so many of those posts it was boring, you may have noticed that each day there has been a different theme on the blog – and a big thank you to anyone who popped by and gave their opinions on the different ones. I know appearance isn’t everything but I have been looking for a change, maybe I am finally getting illness funk – who knows, but I do feel like Savidge Reads needs a little bit of a facelift. So today is your chance to have a vote (and alternative vote, which if you are in the UK you will be sick to death of by now I am sure – oops sorry) on which you would like to see, including the good old original which I have gone back to for ease.
So I screen shot all of them before I did them and these are the themes and their names with my personal pro’s and con’s. So first we have Monochrome…
Pro’s: I have been using this one for ages, it has all the pages nicely available, its mono which I like colour wise, it looks a bit funky as well as a bit smart.
Con’s: I have had it ages and am a bit bored of it, the black outline seems to make it look hemmed in, it lacks a bit of character.
Next up we have Oulipo…
Pro’s: I like the simplicity, I really like the white, it seems spacey, it shows all the pages and widgets.
Con’s: Feels a teeny weeny bit soulless, the writing is quite pale and quite small so I don’t know if everyone would be able to read it.
Pro’s: Not fussy, quite minimal, rather white and spacious, like the width of the posts, simple.
Con’s: No real header, could be a bit bland/lacking in personality after a while, no easy access to the pages which people might want to have a nosey around randomly.
Mystique (blink and you could have missed this one as it only lasted about two hours as I saw it and began to go off it a bit speedily)…
Pro’s: Initially seems really funky, bit of colour which I like, pages easy to find and navigate.
Con’s: Starts to look a bit basic/childish after a while, don’t like the grey bubbles, widgets aren’t great or functional on this one.
Pro’s: It’s a bit different and quirky, has a layout am used to, pages are there (if hidden a little).
Con’s: Print a bit small, titles are ridiculously huge and don’t space nicely, you can’t see everything clearly, don’t like title layout.
Pro’s: Post width, pages and widgets are all good, nicely spaced out.
Con’s: The date looks cheap as is the little person, there is a lot of grey, looks a bit robotic.
Pro’s: Love the fact there are three columns so lots of fun things can do in the sidelines, clean and crisp, lots of white, feels spacious initially, looks quite smart.
Con’s: Could be too much going on at once and possibly too much information, the post column is too thin, cant see pages and instead have subscribe, browse and homepage etc, not sure how easy it is to comment.
So you can see I am a bit stuck, oh well! Moving on, as with the ‘Alternative Vote’ I am putting the option out there for all of you to choose your three possibles in order of preference. This might mean everyone’s third favourite gets through (though the final decision will be mine, ha) but that is still a consensus of sorts. So leave your favourite three in the comments box and who knows one of you might just get a bumper parcel of bookish joy in the post (which will be announced when I announce all the outstanding Savidge Reads giveaway draws next week) for having a go. I will give you mine as an example.
2. Grid Focus
Though I do still like the original… oooh why do I feel the need for change so much? Why oh why can there not be a free template that I just love 100%? Can anyone design them? Anyway, get voting, very interested to hear your thoughts (you might want to click on the individual pictures to see the theme in a bigger format) and any recommendations etc.