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Because the World Needs Another Blog (19 posts)

  1. cyberquill
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    This is my WP blog.

    It's basically the default theme tweaked beyond recognition, and the result looks kind of pretty.

    Other than that, I can't think of a particular reason to check it out at this time, as I haven't yet decided what my blog is supposed to be about.

    For now, it's just another blog in cyberspace. (Not like there's anything wrong with that.)

  2. TycoonBlogger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    That is impressive. I love the flaming torch in the header. It is hard to believe that it is the default theme.

  3. cyberquill
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Careful with the torch!!! I forgot to warn everybody: Always have a fire extinguisher or at least a bucket of water handy when visiting my blog! And do NOT touch the flame! (I'm not responsible for anybody's burns. Yes, it's a real flame--just check out the black area on my background image from all the smoke it produces!)

  4. TycoonBlogger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    That is funny cyberquill.

  5. lokrin2000
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Because the World Needs Another Flaming Blog

  6. cyberquill
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Well, it's nice, especially in the cold season. Sometimes when I'm blogging for a while, I can even turn down the heat in my room, because the little torch thingy gets pretty hot and keeps me warm when I'm close to the screen. (Yes it DOES--I'm NOT imagining it!!!)

  7. directorysieve
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    nice blog, surely tweaked a lot, can't say its the default theme by the looks of it :) looks good though,

  8. cyberquill
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Well, I guess at some point during the tweaking process it officially stopped being the default theme and became my own.

    Anyhow, I'm exhausted now, and I'm not planning to do any more web-designing in this lifetime.

    Thanks for all your responses :)

  9. vaibhavkanwal
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Its nice but its designed in an old manner. I mean the choice of colors and images etc is very Web 1.0ish, now that everyone is running after Web 2.0 look I suggest you should also look into the design as the content is great.

  10. cyberquill
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Dear vaibhavkanwal,

    I have no idea what Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 means or what everybody is running after. To me, java still means coffee, and flash is what a cop does with his badge (or what a stripper does with her whatever).

    What I do know is that it's precisely that warm and fuzzy old-fashioned, non-techno-geeky, non-computery look that I like about my design, and the only way to achieve it, I believe, was to have very limited coding and web-design capablities.

    An advanced web designer proabably wouldn't have tried the stuff I tried, and would have come up with a more "Web 2.0ish" look, whatever exactly that may be.

    So it's not that I didn't look into design. In fact, designing my little site was A LOT of work. But having not much computer experience beyond e-mailing, I just did the best I could do. Ironically, I love the result the way it is, and my "choice of colors and images" perfectly reflects who I am.

    I guess i just have a Web 1.0-type personality :)

  11. vaibhavkanwal
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I must say its a great effort. No amount of designing is easy and you have done a good job. Nevertheless, from a designer's perspective there are a few elements that can be added to enhance the visual appeal.

    Keeping in mind that you are not into designing, you've come up with a wonderful design. I was just playing the critic :)

    Have a look at my Blog to see what I meant.

  12. cyberquill
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    No problem. Critics are always welcome. I tend to play critic myself all the time in all kinds of areas, and I constantly get in trouble for it.

    I checked out your blog, and from the look of it it your design doesn't seem to be any more complicated than mine. With all the time and work I put into getting my blog to look the way it does, I'd probably have managed to give it your Web 2.0ish look instead.

    But that's where each person's personality comes in. I, for one, find the Web 2.0ish look a bit cold and sterile, and even though I hadn't been aware that it was called "Web 2.0", I sort of intuitively tried to avoid it. Just like you find my Web 1.0ish look a bit old-fashioned and naturally gravitate towards a more modernistic design.

    That said, I added a link to your blog on my blog, and when the mood strikes me, perhaps I'll consult your site for inspiration on how to a few Web 2.0ish elements. I kind of like the mix-and-match approach. I guess a little touch of Web 2.0 here and there can't hurt, as long as it doesn't overwhelm the 19th century feel of my design.

    Thank you!

  13. vaibhavkanwal
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks a lot for the link addition in BlogRoll. That's so nice of you. Thanks again

  14. cyberquill
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I added a giant Web 2.00ish-looking RSS icon. Now my design has officially joined the 21st century.

  15. archondigital
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I also don't believe there's such a thing as web 2.0 look. It's just a buzzword coined by some designers. Every design is unique, well sort of.

    @cyberquill This looks nothing like the default theme now. Good cozy design, I like it.

  16. Gabe Young
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Web 2.0 has more to do with community and interaction rather than design.

    I can see why your design may remind some folks of the static era. The clipart-looking image and the animated gif (torch) appear passe.

    However, the rest of the site looks fine. If it matches your personality, then go with it. There's nothing glaringly "wrong" with the design or usability at all.

  17. cyberquill
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    The static era? The WP page we're looking at right now reminds me of the static era. At least my little torch thingie is MOVING!!!

    All things passé eventually experience revivals, so I understand that certain elements on my blog may be a little ahead of their time. Nothing more avant-garde than a giant rotary phone mounted to the kitchen wall, doncha think?

    :)

  18. Gabe Young
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hey, I'm sure some people love the torch, just like some people still use under construction gifs.

    Anyway, you have a great point about being ahead of your time, even if it's waaaay ahead. ;)

  19. cyberquill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I redesigned my site. Looks more Web 2.0-ish now.

    It's still just a tweaked version of the WP default theme, but the torch has left the building.

    Screenshots of the previous design (with torch!) are posted here.

    The coolest thing is this plugin. Costs $5.00, but it allows your commentators to edit their comments for a limited number of minutes that you can set. (I'm NOT making any money off it. I just happen to think that this plugin should be mandatory for all blogs, because it drives me crazy whenever I leave a comment on somebody else's blog and then find a typo after I already submitted my comment, and now there's no way for me to correct it.)

    Maybe there exists a free plugin that does the same thing, I haven't found it yet.

    If you would like to see my new $5.00 luxury comment-error-correction plugin in action, go to this post and leave a test comment. (No one one has signed up to receive email notifications for followup comments on this particular post, so leaving nonsensical test comments there is fine. If you'd like to leave a comment on any other post, feel free to do so, but make sure it's at least somewhat meaningful and in context. Thank you.)

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