You may have noticed some changes here recently. Here’s a hint: fresh content! Want to know my secret? The Poster app! Now I know we’ve all heard that the iPad is not a content-creation device, but I’m finding it pretty easy myself. In fact, I haven’t reopened my MacBook once, not even to change my blog theme!
Why do I like it so much? It doesn’t try to do anything more than allow you to draft, schedule and publish content. I don’t need a reader baked into the app, or to see stats on my personal blog. I just want to dive in and bang out 250–500 words about something I liked enough to write about. Like Poster! If you want to start using your iPad for blogging, you should check it out.
You can follow Ramsayings: The Tumblr by your preferred method. Since I follow a disproportionate number of music critics there, it may be where I enter conversations about stuff like that? Or possibly techier things? Or social media things? It’s a garden that’s growing very quickly and I’m scrambling to keep up.
And, yes, I think I’ve decided to maintain both WordPress and Tumblr platforms in some way or other indefinitely. Social media is a cruel mistress. I guess it would be crueler if I were also vlogging or something.
Cleanr’s been great to me. Taught me the value of a clean interface, with dead simple navigation. The problem? It’s not simple enough. Not a year goes by that I don’t realize how important it is to present information completely free from noise whenever possible. What does that mean? An end to two-column theme, at least for me.
Thus, I throw myself at the mercy of the Internet to help me find the following: an elegant one-column theme with dead simple navigation and a beautifully integrated “follow” suite where I can plug in links to my Twitter, Flickr, and other accounts. To be perfectly honest, if Flavors.me offered something akin to Tumblr, I’d jump in a heartbeat.
Why not Tumblr, you ask? Too insidery for my tastes. Sure, I don’t try to generate batty pageviews here at Kensington Blues, but I’m not trying to impress an armada of followers either. Influence peddling is not something I want to get too wrapped up in outside of work, if you catch my drift. More importantly, I have yet to find a Tumblr theme that doesn’t make actual words seem like unwelcome guests on the page. I think Tumblr’s great for meme generation and is home to a lot of fun stuff on the web, but I just don’t think I can commit to Tumblr as my sole outlet online. (Don’t even get me started about maintaining separate channels in my personal life.)
Having said all that, I do appreciate Tumblr’s elegance. Be gone, useless blogroll! No one clicks on you anyway! Goodbye, archives! The people will use search instead! You get the picture.
Ideally, I’d love to strip the extraneous elements out of this theme and adapt it for my purposes. If you’re the sort of person who reads this and thinks that is possible, let me know!
If you’re one of the dear souls who subscribes to this underused blog you already know how I’ve agonized over a suitable theme. The search may finally be over. I think I’ve finally found a winner!
I chose Cleanr. It’s a straightforward theme that fits my strict aesthetic needs. I’m in love with the right rail, too! There you’ll find my Twitter updates, Flickr photos, and Google Reader shared items. I think it’s the best integration I’ve found yet. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about that space is that it’s prone to clutter.
I’m looking to add a Last.fm coverflow widget to share the albums I’m checking out on Lala.com. If you can recommend one with a layout similar to the Flickr widget, let me know!
On a parting note, I need to say that WordPress has really made it easy to update and change themes and widgets. I’m a total noob, yet I felt very comfortable trying things out in the new dashboard environment. It’s amazing!