I’m still getting used to the layout of this site. I’ve been using Tumblr as my main blogging platform for so long that WordPress just seems so foreign and unusual to me. Nonetheless, I’m trying to get used to it by playing around with the different options that are featured.
I don’t do tutorials. I’d rather dive right in and try to figure things out on my own, which is what I did when I decided to customize the appearance of my website. I chose the Twenty Eleven Theme because it’s the same theme as the CT 101 class blog‘s and I really like how organized and appealing the posts look on it so I decided to use it as my blog’s theme.
I haven’t really played around with the plugins much but I did add a few widgets which created the “Archives” and “Categories” sections on the left side-menu of my blog. I added these to keep my posts organized and make things easier to find, both for myself as well as for whomever visits my blog.
The main personal changes that I made were my:
- background image
- header image
- “about” page
I actually had to edit the background image so that it becomes a repeating background when the “tiled” option is in place. I like it because it adds some texture to my page.
I changed my header image like 50 times (I kid you not). It was very difficult to decide whether I wanted it to relate to my blog name or be strictly for aesthetic purposes. I finally decided to go with an image of an actual black tidal wave, which is something else I had to edit to suit my website.
One of the first things I did when customizing my site was add an “About” page which I renamed to “Mini Autobiography” because I wanted to add some creative flare. It’s a very simple “About Me” that just states:
- what I’m majoring in
- what college I go to
- where I’m currently located
- links to my Tumblr and Flickr
- as well as my email address
This isn’t an online dating site so I figured short-and-sweet-to-the-point was a more appropriate approach.
I debated on whether or not I should include my Tumblr and Flickr pages but I finally decided to add them because I feel as though they are an extension of myself and definitely tie in with the type of content I want my website to reflect. I also think anyone who visits this blog can learn more about what type of artist/visionary I am by exploring those other domains that I have.