As an ardent gardener, I was initially drawn to Word Press’s free Yoko Theme. The photograph of soft focus foliage has given my class project banner the perfect amount of alluring beauty and mystery.
However, as I read about its other features (http://wordpress.com/themes/yoko), I realized the lush imagery had seduced my judgment. I didn’t want a rotating slide show of my needlepoint designs to overwhelm my readers. I’ve learned they want to examine a single tapestry for a long period of time.
An $18.00 Word Press theme (Moka) also caught my eye. It’s too spare for my taste, but it would be perfect for a blogger who loves to shop at Crate and Barrel.
Moka’s drawing card is the opportunity to use big images for posts. The advertising at http://wordpress.com/themes/moka/ states:
“If you use featured images for your posts, the Moka theme really comes alive and you can include big thumbnails (1070px maximum width) for your single posts and the featured sticky note post on the custom front Page.”
Large scale photographs can greatly enhance on-line magazines. As I compared the advantages of the Yoko theme to the Moka theme I realized I was favoring a magazine format. If I didn’t want to bore readers with continuous journal-like posts of my weekly artistic progress, I could captivate them with news of inspiring books, relevant exhibitions throughout the nation, source information (like where I bought that rare Blue Poppy seed).
This was a complete surprise! An on-line periodical would give me the artistic freedom I craved.
Once realized, I knew I wanted to purchase the Zuki Word Press Theme. It costs $24.00.
Zuki seems to be a perfect match for my minimal computer expertise. It will allow me to create a custom front page. And it comes with a default blog layout for a main content and a sidebar area! (http://wordpress.com/themes/zuki)
I was especially drawn to the way the theme designers arranged the template for the front page. They placed the categories of the blog along a horizontal line in the same area a banner would be.
The words: Creative; Art; Travels; Design; Food; and Nature were written at this location with a soft focus font.
They also used graduated sizes of photos as small headers above a short explanatory sentence as the lead-in for featured articles. From what I could tell via my computer screen, this arrangement definitely creates a gorgeous table of contents.
(I imagine the table of contents format also minimizes routine scrolling through an entire issue. A reader could probably point and click to go directly to the chosen post.)
A note to my readers: This blog assignment was rather confusing to me. It’s taken me a while to realize I needed to write/publish class assignment posts through our https://uwdigipub.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post URL. Once I bought my domain name, and had access to two blog sites (not to mention my TypePad blog!), I was thrown into total ignorance/innocence. So this is a reblog. My first version was published at the jeanephillips site, on time, last week. Needless to say, I still have a lot to learn!