Did you notice that something seems different about Anime Viking? Well, that is because it is different! There has been a theme switch and now everything is fresh and sparkly. But that is not all. There will also be some other, smaller, changes. Hit the jump to find out what!
The New Theme
When I started this blog back in October 2011, I decided to stick with the theme “MistyLook”. The reason for this was that it was simple, clean and had a good text width and spacing, making it easy to read the posts. As a pleasant bonus, it was not overused in the anime blogosphere. Simply put, it was a great theme.
However, it did have a catch: it was not the prettiest theme around. It had bland colors and I often felt it looked a tad bit outdated. The worst part was that it was impossible to find a fitting background to it. Using a static color made it look even duller and the lack of decent background pictures made me resort to sticking with a mediocre Natsume Yuujinchou picture. Not really the best choice, but it worked. It was functionality over form.
But those days are now over. After having searched and tested all free themes WordPress.com had to offer, I got attached to “Dusk to Dawn” and decided that this would be the new theme for Anime Viking. It had nearly everything as my previous did and a little more! A great find. Let us list the positives and negatives:
- Pro: Clickable header
- Pro: It looks good, especially the sidebar
- Pro: Everything in the sidebar is listed properly thanks to delicious bullets
- Pro: The comment section is easier on the eye and it is easier to distinguish comments
- Pro: The background, being “gritty”, works well with static colors
- Pro: The width is the same as before, but now the letters are a wee bit larger and have a slightly increased line-height, resulting in a “fluffier” text that is not as compressed
- Con: On the other hand, this makes the posts (and the sidebar) seem longer than they are, which can be off-putting
- Pro: This means I can write shorter posts and you will not notice anything
- Con: The “vines” at the top of the blog are not removable
- Con: The “Category” section is still messed up
Overall, this is a good theme. Yes, I had to create a custom menu and add RSS-buttons as they were not featured in the theme itself, but those are merely minor changes.
Furthermore, I have now made commentator avatars visible under the “Recent Comments” section in the sidebar. Now you can easily see if anyone new has made a comment since you last visited!
In the near future I will do some other changes. These include removing the replacing the Twitter section with a subscribe button and, perhaps, removing the “Recent Posts” section. After all, why have it when it is just as easy to scroll down a little to see the five latest posts? These two changes would open up much needed space in the sidebar! No reason to keep it cluttered, is there?
The last change will be getting rid of the header text, aka the blog title. Instead, it will be put inside the banner itself. Somehow. I do not have proper software to do this decently, so if someone did it for me I would be grateful! Otherwise much time will be spent in Paint…
Finally, the ultimate question still is: do you like this new theme or not? Please, provide your thoughts!
Trying Out Posts
Ever since I started blogging, much focus has been on editorials. Now I would like to try some other things besides those. It may be shorter posts concentrating on a smaller idea, doing interviews, testing to do an episodic post or something else! It could be anything, really. My idea is to simply not be stuck in the same thing forever, but to instead let loose a little. Now, we will have to see what this actually means. Maybe there is something you would like to see? If so, just tell!
Would YOU Like to Do a Collaborative Post?
This is something I have always wanted to try. Together with another person, we create some sort of post about anything possible. Do you want to discuss about a certain series, or possibly a particular thing about anime? The ideas are endless.
If anyone feel interested in this, and got an idea of a potential post, just contact me! I would love to do it if we could get along well.
Do you like the sound of all this? Tell me what you think!