So I’m thinking about swapping the Hemingway theme this site is styled with for another. Don’t get me wrong: I think Hemingway is one of the only interesting things to happen to blog design in about five hundred years, a fairly serious aesthetic and conceptual advance.
The trouble is that I don’t like the way Hemingway is configured on WordPress-hosted blogs, one of which this happens to be. You don’t get nearly as much flexibility as the theme is actually capable of offering – e.g., neither the line length of the two lead stories, nor the way they render tags when displayed on the front page, can be customized. And that results in an unacceptable user experience.
By contrast, Hemingway in other hosting environments is far more flexible, and it results in better-looking sites. It can be hacked and tweaked like any other skin, and in the hands of someone with a discerning eye, the results can be lovely: look at what Christina Ray and Joey Roth did with theirs.
If I can’t do something like that, I’d rather at least offer Speedbird in a wrapper that doesn’t impose quite so many constraints. So I’d like to ask you to nominate a few WordPress themes you think might suit. And we’ll take it from there.
In other WordPress news, I figured out how to disable the Snap preview that was driving me crazy (and apparently all of you as well). Enjoy!
And finally, while we’re doing meta, I wanted to welcome a comparative flood of new readers to Speedbird: my bike messenger piece from the other day got picked up by SF Fixed Gear and Bike Forums, from which I got a ton of traffic. (If you follow the links, you’ll see what happens when a dense piece of writing meant for a very few people is encountered by an audience equipped with bullshit detectors locked on “high.”)
OK, that’s enough from me for right now. I’ve got a pile of work and writing to get done before heading to Geneva for LIFT next week. Have fun, and stay warm.
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