A Day Zero Project goal of P.J.’s has been completed!
Goal completed: Tweak my blog in some way (look, design, social media icons etc.)
Date completed: October 15, 2015
Description: I liked the look of my website and blog before, but I thought it needed some “sprucing” up. I had wanted to do this for a while, but I didn’t know what to do. Maybe just a logo? Some new icons. Turns out I had the chance to do even more. See below.
Why I wanted to do it: Though I liked the simple look of the last theme, the reality is this — if you never change, it gets boring. I liked the look, but I thought it needed something more. I have been going back and forth for several years about things. I actually always wanted a custom theme, but it’s hard to justify spending upward of $400 or more on a custom theme when you don’t make any money off your blog. So it was back to deciding some small things instead.
How I did it: I had some issues with my web host (eventually, a blog post detailing that two-week span of hell will be coming). When things seemed to get back to normal, I got a white screen for my blog. Then they restored from a day earlier and the site was fine. Twenty minutes later, it was back to being white. Apparently, the theme I had was all of a sudden causing problems. Mind you it never had before, but they moved me to a new server and such and all of a sudden, issues. Probably my fault (that’s what I would figure… because that’s the way they make it sound. Remember, when companies tout their own customer service, then basically ignore your tickets and make it sound like it’s your fault… well, maybe it’s time to start wondering), but either way, I needed to do something.
So, with a basic WordPress theme in place, I went searching to see what I could find. What you see here is what I came up with. A relatively inexpensive theme (it was less than $40) with a lot of options I’ve wanted, yet it still keeps that “blog” feel. I love the look. It’s a little more “whimsical” than my last one and I really like the feel. There’s a lot more to it and after November (work and a major personal project), I plan to look at it a lot closer and see about making it a little more “me.”
In the end, things worked out so that I got a new look that I like. I wish this goal had been completed a little bit on my own accord, rather than kind of having my “hand forced.” Still, it ended up working out well and I’m quite happy with how it looks.
About P.J.’s Day Zero Project: Day Zero is a project where people come up with 101 things to do over 1001 days. I started the project on August 1, 2014 with an anticipated finish date of April 28, 2017. Goals will not be revealed until they are completed. A private list is at the Day Zero website and the list will be made public upon completion of the project. It’s my thoughts that if things are kept private, should I not do them, change or find a way around it, I’d only be cheating myself.