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New Year, New Look

ryuI’ve had my personal blog for about 4 years now and have finally decided to upgrade to a newer look and something that’s responsive (i.e. reads well on all screen sizes). Anyone who’s had a blog knows how fun and how terrible choosing a theme is. There are probably millions of options out there, paid and free, and I always struggle with how much I do on my own, since “web stuff” is kind of my job. The reality is I don’t have enough free time to design a theme and if I’m being completely honest, I could spend days and days doing something that probably wouldn’t be much better than something that’s already out there.

With every theme there are its own quirks to get used to and it takes a little time to figure out all the features, templates, and styles. Inevitably I also end up tweaking the stylesheet and a few of the php files, at least a little, to accommodate those personal preferences that I just can’t let go of.

So here it is, the new hokament. I’m now using the Ryu theme by Takashi Irie from Automattic. It’s still simple and obviously bolder/easier to read, and the best part is it scales well (in my opinion) on mobile devices. I’ll probably be making minor tweaks here and there, but I hope you like it, and if you don’t, well, I hope you stick it out and still read my blog anyway.

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  • Bonnie Kaplan

    I love it Luke. I hear you. I moved to a WordPress Premium appearance as a great way to showcase my photos. I’ve been loving it! Good luck with yours

  • dogtrax

    I like simple and bold. :)

    • luhoka

      Thanks Kevin:-)

  • http://stevejmoore.com Steve J. Moore

    Looks good my friend!

  • Kim Douillard

    I base my blog reading decisions on content…but a simple, clean design is always a bonus! Choosing a theme is hard. I think my choice was simply an accident! (Makes me think about why I might have chosen it…I think it worked with my “vision” of what my blog should look like and what widgets it would support!)

    • luhoka

      I agree, content is (should be the most) important, but I’m such a visual person, that if the design doesn’t grab my eye (or at least not irritate me), I may just skip it. I’m kind of shallow in that regard:-)

  • luhoka

    Thanks Steve!

  • luhoka

    Thanks Bonnie! I did notice your blog’s new look and dug it. At least w/ premium themes you get support and sometimes extra functionality.

  • Britton Gildersleeve

    Looks good, Luke. I had almost no control over my blog looks. The downside of being part of a host site… Luckily, folks do come back, despite how little the theme looks like me. :)

    • luhoka

      A testament to the content, Britton:-)