Clean, simple, elegant; those are what make a webpage attractive and easy-to-read. For far too long, I’ve been waiting for the perfect theme to go with this blog. Today while giving another go at the Theme Gallery, I’ve found what I wanted. Gone are the days when I wanted to show as much information as possible on the sidebars of the blog. There was a time even three-columned designs felt short as I couldn’t show enough information on the either side of the main post column.
But as it continuously becomes more difficult to keep readers on board, simpler, neater, and minimal design approaches work best. That’s why I’ve been looking for a theme that showed my main content — blog post — to the reader without much distractions. I had only two requirements in mind: great typography and clean-yet-attractive outlook of the overall theme. With Custom Design Upgrade that WordPress.com offers, I could easily get a custom font on any theme that I wanted — most notably Expound, a theme that I really like. But I didn’t want to pay just yet; not until I had a reasonable number of readers on a daily basis!
With this theme, I’m happy. It gets me a great typography in a really minimal design that doesn’t distract the readers. Add that to the responsiveness of this theme, and I can finally turn off the mobile viewing option of WordPress.com — which is great for themes that aren’t responsive — and give my readers the same experience across all devices and screen sizes.
Oh, and did I tell you that a clean design with an amazing typography also inspires my inner [writer] self to write more? Yeah, that’s true. When you see your writings looking great, it inspires you to write more. I’m not sure if that is just me or everyone out there, please let me know in the comments if that is something that motivates you.
If you want to find out, consider changing the theme of your blog to something simpler with great typography. If you’re hosted on WordPress.com, a free place to get started with blogging right away, here’s the theme gallery with some great themes to choose from!
Update: After switching the theme, I’ve switched to Expound theme, the theme that I was talking about in the original post. So if you’re reading this now, you’re likely to see a different theme than the one that was originally active when this post was written. Nevertheless, I like the look of this blog now. What do you think?