Blog Wrangling

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Today, I spent $24 and about three hours “blog wrangling” as I call it. Fighting with CSS code to get my new WordPress.com theme “Zuki” to look the way I want it to look.

I’m not quite there yet, because I am not sure how I can get the featured image to NOT show up at the top of all the blog posts above the post title. If there are any professional blog wranglers reading who might now the CSS code for this, I would love your help! Otherwise, when I get home I’m going to consult the trusty WordPress forums.

Blog wrangling is something I’ve always loved to do. I’ve been messing with HTML and CSS on websites since I was in high school. I started out with an Angelfire site back in 1999, then used all sorts of other platforms like Diary-X, Livejournal, Blogger, and finally my own self-hosted WordPress and Squarespace sites.

I am NEVER satisfied with how my blog looks. I could tweak it and change it constantly and still wouldn’t feel like it was “finished.” But then, I think it’s fun to constantly change things. It’s satisfying to learn new bits of code and use them to achieve instant gratification of a job well done.

When the job is going well, of course.

Are you happy with your theme? What are some things you might like to change about it? You should let me know, maybe I can help!

13 Comments on “Blog Wrangling”

  1. Likes about my theme:

    The background color of the pages doesn’t change the color of the text at the same time. I like the break up between the grey background and white “posts”. I also like the fact that the comments in long conversations are very readable and clear, not right to single-column type after the fourth reply.

    Dislikes:

    Feels kind of clunky, not very streamlined. Not sure if that makes any sense, but that’s the best I can come up with.

    1. I think you would benefit from more of a magazine style blog. You have SO MUCH content and so much going on, so many different challenges and series that you do, I think a magazine theme for you would be a great way to showcase more of your work and photography rather than having a straight up two column blog. Not too many good free magazine themes though.

      1. Right, that’s what I was thinking, but I also don’t want a bunch of columns like…darn it, there’s on theme I like EXCEPT for the way the menus load and I lost it.

        Im willing to experiment, and I have the customization option at least. Any themes to try?

  2. I admire that you can change and streamline and code your own look, Cheney. And I’m jealous, I have to admit.

    Your house looks great, by the way.

    I spend the money for the customized theme package. And yet, really, all I really accomplish is have the extra storage space for all the photos I post and graphics I can peruse. When I found the look I liked, fonts I thought were readable, sidebars I thought were most utililararairian, I locked it in, and that was that was that.

    I don’t know code to change it any further. I don’t investigate how to learn html to see what improvements I could make. Although I am way into photography now, and am interested in and would love to be better at the graphic package, too, I spent the bulk of my formal education as a word man, and hence, that’s always been my primary focus.

    Cheney, if you sent me an email with any suggestions and specific tweaks, I’d listen, my friend.

    Thanks. 🙂

    1. I would be happy to do that Mark, I was thinking of offering some blog design services but would need to do some pro bono work to build up a portfolio first I think. I only have a few minutes before work to blog now, so I will be in touch later about that!

  3. I am pretty happy with my blogs look of course sometimes I look around and ponder but I did spend quite slot of time wrangling some months back. I’ve no idea about coding how do you learn? X

    1. I really like your blog, too. I love 3 column themes with the content in the middle, but I don’t feel like I have enough sidebar stuff yet to justify a three column theme. Basically I learn everything by “View Source” or “Inspect Element” when you right click. If you use Chrome and have Firebug installed, that is the best way to learn CSS for changing things on WordPress.

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