Kelly of WAHMTalkRadio has been blogging over at WAHM 2.0 on the Sparkplugging blog network. I didn’t read Sparkplugging very much before the name change (the site was previously emomsathome) but with all the news about the name change, I’m a reader now. Of course I read the Craft Boom blog too.
Kelly posted a Blog Reader Challenge and one of the questions is:
How often do you like to change the look of your blog?
Once I find a theme I like, I tend to stick with it for quite a long while. The problem I have is the code and being able to do the technical work by myself. I have a test blog that is loaded with all the free themes I like to use, then once I decide on one I’ll tweak it until I am satisfied. Of course considering I’ve been working on tweaking a theme for a few months now, I know it’s easier on me to find someone else to do a theme for me.
The current theme I have was done by Shannon at PHAT Mommy Designs. I don’t think she is taking any clients at this time, but I love what she did. I sent her a photo from istockphotos and told her what I wanted, and that was that! She also did the theme I am using over at my weight loss blog. I love that theme, I can see myself using that for a long time. When I was pregnant last year, Shannon changed the header to say “gaining” – it was a cute header and she did it very quickly.
The theme at my craft podcast was tweaked by FreshNets. I really love the magazine style theme for that site. I was walked through the customization and was also taught how to tweak various things on the blog. I love how easy it was to learn and how comfortable I feel making changes. I won’t be changing that theme any time soon!
I’ve been working on changing a free theme for this blog for a few months now. It’s the polaroid theme – yep, the very popular polaroid theme. The one that once I had been tweaking it for a month or so, I was seeing everywhere. It’s like when you like a certain kind of car or a friend gets pregnant – suddenly everyone is pregnant and driving that car! I stopped tweaking that theme and am going to look for a designer to work with soon.