Sometimes, changing our site’s look can re-energize our blogging — and our readers.
You must’ve heard it time and again: choosing a theme is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a blogger. After all, your site’s design greatly affects how your visitors experience the content you’ve worked so hard to create.
Are you thinking of switching themes but aren’t sure where to start? Visit our Theme Showcase, where you can search for themes by specific features and layouts (among other criteria), as well as their recency and popularity.
But settling on a theme doesn’t mean you have to stick with it forever. Very often, it takes a bit of trial and error before your posts and your theme coalesce into harmony. Don’t take our word for it — here are four bloggers reporting on the difference they’ve experienced after switching themes.
Recently, I totally rebooted my entire site [with the Penscratch theme]. I’ve followed Blogging 201, and I love it. The reason I did this was to make my blog more inviting to others. I’d like them to feel comfortable there, as if they were in my home where they could relax, have a cup of tea, and discuss everything.
I think/hope that it draws in readers too.
I love the way that switching to this theme has inspired me to think ‘visual’ as well as ‘words,’ and I’m putting far more thought into featured images.
Overall, switching to this theme has rekindled my pride in my blog. To most of my readers, the look of my blog (along with its content) is all they see of my personality. It’s important to get it right.
I changed my blog’s theme to Fontfolio recently, which has had a big impact on my traffic. I’m really enjoying meeting other creative people and cross-pollinating ideas and inspiration. My day job is office-based, so I really need the blogging world to keep me sane and to satisfy my creative drive.
I was recently inspired by discovering the theme Hemingway Rewritten; it’s so clean and well presented that I’ve started increasing the sizes of the pictures I post and making my blog more visual.
When’s the last time you switched your theme? What effect, if any, has the change had on your blogging? Leave us a comment here, and/or share your story on the My Inspiration page!