The moment you cease changing the way things look on your website or blog is the moment your visitor finds dynamic content elsewhere.
We hate stagnancy. We thrive on learning new words and behaviors.
We better ourselves with the changes we develop.
I changed the layout of this blog over two months ago using a very minimalist theme — but that one-column look is now gone, replaced with a still-minimalist but even cleaner layout.
This is Genesis.
When I went minimalist in January, removing the 4-plus-year-old Thesis framework from my blog, I replaced it with a very basic theme.
There was no sidebar or top menu bar.
The ability to have threaded comments was lost.
There were opportunities for me to code my own CSS and PHP to make my site look like something worthy to win a design award. But, I’m not a web developer. I am a tinkerer. I quickly grew tired scouring Google for lines of code to paste into the WordPress editor.
They encouraged other bloggers to follow them to Genesis.
When Rae Hoffman explained why Genesis is nicer than Thesis (which is where I was the past four years) I was hooked. I followed their lead on April Fool’s Day and set up the Genesis framework with the Focus child theme.
My blog is changing focus.
She has a lot more in the sidebar and a few snazzy images before and after each post. In time, our blogs will diverge with content and colors.
Features are coming and going as I experiment with plugins, widgets, and basic coding changes. Today, there is a sign up form on the right sidebar to enable you to receive new blog posts by email. Below every post today, you see a different form so you can join my email newsletter community.
I might switch the forms tomorrow.
I might not. Time will tell.
Stay tuned as I change this blog’s focus…