Keeping up Appearances

You may have noticed a transformation in the appearance of my blog over the past few days.  I had been considering making some changes for a few days, now that I am more comfortable with the inner workings of WordPress and now that the character of my blog has started develop a bit. I took action only when I came across a blog with a similar look. At that point, I thought I had better take some time to make this more me, more reflective of my writing.

When I began this blog, I thought I would write about my inner thoughts, mostly a journal, and that I would focus on the stress I was working my way through, perhaps helping others who were going through something similar. I certainly continue to journal, but I have also found may way back to writing short stories and, even less expected, poetry.

I hadn’t really written poems since I was in my last year of high school. At that time, they were inspired by Jim Morrison, both his writing and the writers who influenced him. I probably haven’t written short stories since then either, but somehow returning to writing fiction was less of a surprise to me. Perhaps I thought of my poem writing days as intrinsically linked to the Doors and I couldn’t quite imagine me writing in that style at this age.

I no longer write like Jim. I write like me. But interestingly, my poems are a bit like my rambling journal entries of my late teens and early twenties. I guess there is some consistency in my writing.

As for short stories, I had hoped that I would write a number of them as blog posts and then tie them all together into a novel. I’m not sure if that is where my writing is going, but there is no rush. I may get there eventually. I am working on the side on what could become a novel but I haven’t yet posted any of it here.

In the meantime, I am enjoying the opportunity to test out my ability to weave stories, to draw pictures with poetry and to continue to journal.

So, I began to look for pictures of white or silver leaves to replace the stock WordPress picture of ferns in a forest. Something more apropos for the Silver Leaf Journal. What I found in the end worked better as a background and for a day or so, I had no header picture, just a pure white page on a black background with silvery leaves. It was perfect.

But I noticed that in mobile mode, the leaves didn’t show. As much as I liked the look of a pure white page, I did want there to be a bit more to it. I’m not sure how many people blog or use the Reader on their mobile devices, but I do most of my blogging that way. Initially, I selected a picture of books in Dublin’s Trinity College Library as my header picture but it just didn’t seem to go with the leaves, as much as I love the Trinity Library.

For now, I have chosen a closeup of the silver leaves for the header picture. It’s consistent and works with the name of the blog. I may change it again. I think the creative output that is a blog extends beyond the words and pictures we may post, to the layout of the blog itself. It’s fun to be able to adjust it!

Anyway, now you know the many thoughts behind my blog’s changing appearance.

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2 thoughts on “Keeping up Appearances

  1. I think it looks nice. Great change! And it’s great to see how quickly your ideas have morphed on the purpose of the blog–I guess that’s what it’s all about. I have slowly seen that too; as I delve into more varied topics, it’s not so clear what I want to do with all of it, but at some point, I think the clarity will come and I’ll have been working towards something meaningful….well done, and I look forward to seeing more of your writing 🙂

    • Thank you so much! It’s very reassuring to hear that 🙂
      It’s definitely interesting to just let the thoughts and inspirations flow and then look back later to see how things have changed, and what patterns you’ve established without even noticing.
      I look forward to reading your posts as well, and am thrilled to finally have the time to comment on some of them – which I shall do soon!

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