A few months ago I spent a several days experimenting with the look and feel of Trent’s World (the Blog). After a while I settled on an idea I thought was pretty good. I’m now going through Word Press’ Blogging 201 exercises about branding and have decided to tweak my blog’s look a bit.
First, I’m sure you noticed I’m saying “Trent’s World (the Blog)” instead of “Trent’s World Blog”. A few comments about that. Back in the 1990’s I developed a web site, Trent’s World. When I made the blog I decided it should be an extension of the web page. I haven’t updated the web page in years so at this time I haven’t connected them up, but I eventually will. The web page will be for static ideas while the blog will continue as I’ve been using it. Somebody pointed out that “Trent’s World Blog” can easily be taken as a blog about the world, i.e. travel. “Trent’s World (the Blog)” on the other hand specifically tells you that this is a blog about Trent’s world, which is the stuff that goes on between my ears. I had used “(the Blog)” format in my header so changing the site name was a no brainer.
More noticeable may be the new header. Somebody else pointed out that the header looked like something from the 1990s. Well, it was. The image used in the header was the original header for Trent’s World that I made in 1996. After almost 20 years it’s time to change.
I really love my little self-portrait so I wanted to incorporate it. (If you didn’t see the post, the image was a pencil drawing that I painted on the computer.) I also wanted to use the “Dabbler” image. People seem to like it. I’ve used it on 2 posts and both times had a lot of comments. As one person pointed out, it really is about how my blog works. So, I combined the two, making “me” a “planet” or world. Do you like the image? Less 1990s?
I also cleaned up the font a little. Not as artsy, but cleaner. I may change the font on the header later. What do you think? Do you like the header font?
I may make some more changes in the future to the look and feel.
Quick question – I used to have a music player on the right sidebar that allowed you to play some of my music. The problem was it took the site longer to load. Knowing that it takes longer to load, do you like the idea of a music player that is always accessible on my blog?
Let me know what you think!