Bloody shovel

Don't call it a spade


I’m thinking of a redesign for the blog. Any suggestions for a nice theme?

28 responses to “Design

  1. djz242013 July 11, 2017 at 15:40

    something that looks similar to github markdown documents

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  3. rcglinski July 11, 2017 at 16:22

    Maybe go for a more cheerful tone. “Don’t worry, you won’t drown, tons of people are on the way to save you.” Have you considered trying to hawk your own line of vitamin supplements and energy drinks? And what’s with the whole anonymity thing? That’s so much social status you’re leaving on the table.

    Seriously though, I support the current layout. The color scheme is easy on the eyes, there are no obnoxious ads, pages load quickly. The blog is very accessible.

  4. guest July 11, 2017 at 17:12

    if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This current theme even works without javascript!

    Don’t go Web 2.0, i beg you, it can only turn out slower and less responsive.

    • parisian July 11, 2017 at 22:45

      I like it as is too, simple but not shabby. Never thought about it, though. Only thing I wish could be different is ability to ‘Reply’ to someone without a cutoff after 3 or 4, but that may be the way WordPress is. Sometimes a reply to someone is intended, and it isn’t understood to be, because gets thrown down in vague space.

  5. jcoors (@JMS2055) July 11, 2017 at 19:04

    who cares. just post more.

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  7. Fellow reactionary brony July 11, 2017 at 19:39

    Spandrell I understand you are a longtime brony,just have it in the color scheme of your favorite pony,there’s nothing to it! /) *awaits brohoof*
    Fellow reactionary brony,out.

  8. Karl July 12, 2017 at 08:05

    Please don’t. The design is fine. Don’t make a change if there is no need. Neomania is as seductive as progressivsm, but you should know about the dangers of either.

    • spandrell July 12, 2017 at 08:39

      Thing is, this theme has been deprecated so I don’t have much of a choice here.

      • Karl July 12, 2017 at 09:53

        What do you mean with “this theme”? Who has disapproved? How can you have “not much of a choice”? You don’t have a boss or a paying customer who has to be kept happy.

        Seriously, I like the design as it is. The above comments show that other readers share my opinion. It usually annoys me if blog designs change. I read a blog for the connent. Any change distracts from the content, makes is slightly harder to find the content as I first have to get used to the new design.

        • spandrell July 12, 2017 at 09:55

          WordPress has design templates they call “themes”. This one has been deprecated so I need to find a new one.

          And this is a damn blog, how hard can it be to find the content? Don’t worry, I’m not planning anything flashy. But some visual improvement could be nice.

  9. With the thoughts you'd be thinkin July 12, 2017 at 18:56

    Whatever theme you choose could you have your site display catergories or tags? Here is some suggestion for themes, what about Bhari if you want continuity or Syntax if you want change or pick Blankstate if you just want to mess with us.

  10. Dividualist July 13, 2017 at 12:21

    Black on white, paper/mag looking, close to basic HTML, respectable, perhaps with a huge bloody mouthed vampire artwork on top to make it not overly respectable.

  11. Wency July 13, 2017 at 12:39

    Personally, I’m a big fan of the white-on-black of e.g. Xenosystems. It’s objectively easier on the eyes to look for points of light in darkness than points of darkness in light. Stars are easier to see than sunspots. A computer monitor is not a piece of paper.

    Also it fits the somewhat “black pill” theme here.

    • spandrell July 13, 2017 at 15:11

      Thing is many people use OS-level software to invert colors at night; so that every website ends up white on black. In that case Xenosystems would became the other way around, which is a major problem. I find grey to be a good compromise.

      • parisian July 13, 2017 at 16:09

        Grey could probably work very well if you really don’t like this. I’m used to the Xenosystems black-on-white, but never really liked it that much. Your kinds of posts are often very different and you use more pictures. I don’t pay much attention to the pictures he puts up, bbecause they’re much more effective on the white as you’ve done them.

  12. Sam J. July 15, 2017 at 04:46

    Racing stripes. Flames.

    • Sam J. July 15, 2017 at 05:01

      OK being serious I looked at free themes and “Ever After” is for weddings and says,”subtle but gorgeous textures and ornaments.”. I’m betting you could get a nice parchment look. I happen to like a book look online. Also says,”…wide one-column layout…” which is what you have now. See if you like it.

      So I look at the demo and it’s, it’s well weddingly but I think there’s some value in having a wedding theme for a site called bloody shovel.

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