If you visited my blog at any point this weekend, and remained there for any length of time, you probably got wind that something was amiss as graphics, layout, and photos bounced around in chaos. 

It started when I woke up Sunday morning and suddenly hated my blog design. It just wasn’t satisfying me the way it used to, and I couldn’t deny it any longer. 

I think I’ve known for some time now, but breakups are difficult and I didn’t want to deal with the backlash that was sure to follow. 

At first I thought it was me, not the theme, so I headed to Canva to create new graphics. I researched, I designed, and then I redesigned. I rearranged and reconfigured. But the site just wouldn’t look the way I wanted it to. 

Feeling the gravity of the situation, I headed to sleep on Sunday night determined to make a change in the morning. I knew what was coming. I would have to break up with my theme. 

Monday morning dawned and I decided to speed date through the WordPress themes. This was unnerving. How could I possibly choose a theme based on so little information? I don’t know what these themes do in secret.  

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What to do when you are tired of your blog theme and need to find a new one.If you’ve ever gone theme shopping before, you know it is very exciting while being unnerving and frustrating at the same time. Themes take some getting used to and I was not ready to learn the habits of a new one. And with so many themes available, how was I supposed to narrow it down?

First I went on Google and Pinterest and looked at different blog designs. When I liked one, I tried to note the individual design elements I liked. I discovered I like a clearly defined sidebar with clean lines. I also liked light colors and clear print. I made these things a priority when looking at themes, because pictures, graphics, and a header could all be designed outside of the theme and added to it. 

I finally found a few themes to install and try out. WordPress allows you to “preview” themes before making them live. So I inserted my data into a few themes and Powen Lite is the one I ended up choosing.

There are some glitches I’m waiting to hear back on (two weird menus in upper left hand corner, “Sorry, no posts matched your criteria” quote above content, and all my tags showing) but otherwise I am really happy with it. 

The theme automatically matched the colors to my header/logo, and there’s an upgraded version I can purchase should I want more features in the future… although I don’t see that happening anytime soon. 

But I am REALLY happy with how it turned out, and I keep clicking back to my home page to look at it again. So glad I took the leap and broke up with my old theme. It was good to me while it lasted, but it was time to move on.

-Tara

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