Blog Themes: It’s Like Trying on a New Dress

Do you think this is too much for a blog theme?

I figured it was time to work on a custom theme for my blog, because you know, I don’t have enough to do in the 15,000 things I need to get done in a week. Right now it’s 9:00 a.m. and I’m sitting at my computer still in my pajamas with a pile of laundry at my feet that would choke a hippogriff (shout-out to you, Harry Potter fans), a stack of bills on my desk just aching to be paid (and not enough money to pay them), and a neglected refrigerator full of odd-looking food items (at least they used to be food) that collectively smell like bad sour kraut mixed with dirty gym socks, neither of which I think is in the fridge (and honestly, that kind of scares me).

Yesterday I received notice of my 400th blog follower (Yeah! Thanks everyone!), so I decided my blog theme should look like I pay more attention to it than I do my perpetually unmade bed OR my refrigerator (also known as “The Rotter” at our house). I want to give my blog theme more personality, but at the same time I’m cheap, so I don’t want to pay for a custom theme–at least not right before my kids run off to college (which, as you know, will drain me of every cent). Nor do I want to spend inordinate amounts of time learning how to program in HTML or CSS so I can build my own blog page template, only to have it look like it was it was done by a gay auto mechanic on holiday in Brazil (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Since I’m ridiculously anal and over-think everything I’ve been “trying on” new blog themes all morning, like I was searching for the right prom dress. I want something simple, yet fun, but not too professional-looking, because after all this is a comedy blog. Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

So in an effort of camaraderie fellow bloggers I humbly seek your advice. Did you buy your blog theme off the rack or have something tailor-made to fit your personality? Or did you do a little of both by making alterations to something you bought that was prêt-à-porter? In other words, how did you decide upon your blog theme and how did you get it done without going crazy? And most importantly, are you happy with it? Feel free to post comments to enlighten me. As always I love hearing from you!


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Stacy Dymalski is a stand-up comic who gave up the glamorous life of coach travel, smokey comedy clubs, and heckling drunks for the glamourous life of raising kids (who happen to be bigger hecklers than the drunks). This blog is her new stage.

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