What Does Your Theme Say About You?

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in the midst of creating a new blog that will highlight my professional rather than my personal side. I started with purchasing my domain name (karenshaffer.com) and setting up hosting (godaddy with WordPress integration).

Now, just need to pick a theme and tweak it a little to create the perfect marriage between form and function–and then start blogging.

Easier said than done.

After compiling a list of “must have” attributes, reviewing many “best free WordPress themes” lists, previewing hundreds, downloading several, I have finally arrived at my top choice (Simple Balance 2.2 by Blogsessive)…for now.

Why is your theme choice such an important decision?

Because it is a statement about who you are.

Sure content, user-friendliness and all the back end tracking and analyzing tools are important, but your “theme” says a lot about you and how you will be perceived by your readers. It’s all about first impressions.

So what do you want your theme to say about you? Are you bold and confident? A colorful character? Or are you more subdued? Do you prefer complicated over simple? Are you reserved or outgoing? Are you conversation starter or a contributor?

Augh..with so many choices, I’m not sure I’ll ever find my perfect theme, but I think I’m close–I have chosen a crisp, clean theme with strong, but calming colors and I have created a title and tag line that effectively illustrates my focus, but with a slightly humorous edge. Yep, I think that sums me up real good.

So what does your theme say about you?

Karen Shaffer

Karen Shaffer was born and raised in Massachusetts. She is an active blogger and new media junky with over 15 years of content development and customer relations management expertise. She's currently working as a writer for an interactive media agency in the Boston area. 

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  5 comments for “What Does Your Theme Say About You?

  1. September 10, 2009 at 4:50 am

    A lot Karen!

    I most definitely agree with you that the choice of WordPress themes is still somewhat limited.

  2. September 11, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Hi Karen,
    I like your new theme! Very clean and crisp looking and very easy to read. I have been wanting to use the “Thesis” theme and update my site, but did not realize that it was a premium theme and you have to purchase it…ugh. However, I’m still on the hunt and hope to find something really cool soon.

    Good post dear and make it a great day!

    Deb :)

  3. September 13, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    It was daunting picking a theme and I’m not sure yet that I got the perfect or right one for me, but it was time to move on and get writing rather than theme surfing. When I was a Typepad user (which I still love) and started exploring WordPress, I was daunted by the themes and the way they were displayed. I didn’t know what to do with the codes. Going through GoDaddy did make the process easier, although there are trade-offs as well.

    A great topic, because the wealth of themes actually slowed me down in launching a WordPress blog. If you want to get started blogging, don’t get bogged down by the themes. Perhaps start in Typepad first. It turns out the exporting function from one platform to another is a breeze — giving you lots of time to ponder the perfect WordPress theme while typing away in Typepad.

  4. September 19, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    When I chose my Word Press theme, Red Essence, I knew in advance that I wanted a bold color. Also, I wanted it to be dynamic and Red Essence allows for rotating images. I’m in the communications business so I felt it was important to make a bold statement. Take a look at http://writespeaksell.com. I’d welcome your feedback.

  5. September 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

    THANK YOU! I thought it was just me. I started blogging a whole week & half ago (LOL) and not only was choosing a theme daunting and time consuming but trying to understand all the plugins, etc didn’t make it any easier. At one point I had to “quit fooling around with all the options and just launch the blog already!”
    I did, knowing I did not yet have the perfect theme, not even one I greatly enjoyed. So, I’m still looking, still playing with the options.
    My question to you more experience folks is – changing a theme midway is not an issue? Just activate a new one and keep plugging like it never happened?
    Thanks for the post Karen, made my day.:-)
    Monica F
    http://www.opsrocks.com/

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