Goodbye, Liquorice.

Your eyes do not deceive you; things look different around here.

I hadn’t touched the design of this blog since I launched it in February 2012, in keeping with my general attitude of “if it ain’t broke, don’t break it.” (This is the same attitude I bring toward blinds, kitchen cabinets, clothing … pretty much everything, really.)

As a word guy, I always figured the words were supposed to be the star of the blog, and the design was just a casing wrapped around the outside.

Plus, I figured if I stuck with a moldy old design long enough, it would eventually swing back around and become, if not cool, at least some sort of retro-distinctive.

Not sure what changed my mind. Maybe it was the realization that this is my last remaining active social media presence, so I ought to freshen it up. (Well, this and LinkedIn, but I don’t use LinkedIn too actively. I’m not interested in convincing people I worked with 15 years ago that I am a Thought Leader.)

So, kind of on a whim, I picked a different design. I don’t love everything about this one, but it works well enough for my purposes, I think. I’m not done screwing around with it, so you might see new touches show up here or there as time elapses.

I’m also toying with the idea of paying whatever WordPress’s annual fee is, so that the cheesy ads go away.

Sometimes those actively bother me — I loathe those kinds of ads when I see them on other websites, and I don’t love the fact that they’re on my own little corner of the Internet.

At other times I am proud of my low-rent-ness. I drink cheap beer, I play cheap guitars, I eat store-brand cereal, and I run a free blog. It’s consistent with my personal brand, y’know? It just so happens that the price of a free blog is those stupid ads … but I imagine my readers are smart enough to pay them no mind and just keep scrolling.

Anyhow, I did a little Googling and found the announcement — from March 2011 — in which WordPress announced the launch of my old template, which was called Liquorice. Kinda funny to look at the launch announcement when it was new and fresh and exciting. I think it is now retired; you couldn’t choose it now if you wanted to.

On rolls time.

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