A couple of weeks ago, I changed the theme of my blog (the “theme”, for anyone who is not familiar, is the template that creates the layout of a blog, the way it looks visually). Previously, I’d been using a theme called Vigilance, which I chose for its clean lines, minimalist style and simple appearance. I liked it a lot, but I was never happy about the sidebar — I always felt it was hard to see where one item ended and the next began.
So a couple of weeks ago, I went hunting for a new theme and found one I just loved — it’s called Under the Influence and I think it looks great! It has the same clean lines and simple style that the blog had before, plus a few really cool features like the nifty footer at the bottom of the page (You hadn’t see the footer? Ooh, quick!… scroll down and have a look! I’ll wait for you here). And I’m really happy with the new sidebar — much, much better.
But then, about four days after I installed the new theme, I realised it had one drawback: it’s really hard to see where to leave a comment. It’s in the small print and it’s just doesn’t stand out that much.
And that’s a huge drawback, because a blog is a two-way conversation, and the comments are the lifeblood of that conversation. I love hearing from you, reading your comments, and getting your feedback. And if it’s hard for you to see where to leave a comment, then all that is going to grind to a halt pretty quickly.
When I first realised, I thought about going back to the old theme …or maybe looking for yet another one. But I really like this theme in every other way besides the comment issue, and I’d really like to stay with it.
And I probably will, but I thought I’d ask you guys as well. Do you think the new theme makes it difficult to leave a comment? To read others’ comments? Do you find it confusing …or did you not even notice the change? Please leave a comment and let me know. Just click where it says “Leave a Comment” (or shows the number of comments) right at the end of this post.
Right there… No, it’s right there. See it? Down a bit, and over. Small type, in red. See it? There you go!