I’ve now separated out my blog from updates to my portfolio, though new content will continue to show up on the home page and in RSS feeds, I think creates an easier division between my promotional: look where I was published! and more introspective: essays about what’s going on in the world and my life, and my photos of my totes adorbs cats.
The theme I’m using is called Tracks, by Compete Themes. I chose it because it’s bold, yet simple. Like most themes these days, it’s responsive, and looks good on tablets and smartphones in addition to desktops or laptops.
I like the way Tracks uses feature images, both on the index and archive-style pages the images are shown opposite the category, title, and excerpt. (Click around to see what I mean by this.) When you mouse over the images on the main index and archive-style pages you zoom in a bit. It’s boxy and a little gimmicky, but I like it. For single posts, the feature image heads the article before drawing the reader down to the category, title, and content. I can see this affecting the way I use images on this site going forward, and I apologize if things look a little weird in the archives now. I’m slowly working my way through and fixing this where I can.
On the top bar I’ve separated out my pages: About, Services, Testimonials, Contact, and added a link for the personal blog. On the right are social media links and the search box. On the lower bar I have my three portfolio categories: Articles, Poetry, and Reviews.
The original Tracks theme was a little dark for my purposes, so I created a child theme to lighten it, and play with some of the formatting choices Compete Themes had made. Tweaking the design will be an on-going process, but let me know what you think of it, and if you have any ideas of where I can improve.