May 04 2008

BlogRant: I Feel Wrongly Entitled, So I’m Having a Contest

Published by at 9:41 pm under Uncategorized

Many readers of Currents have been kind enough to compliment the overall design of the blog. The design does meld functionality with style nicely for the most part. But one thing that hasn’t transitioned well since the switch to WordPress is the title.

No, I don’t want to change the actual name of the blog (again). I like the name Currents.

But the title is small, around 16 pt, and not particularly noticeable. I’d like to change it to something like Arial Black, 24 pt, possibly in fire truck red (but more likely remaining black), adapting the text height to ensure it the top of the new bigger title doesn’t get cut off. While I’m at it, I will also need some advice on how to adapt my sub-head if necessary. I need to know how to change the WordPress theme code for my title so I can go in and make the changes.

The first WordPress guru who can give me a step-by-step code edit process that works for editing my blog title will win the Currents Title Change Contest (yeah, well, it is what it is). Leave your code-altering suggestion in the comment for this post. If you can instruct me in how to make this change, I will donate $10 to a charity of your choice through GiveMeaning.

So… win ten bucks in karma, be recognized as a WordPress guru who likes to help hapless un-techie people. Thanks in advance for your help, y’all.

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4 Responses to “BlogRant: I Feel Wrongly Entitled, So I’m Having a Contest”

  1. Larry Yatkowskyon 05 May 2008 at 8:18 am

    I’m not big on clutter. Widgets and such are toys that distract from the blog and are a waste of page real estate. That is, unless you are hoping to turn it into a money machine in which case, fill your boots.

    Toast the header picture. IMO it really has no relavance to you as a word-smith, the topics you discuss or the style of your writing. Also stay with one font style in your column headings. It hurts the eyes.

    As for the title “brand” it up a bit, but not OTT. Some of the best designed blogs are minimalist but not to the extreme. I think this would upscale the cache of your thoughts.
    If this is brutal, I apologize.

    I’m just sayin…………..

  2. jnarveyon 05 May 2008 at 11:56 am

    Hmmm. I’ll have to give my new header picture a rethink, now that you bring it up. Thanks for the tip! But I think I may have worded my contest somewhat misleadingly (and will have to edit the rules a bit to clear it up).

    I’m actually dead-set on changing the code in my template to give myself a bigger title, possibly in a different font like Arial Black.

    I just don’t know how to change the template. If you do know how to manipulate the title code in the template, send in your suggestion and the $10 charity prize is yours.

  3. Larry Yatkowskyon 05 May 2008 at 5:27 pm


    I think an overtly large title would destroy the essence but a little bigger for those of us who are visually impaired would be nice.

    As for coding: to be succinct – not a clue. I’m disabled in that department. But I’m sure there are others who might be able to help.

    Have you given any thought to a logo? Something like 3 – 5 squiggly lines suggestive of a current.

  4. jnarveyon 05 May 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Hey Larry. I agree I don’t want an overly large title. But if I make a logo and paste in the image, I think it may no longer have an automatic link to my homepage (ie. if you’re reading an archived article, it’s easy to get back to my homepage by clicking the title at the top).

    So, for the coding, I’m just as clueless – hence, the contest. Hopefully, a WordPress geek will be kind enough to spend two minutes providing the answer.

    But perhaps for my image change, I could just have a water scene. I was hoping to keep SOMETHING that looks vaguely Vancouver-ish, since most of my posts are inspired by stuff that affects this city and the people who live here. Then again, maybe stressing the Vancouver connection is unnecessary and overdone?

    Hmmmmmmm… I guess it was time for a redesign, anyway.

    I’ll have to

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