I’m not going to quit blogging. I enjoy it too much.
In fact, my hiatus from blogging is related to blogging, especially blog design.
Almost 3 years ago, I started using the Thesis blog “theme,” by DIY Themes, which is now in use for all of our active blogs. I have been very pleased with what I’ve been able to do with it, yet have been looking forward to the much anticipated release of Thesis 2.0.
Thesis 2.0 was released almost 6 weeks ago – and I’ve been hugely disappointed for much of the time since then.
It is totally different from earlier releases and I was initially able to do almost nothing with it – and supporting documentation on how to work with it was totally nonexistent.
After a couple of days of trying to figure something out by myself or via the Thesis support forum, I finally gave up almost totally, except for checking the forum occasionally to see if there was anything new.
Needless to say, I was pretty frustrated.
A few days ago I started looking at it again. There are now several unofficial Thesis 2.0 resources and I’ve learned a lot viewing and studying a couple of them. In fact, I learned enough to start building a new blog template – almost from scratch!
It’s not much right now – just the blog header and a sample navigation menu – but it’s a start to learning how to use something that may be a real “game-changer” in blog design.
I can now see that Thesis 2.0 is a blog design framework that opens up blog – and web page – design to new possibilities. However, users have to know more about how web pages work to use it. They don’t have to write the actual HTML or CSS, but they need to understand the structure of both to a degree.
And rather than try to keep posting material on a semi-regular basis, I’m taking some time to learn how to use and apply Thesis 2.o.
I’ll still be posting, but, for the immediate future, it will not be 3 or 4 times a week.
I’m not going away, just doing some self-study learning.