I needed a new theme. I was getting pretty tired of Ocean Mist. I’d had it for about a year and actually went through all 4 seasons of “streams.” (Do you remember what they were?) And so, since summer is just around the corner, I decided it’s time for a change. Plus, WordPress.com has introduced a butt-load of new themes in the past few months. Of course, none of them meet with all my requirements, so I still have to “settle.”
Of course, I could to create a “stand-alone” blog on my website. Oops! Except that I no longer have a website. (Which means I need to update my links.) My domain name expired (the hosting company forgot to tell me until it went into “recovery” mode, whereby I’d have to pay $80 for something that should have cost $10). So I canceled the account. I really liked the company, but I’ve had 2 bad experiences with them recently, so I decided to cut my losses. I’d still like to have a web presence (other than here), but I’m not sure where to go. I’m always a little leery before making the commitment, even though my experiences always been pretty good.
WP.com offers the ability to create your own blog theme, but it costs about $15 a year per blog. That seems a little steep to me when I can get my own domain name for $10 a year. Oops! I’m comparing apples to oranges. What I need to compare is the yearly cost of hosting, anywhere from $50 on up (except you often have to pay for a 2 year commitment) to the cost of custom CSS. When you look at it that way, $15/year isn’t so bad.
Interestingly, this theme has allowed me to design something very similar to one I was (half-heartedly) working on. Except that they put the sidebar in the footer! That’s just wrong! Then again, people are supposed to read the blog, not click to go elsewhere, right?
So, any bets on how long this theme will last?