Why I changed my WordPress theme and look

When I started this blog, I wanted to make it a retro blog that reflected the days when we used manual typewriters. I’m not the world’s best graphic designer, but after a few tries, this was the header I came up with:

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I kept it for a long time, but something always bothered me about it. For one thing, it was too retro and there’s no denying the manual typewriter has gone the way of the dinosaur in our digital age. For another thing, my site looked a little depressing. Gray isn’t the best color for a website. I looked around for a more cheerful image and my current header image is what I came up with. It’s a picture of Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, my current home.

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I also changed my subtitle from “random ramblings” to “life from a different perspective.” The second one was my original choice, but I changed it to random ramblings because that seemed to be what I was doing: writing whatever came into my head. “Life from a different perspective” is better, I think, because:

  1. Expat living changes your perspective on life and
  2. I’ve always had a different perspective on life.

Between living outside of my native country (the US) since 1985 and having had a different perspective on life since about 1969, I have many things I want to communicate from my point of view. For a while, many of my posts were rants about the things that are wrong in the world today. I don’t want to do that right now. I’d rather share positive insights than feed the negativity that is so prevalent in the world today. I still have strong opinions about the so-called “War on Terror,” GMOs, the corporate takeover of the world, etc. One day it dawned on me that complaining wasn’t the best way to approach these issues. I’d rather focus on increasing compassion and cooperation. These are the only things that will heal our sick world, in my opinion.

So I changed my header image and then I changed my WordPress theme. I don’t know if it’s better, but I like the color scheme and the layout, so I’ll try it for a while. So, if you’re one of the few return visitors to my site, whose readership plummeted after all my sites got hacked, now you know why it looks different. I hope you like it. I don’t love it, but it’s an improvement. I wish I could afford to hire a proper graphic designer, but I can’t, so this will have to do. Thank you for visiting my site.