Necessity is the Mother of Reinvention

You know your blog is old when you trawl through the WordPress themes and realize your chosen design is obsolete.

2013 didn’t seem that old.

I could probably have gone on another six more years without changing a thing.

Except that the new super duper ultrawidescreen monitor now takes super duper ultrawidescreen screenshots.

And I get triggered every time I try to look at my blog with teeny weeny narrow panoramic pictures crammed into what seems like a mere 650 pixels of column width.

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Hence the search for a new theme that can support much wider resolutions.

There are a -lot- of WordPress themes. Clicking through all of them is extremely depressing. Especially when you scroll allll the way down to read the summary and find out the column width is X much pixels. (Where X is a pretty small number.)

None of them quite work how I’d really like. Nor do I have the mental bandwidth to customize my own right now.

Eventually settled on this one. Mostly by prioritizing overhanging images. Which narrows down the options from 140+ free things to 5, none of them perfect.

There will be some transition pains, no doubt. Pardon the dust and all that.

But the bright side is there will be a lot more pretty pictures. Of a size that doesn’t necessitate a magnifying glass.

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5 thoughts on “Necessity is the Mother of Reinvention

  1. I like the new look!

    In general, though, I don’t get much from ultrawidescreen pictures. They remind me of many art installations I’ve seen that use 360 degree photo or video, or of those quasi-VR YouTube videos that allow you to spin the camera. I find those uninvolving at best and actively off-putting at worst.

    It seems to me that the main effect of all of these technologies is to diffuse the subject. There’s a lot more noise in the signal. It may create useful or interesting synergies in art (or not) but photojournalism relies on focus and screenshots from games are closer to photojournalism than art, I think.

    Also I wonder whether the emotional effect you’re achieving when you look at the images on your suitable monitor are transferring effectively to smaller, squarer monitors like mine. Or on the tiny screens of mobile phones. It may be that I’m simply not seeing what you see.

    1. It’s assuredly not.

      I run dual monitors, so the second newest (read: old, as opposed to almost broken) monitor that used to be my main screen is now my secondary screen. I test the more common ‘square’ view from there, and do a single device check with my iPad and android phone for mobile screens. As long as it’s readable on everything, I’m good.

      But the immersion of a 3840×1080 resolution is really only experienced on the actual widescreen, or at best simulated by clicking on a picture link to blow it up to full size and horizontal scrolling.

      I’d love for more people to feel the effect, so I’ll keep searching for better ways to show off the pics. But in the meantime, a wider page margin and the latter option of individually zooming on each screenshot is the best I’ve found so far.

  2. The new theme has a nice clean look.

    I cannot remember when I had to change my theme last, only that I had to because WP.com stopped supporting a set of themes and, while they didn’t force you to swap, they kept adding features that broke the old themes. That was probably around 2010. I’ve been with my current theme for quite a while.

    I do get the whole 650 pixel width limit thing. I do have to decide now and again whether I include a full screen shot and trust that people will click on it to see it full size (which stats say almost never happens) or crop it down to something that emphasizes the point of the screen shot in the limited space.

    Still, my last theme was limited to 400 pixels, so I am still better off.

  3. I like it too, I think. I’m slowly coming around to the apparent theme of dropping side bars and using ginormous (well, full width and pretty tall at least) images.

    The last time I blogged before my current effort was yonks ago, so I think my design sensibilities are still well behind. 😉

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