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As a non-techie getting into the blogging space, one of the toughest parts of starting this blog for me has been picking a theme. The number of available themes made choosing one overwhelming. I definitely stressed about this some and experienced analysis paralysis.
Initially this site was running on the free North theme by SiteOrigin.
Wanting a few more customization options, I invested $60 in updating to the Genesis Framework. I was a bit nervous about this at first, but I was able to get my site looking very similar to what I had running on North in about an hour, and much of that was researching a couple of code tweaks that I wanted to do. Genesis has been fast and smooth so far, and in hindsight I wish I’d just started with it so that I was learning it from the start. You can read more about my switch in this post, which also contains the specific code changes I made.
A couple of Genesis child themes I like are Magazine Pro and Foodie Pro, and I’m going to be experimenting with these some. Currently this site is running the Genesis sample child theme, which is free. (The Genesis Framework is best used with a child theme. The framework is the foundation for the theme, and the child theme will have the unique design customization of the site.)
One thing that helped when picking a theme was trying them out in live demo mode on my phone. This let me see how responsive they were and what they looked like on mobile, and this helped me put a good number aside and narrow down my choices significantly.
I have some long posts of about 3,000 and 4,000 words: How to Save Thousands on a New Car, and 21 Reasons You Won’t Be Getting a Raise, respectively. That said, I enjoy putting out content that’s between 1,000 and 2,000 words, and sometimes a bit under 1,000. That seems to be the sweet spot for me, and I think some readers prefer the shorter length, too. I’m trying not to get too caught up in word counts and write what feels right for me. (Write what feels right, get it? Yeah, I suck.)
I’m currently on the once a week schedule because I have a full-time job, but I’ve been putting out content more frequently than that, just because I’ve been enjoying it so much.