As I’ve mentioned, this new theme started when I found I had to update my old one if I wanted to have threaded comments — to let people respond directly after the comment they’re answering. Years ago it took me about a month to modify the old Copyblogger theme to make it look the way I wanted it to. My version worked for six years, but it was kludgy because I hadn’t known what I was doing and just kept trying things. So when it was time to upgrade I decided to hire a professional. I had been in contact with Dawud when I first started out, and he had been friendly and helpful. I was happy to have a chance to do business with him.
In the meantime, I wanted to have threaded comments right away, so I started using this free Twenty Ten theme from WordPress. WordPress has come a long way in the past six years! It was easy to change my header, and once I did that I loved the theme. It just took a couple of long days to trim it down a bit more.
Once I was out of my rut it dawned on me it was way past time to retire Transforming Stress and do all of my posts here. And — an even bigger change — I’ve decided to discard my rule that every post had to have at least one non-copyrighted picture. I usually spent a lot more time on the pictures than I did on the writing, which is why I only wrote once a week on each blog. Now with the new header I’ve decided to drop the picture constraint and will chat whenever I feel like it.
I’m glad I tried my little experiment as long as I did, but my new approach feels liberating. One thing leads to another. Have you ever made a seemingly small change and had it lead to much bigger ones?