Changing things up: time for a new theme, new name

My focus on this blog is on the content, so I try not to mess around with the design/layout very much. There comes a point, though, when things need to be relooked and freshened up, and that time has come around again.

I’ve been looking at different themes, with an eye on going even more minimal than I already am. Every time I’ve considered going really minimal, I still always end up with something a bit more “busy” than what I really wanted. After reading Linchpin, I now realize that I was just giving in to the resistance, doing what I thought others would want or expect me to do.  (Who are these “others”, anyway?)

After some quick research, I’ve put the Wu Wei theme by Jeff Ngan at the top of my short list of possible themes. I like the look, and the philosophy, of the theme. If you use Wu Wei, I’d love to hear from you.

As for the name of the blog, I’m not really sure what I was thinking including the word cum in the title. It doesn’t really matter that it is a Latin word in a Latin phrase. You would not believe some of the search terms that end up pointing here (OK, maybe you would) just because of that word. A bit on the Colbert Report last night about the renaming of the magazine “The Beaver” to “Canada’s History” also got me wondering about how spam filters would treat anything from here.

So, I’m changing the name to Brett’s Waste Blog. Shouldn’t be anything too controversial with that. Plus, I think it better reflects what this blog is all about.

This shouldn’t affect your experience with the blog, especially if you view this mostly through RSS. Just wanted to let you know in case you find your way here sometime and wonder if you are in the right place.

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2 thoughts on “Changing things up: time for a new theme, new name

  1. And do you think most people will get the reference to Newton’s waste book? I know you just mentioned it and all, but … I suppose as long as they know it’s you, it doesn’t matter what you call it.

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  2. Jack,

    The idea of blog as waste book has been with me for a while. I have to admit that I didn’t really think about whether others would get it, maybe I just thought that they would? (the curse of knowledge in action!) Just to make sure, I’ll update the “about” page to include my thoughts on blog as waste book.

    Aside from the problems with the original name I mentioned in the post, I did want to make it something that included my name, for that personal recognition aspect. I thought about just calling it Brett’s Blog, but just didn’t sound right.

    Part of my ongoing lessons in marketing and design. One day I’ll get it just right. (maybe)

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