How to Find a WordPress Theme for Your Blog

by Jay on January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

To honor the holiday, I have finally settled on a new design for my blog.  I spent a lot of time Googling for WordPress templates, and after several hours exploring and experimenting yesterday, I gave up and selected an old template.

Well, today I was checking the website of a holistic doctor who specializes in diet that a friend told me about, and realized that his blog had just the minimalistic yet friendly look that I have been searching for.  It looks good, yet doesn’t get in the way.  And best of all, the template is free!  Thanks to Sadish Bala for putting this theme out onto the blogosphere.

If you are looking for a theme for your blog, take some time to look at other blogs and see if there is one with an appearance you like.  Quite often a blogger will download a free theme from the Internet for their blog.  If this is the case, there will usually be a link at the bottom of the blog saying something like “Free WordPress Theme,” or “Minimalist by Sadish.”  Click the link to learn more about the theme and whether it costs anything.

Of course with this theme I will still need to do some customization. The picture of the train has to go, and the next time I have a day off I’ll start that project. But the theme is pretty close to  what I’m looking for….finally.

And this reveals a truism: instead of spending a lot of time (like I did yesterday) searching for a specific look, or a specific something, it’s often  more effective to spend some time thinking about what I want and then remaining open for it while I go about my business.  What I want will often materialize shortly with little effort on my part.  This is true for little things like blog designs, and with bigger things like money and love.

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Maria January 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I’m never willing to pay to have my blog prettied up, so I am stuck picking through the free stuff. I do like the minimal look too, though.

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