Once a year I normally change the face of my blog. I do so because I like playing with the colors and themes. Occasionally, I try to improve the look and clean things up. I tried stopped doing that when I ran for the CSM so that my blog would stay familiar.
While familiar I've not been happy with how its been laid out for a while. I waffle between something simpler and something more modern. Maybe modern and simple. I've not tried anything because I've not wanted to face backlash. It is a somewhat artistic thing for me so negative reactions is a bit disappointing.
I've stuck with what I have for a few reasons. I've tried not to create a click bait template. You log into the main page and you get the entire post. In many ways the goal has been to be hands off but I wonder if I should craft more of an identity.
Self reflection is what it is. I've been writing about Eve for almost four years now. I've written 1,732 published posts and I have 138 drafts sitting around. Some of those are pretty old and I should probably delete them. I often have ideas and write myself little outlines while at work to capture it and see if it blossoms into something more.
I've been debating changing the name. At the moment I am not in low sec. I sit on a high sec boarder because it is convent. Actually, I'm in Jita at the moment but my stuff is on a boarder. I plan to go back to low sec once I figure out what I want to do with myself. I do wonder if my blog name restricts me. It is the blogs second name after all and one I came up with to define what I was writing about.
But my writing has become a thing of its own. I write about whatever comes to mind. That may be living in low sec but often it is a reflection fo what is around me or the thoughts that I have. Then there is the CSM but the CSM is not who I am as an individual. Not in the same way that I used to identify as a pirate.
Can I even call myself such a thing? I've walked away from PvP. Not because I have anything against it but because I want to reevaluate why I do what I do. Do I PvP for myself or have I been doing it as part of my effort to fit in and become valuable and useful to others? I haven't found that answer yet.
Anyway, back to the blogging thing. A lot of people use blog readers. I'd not restrict what they downloaded. I have no idea how many people even come to my website vs how many read it. I may be over thinking it. I often do. But for now, I'm looking at templates and debating what I do and do not like from a website.
Something simple and clean, easy to read and uncluttered is my goal. I think I had planned to wait till the CSM was done but, well, I think instead I'd like to repaint the house so to speak and freshen things up. It may be time for it.