I think I’ve finally found a neat blog theme for this website. It’s Wintersong on the Genesis Framework.
I like the minimalism, but think the navigation might be just a little too minimal for me.
I’ve never liked blogs that leave you to wade through pages of full-length posts with no way to move through the content other than older/newer links at the bottom of the page, or a year/month archive. Let me tell you something about website users: very few people come to your site looking for posts published at a particular time. Most people visit a site looking for information on a particular topic, usually to solve a specific problem but sometimes just out of interest. This is why we use tags and categories on posts to identify what they’re about. And it’s why WordPress does a neat job of category archive pages that automatically return all the posts matching that particular tag or category.
Why more people don’t provide site navigation using links to these archive pages is beyond me. It’s so ridiculously simple to do, and makes the user’s experience much more fulfilling and makes them much likelier to return to your site in the future.
It looks like with a fixed sidebar (Genesis calls it ‘Header Right Widget”???), my only option for squeezing in links to the categories is to stack them horizontally and just hope they all fit in what looks like a single row of space. Will probably be next to useless on a mobile device but it beats having to create a set of tiles to put onto a whole page to give me something to link to the archives.