The thoughts of yesterday forgotten
I like the way this new skin feels
Bring me splinters of tomorrow
Collect the parts where I win
~from the song Dawn of a New Day~
March 17th was the third anniversary of Mary J Melange on WordPress.
I actually hadn’t thought about it until today. It was an “oh yeah” moment, followed by a cough or two from this dang cold. I’m home on Monday, sparing the co-workers from hearing the hacks of a germ-laden cat lady. Instead, the cats are the only witness to illness and the sight of their human prone on the couch – alternately watching daytime TV and scouring the internet for recipes she’ll never make, cat memes that will annoy Facebook followers, and new Windows wallpaper. Oh, and I can’t forget the many trips to the little girls’ room due to hydration practices and the addage, “Feed a cold!”
But I digress.
As I was sitting on the couch, remembering an anniversary, I realized not much had changed in three years in regard to the landscape of this blog. It’s been the same old, gray Mary J Melange that appeared on March 17, 2013. I had been good with the format for the first two years of the blog, simply due to laziness and not wanting to spend extra money on a very special theme. But, at some point, it wasn’t good enough anymore. Frequenting other blog spots, one comes to realize that there are so many options for creating a cool space to call your own, with text and headings and photos and nifty widgets. I have been yearning for that, for change, for coolness, for a font that didn’t require reading glasses from the pharmacy.
So, in my snotty, Mucinex-induced haze, I give you “Bindery.” This was the top theme pick, the one that allowed tightly-clasped fingers to let go of a $5 dollar bill or two or three or…I’m still not shelling out money for MaryJMelange.com, but perhaps at my six-year anniversary, I’ll have another cold and make another drug-induced choice for all of eternity.
After looking through the numerous free and paid themes at WordPress, Bindery was the only one that truly set me on fire (no, I don’t have a fever). Second and third choices were Puzzle and Healthy Living. They were close, but didn’t quite set me over the edge of theme love. I kept going back to Bindery. I think I can have fun and do good things to foment peace in the world with a title that is cohesive and attaches itself to the readers.
I believe it a good choice, but…
What say you, dear Melange peeps? Do you miss the grey tones of Greyzed? Are you bedazzled and amazed at the new look? Are you as indifferent over the change as I am over the US presidential candidates? What’s your standard plan for fighting off a cold? Were you expecting more from this post?
I need to know, people. I also need to thank all of the readers, likers, commenters and followers of this blog. I appreciate your presence each and every day! Thank you!
PS: With this new look, you will have to scroll to the bottom of the main page to follow via email, search for stuff on this site, check out the archives, etc. I will be “tweaking” the site as the OCD side of me dictates, so watch for minor changes in the days ahead.