OOOO, I Love The New Twenty Fifteen Theme!

I decided to change this blog to the new Twelve Fifteen Theme that came out with the WordPress update. It is big and clear and very user friendly.

I like everything about it so far, and it was so cool to have that social sharing menu. The links are added and the icons automatically appear on the navigation menu. So convenient!

The large size font is very readable and obviously this theme has been made to give mobile viewers pride of place. Those are features for now, and I am thrilled with the way it looks and works.

I have paid for themes to use on my site, but I love this one so well, I will look to use it elsewhere, maybe in the Advent Blog. No changes while the main Christmas season advances, but look for this to happen in 2015.

WordPress Just Gets Better

The whole platform of WordPress just gets better and better in my opinion. It becomes ever easier to use and less buggy. Features are geared towards how I actually use it, and the writing part of blogging is facilitated.

That last asset is the one that is impacting me the most. It isn’t just the core, but the whole WP community. Discovering new plugins that are gamechangers and expecting the whole package to really create more writing time. The recipe plugins I’ve been looking at, a premium plugin for adding Amazon products, reading lists, review plugins… they all combine to make my writing easier by formatting things to automatically serve the content to my readers , in ways they can find and use it.

And that is what it is all about. I think as I use them, I will be reviewing the plugins on my Hubpages and on this site.

While I wouldn’t qualify as a fangirl, and I am always trying to find whatever is best for the job, WP has become increasingly what I like to use and gives me the best results in my blogs. This new update for 2015 has caused it to leap forward, IMO.

Deciding On A Theme

updates:

While this “WebHelp” blog has stayed with the Twelve Fifteen Theme, I switched the main site, Ilona’s Reflecting Pool to the Divi theme that I use on my Gardening site.

To help with design I use the plugins that expand the editing choices :

  • Styles by Paul Clark …and
  • Styles: TwentyFifteen by Dimitris33

I also use this on my “Old House blog“, which will most likely stick with that look even after reviving the writing on it (it is on hiatus). so for a number of years I have liked this particular theme.

Do you like the way this blog looks, now? Is it too vanilla, or do you like the minimalistic, clean design?

Thought Treasuries

I’ve been saving up thoughts and things I want to write about, simply because I want to use them in the truegrit blog but I think that it should be moved to its own place. Right now it is on a free site. 

My reticence in moving it is due to its size. TrueGrit is my oldest blog, and I used to write a lot of posts. Now I have plenty of ideas,but I don’t want to write them in any of the blogs like this one. Perhaps I just need to think outside the box more than I am right now.

In the meantime there are lots of family relationship, Christian, and philosophical “blog stubs” that are treasured up, or even lost. Lost or buried treasure, which is not doing anyone any good. I guess we can allow things to simmer awhile longer. At times writing benefits from allowing the ideas to develop internally.

On Pinterest I continue to use the board “Reflecting Pool” to collect the kind of good thoughts, uplifting quotes, and other types of inspirations that originally filled my old site. I still feel this one is not quite setup to continue in that stream. I started to work here in earnest, but got caught up in making some new creations on Zazzle, opening new stores there, etc.

 

Here are some samples:

 
Wristlet:

Custom Stamp for a Couple:

Purple Collage Business Card Holder:

Pages Here

I completely left off renewing this site ( back in 200y) after I ventured forth with developing the garden site, Ilona’s Garden.

Once geocities closed, I had been working hardest to continue my garden writing. Yet, this ‘Reflecting Pool’ is the oldest part of what I wanted to share with the world. There were always quotations pages, and the garden roses topic had two pages of poems attached. Those are now the most visited part of the site, The Rose Poems Page. I love all the types of pages that I had begun, and will be bringing them all back together in this one place.

Part of that goal reults from the fact that it makes good sense, and part is because I am just one person. With the burst of new media: facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, etc et al ad infinitum…. the many blogs that were started are too much for one person, now. It is all the way life works: gardens change, family life changes, we change, and the way that once worked well or held promise is not the way that is practicable now.

Innovation or revision, or reversion – these are all ways that we adapt and that is what these blogs are in the midst of doing. The one thing that remains is the vision of producing things that are beautiful and uplifting, and sharing life experience. The hope that we can impart something to each other over the means of the internet is the overriding intention.

If you are starting a blog or want to begin writing in one of the communities like Squidoo, or Hubpages, tips and opinions are forthcoming on the blog, WebHelp. That is also part of this site and one of the original topics of “Ilona’s Reflecting Pool”.

The Childbirth Pages are here, though it is true that they haven’t been added to in awhile, but the basic information is perennial.

I look forward to creating a body of pages here that will reflect more of the beauty of life and add some of that beauty to your experience.