So there must be over a zillion different WordPress templates. So Envato alone sells over a million different ones. So I must have looked at at least 10,000 different templates before I picked this one. So, on another topic, you might ask why I am saying “so” so much. So that’s a really good question. Or maybe not. More about So and So.
So, after a lot of digging and research, I chose the WordPress 2013 standard theme “Twenty Thirteen”. In doing so, I felt the need to resist current trending trends in the “blogosphere” (Oh how I love saying that word) (but I like saying “so” so much more). I said to myself, be damned, all of you trendy trending “blogosphere” people. I’m resisting the trending trends this time and just choosing something that I like. And so, I even liked this theme so much that I integrated it into the name of my blog. You can call me a lot of things, but you can’t exactly call me trendy or even trending. If you want you could call me “old fashioned”.
So, why would I choose a theme that is over three years old, when so many incredible advancements have been made since then?
So, perhaps at least part of the reason lies in that I am after all, just kinda’ an old fashioned guy, with some kinda’ old fashioned ideas. (And maybe once in a while, a new fashioned one.) But some caution here blogosphere people. You may be trending and trendy, but careful not to overstep your boundaries. I may be slightly obsolete, but I’m not a relic yet.
It is still possible that I may serve a purpose, even in your trendy trending world. After all, science fiction was once considered old fashioned. Once everyone knew that only crazy old people came up with such rot. Remember how they laughed at Jules Verne, how H.G. Wells was taunted, how Phillip K. Dick had to die before he made any money? And that was way before the blogosphere was even a glimmer in Al Gore’s eye.
So call me old fashioned if you want, but it was clearly a good move to choose an American Standard theme rather than a pop forty hit. After all, I have history on my side and this theme has now made it over three years and some people are still using it. And in technological time that’s like centuries, right?
So also, this theme tested extremely well, but truth be told, my testing didn’t actually take place in the blogosphere. Instead I hired some other chaps for that. So, according to the market research firm* I did hire, the Twenty Thirteen theme made most people overall feel kinda’ happy, but not too happy so that they no longer had the potential to simultaneously feel kinda’ serious.
The balance between these states seemed to have something to do with the bubbles in the header image, that may have brought them back to childhood or possibly induced a self-reflective state, like taking a relaxing bubble bath, or potentially made them feel like they had been encapsulated by a single bubble and floating up into the air, like that cartoon dog whose name nobody can remember, then floating out of the room and into the sky, up into the clouds, and stars perhaps to meet alien life who would now reveal to them perhaps the meaning of life or perhaps how they were planning or not planning to take over the earth. Or maybe not.
So for the record, “or maybe not” is almost always a viable alternative to nearly everything that was just said. (Remember that Oh mighty blogosphere!) And in my book at least, (if I had a book), I’d say it’s possible that bubbles are exactly what the blogosphere is lacking. So, perhaps Hal David and Burt Bacharach got it wrong. What the world needs now is not “Love Sweet Love”, but instead the world needs now is more”bubbles sweet bubbles”. (That’s the only thing, that there’s just too little of).
Or perhaps the bubbles reminded people of the old Don Ho song, “Tiny Bubbles.” You do remember that song, don’t you? And if not, you must remember when Madison Avenue (remember Madison Avenue?) decided to Hawaianize (yes that’s a real word) parts of popular culture. It was sort of like the British Invasion (Oh how the blogosphere, still loves the British invasion) except instead of electric guitars, the Hawaiianization had ukuleles. And if you don’t remember any of that, of course you still remember Don Ho. Right? If not, I’ve provided a useful link just below, for your convenience.
So, I’m going to leave it at that. Twenty Thirteen is my theme. At least some people will disagree. But I think it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. That is unless, I’m later shown to be mistaken.
So now I leave you with Don Ho, here memorialized by the internets. And just a last thought regarding my Bacharachization (not a real word, YET) of this blog entry.
Performed by Don Ho; Words & Music by Leon Pober
Tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles)
In the wine (in the wine)
Make me happy (make me happy)
Make me feel fine (make me feel fine)
Tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles)
Make me warm all over
With a feeling that I’m gonna
Love you till the end of time
What the World Needs Now is Love
Replace the word “love” with “bubbles”
Lord, we don’t need another mountain
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last ’till the end of timeWhat the world needs now is love (bubbles),
sweet love (bubbles)
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love (bubbles),
sweet love (bubbles)
No, not just for some but for everyone
*Testing performed by the Become a Millionaire Almost Instantly with Your Very First Blog Institute Brain Trust LLC**
**(very Limited Liability (and not that good of) Company)