Barecity: a minimalist and customizable WordPress theme

April 23, 2009 — Tags:

I’ve been tinkering with the Barecity theme that I’ve chosen for this blog.  I was attracted to the simplicity of it, the minimalist elegance, the readability and the copious white space.  I moved the sidebar up to the top, changed to a serif font for the posts while leaving the navigation as sans-serif, added a permalink at the bottom of each post, and made various other small adjustments.  I was inspired by some other blogs that use the Barecity theme, including one called Pete Bakes.  I was also somewhat inspired by the blog.txt theme.  Some of the modifications I made to Barecity brought it closer to looking like blog.txt.

For a while, I was mystified that the search box title became serif when I changed the stylesheet for the main text, even though the rest of the side bar items remained sans-serif.  I eventually tracked down the problem to the functions.php file.  I mention it here in case anyone else is having similar problems.

Here is the section of code that was changed, after my changes.
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First Post – Welcome to the Strangeattractor Blog

April 2, 2009 — Tags:

Welcome to the Strangeattractor blog.   I have many interests, and after thinking about whether to start separate blogs for various topics or to start one blog that talks about many topics, I have opted to do the latter, at least to start with.  I might end up using WordPress categories in the future, but for now I’ll use tags.  Hopefully if there are just one or two topics that you want to follow, you’ll be able to subscribe to the RSS feeds for just those topics. When I figure out the details of how to do that, I’ll post about it.

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