New Theme (Orca)

Hello again! I recently took my site offline for a few days while I changed the theme and made changes to many of the pages throughout the site.

The theme is awesome. It is called Orca, created by EckoThemes and purchased via Themeforest. I love that it is very spacious and ‘clean lined’. I wanted a design that was new, fresh and squeaky clean. I had intended to create a theme of my own the next time I wanted a change… maybe after this one. :D

The changes that I have made to the pages include minor updates to each page as well as bigger updates to the animals (finally added all of my animals, with new images), blogging inspiration (a new page with blog topic ideas, if you need some ideas on something to blog about), domain inspiration (updated the list, added a few new domains) and links (removed, updated, added links) pages. If anyone would like to exchange links, please let me know. <3 Personally there have been some changes that are positive and helpful. I have gone into detail about this on my LiveJournal. I have decided for now that my private thoughts and journey through mental illness will be posted there. I might feel comfortable discussing my mental health publicly in the future, but for now I decided to keep it friends only.

Lastly, within the next month I am hoping that I will be able to begin working on Blog Matter again. The concept of helping and connecting bloggers is something that I want to continue. I have a number of ideas and will see where it takes me/us.

Questions:
1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?
2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?
3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?
4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?

About the author / Kya

I am Kya a twenty something who loves art, cute things, design, illustration, photography, reading, writing and creative adventures.

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40 Comments

  • I love this theme!! It’s a good choice, clean but still cute.

    The fact that you have a Kangaroo is just too cool. I’ve never known anyone who has a Kangaroo for a pet! I like your little personality traits listed for the animals. It’s fun for animals lovers like myself to see. :3

    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?
    The one that’s live, no, but I’ve been developing one since early December.

    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?
    Yes! I love playing with design.

    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?
    Not much… I used to write out long descriptions but now I keep it short and simple!

    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?
    No.

    • Kya

      I am glad you like the descriptions of the animals. :D It is a little bit odd for a Kangaroo as a pet, but then, if I heard of someone having a moose or a squirrel it would be weird to me. :B

  • This is a really great theme! Nice and crisp, and I love your blog inspiration page. I shall refer to it if I ever need ideas. :D

    To answer your questions:

    1. I did make my blog theme myself. I still consider it a work-in-progress since I’m always adding new features.

    2. I’ve done custom design for a few people, and I have a theme site for Tumblr. :)

    3. I feel kinda awkward talking about myself, so my About page is pretty short. :’D Just some quick facts about me and my interests.

    4. Not on my blog, but I’m hoping to expand my theme site!

    • Kya

      I hope it does help! :D

  • I really like the new theme. Maybe better than the last. Currently, I’m using a premade theme for my blog. It’s exactly what I was trying to make for my theme, yet this one is up to date on everything. I’ve been using an out-of-date theme. Ah well, at least there are freebies out there for us bloggers :).

    I also don’t blame you for wanting to keep your mental illness privately for awhile. It’s probably better, as people can’t use it against you if for whatever reason you end up in a fight with someone or vice versa.

    Anyways, here are my answers for your questions :

    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?
    No, I used a premade theme for my current theme.
    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?
    Yes, in the past when I had plenty of time to sit down and code. Now, not so much due to being a full-time student.
    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?
    The information I have about myself in the ‘you’ section of the blog is general stuff that people don’t already know.
    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?
    I don’t. I don’t believe my content was ever popular, so I removed it years ago.

    • Kya

      Thankfully there are a huge number of free themes and resources out there to help people with designs. :D

      I hope no one would ever use my mental illness against me, especially anyone that was considered a friend it would be a pretty low act. But I guess you never know sometimes. :(

  • Lol I love that you added Denise the kangaroo as a pet.. does she (I thought Denise, was Dennis.. I am guessing that changed?) hang around more now?

    Also, the theme is great, nice white space and I quite like that there isn’t much of a divide between the content and the sidebar.

    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)? No, I tweaked it more than I have in the past. I got to learn/remember more css but no, I didn’t make it.
    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)? Yes, a long time ago, in another life I used to make them
    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)? Nothing as yet, I’m really not sure what to write for them but I am thinking about it. I am considering a contact form there too.. just in case, you know, restaurants want me to eat their food for free and review it :D
    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog? No, I never really have, it’s just been the blog only. I used to love when people had smiley sets.. back in the day :)

    • Kya

      Hahahahah yeah. Denise was thought to be a Denis, but I apparently fail at telling the obvious difference, doh.

      She is usually here three times a day, and sometimes all day. There is very rarely a day that she isn’t here.

  • This new theme looks great Kya ! But your themes always look great ! :D

    It’s understandable that you want to keep your mental illness away from the public eye. It would make it easier on you. Sometimes people can be far to cruel with their judgements and opinions. My sister doesn’t like people knowing about her mental illnesses either, so only family and really close friends know about it and she’s quite happy with that.

    Can’t wait to see all your new ideas ! (:

    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?
    No, I’m quite terrible at coding wordpress themes D:
    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?
    I used to make all my own themes, back in the day when iframes and div layers were popular. But all this new html5 and stuff like that just confuses me..
    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?
    I just have a paragraph about my art and what it means to me. What I want to achieve as an artist.
    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?
    No, but one day I might haha.

    • Kya

      That is good to hear that she is happy with that. Thankfully I did not get any negative comments, but you do never know.

  • My theme is also from themeforest authored by solopine! I have experienced coding themes before but that was 5 years ago, and with a base theme of course. I only have minor details in my about section but I’m starting this segment on the blog where I answer questions to let readers know something about me. And sadly, I don’t have any visitor content in the blog.

    • Kya

      I have seen that theme on there and thought it looked so pretty. :D

  • Hello cutiepotootie! Oink oink! I love the new theme and changes. Changes are awesome stuff. Love your owl!kya and you in general (that should cover it!)

    Questions:
    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?
    Nope cause I am still finding myself.

    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?
    Like yeaaaaars ago.

    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?
    Scarce. I would love to expand it with time and inspiration. I’ve been conflicted about posting photos of myself…

    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?
    Nope but maybe one day… inspired by choo!

    *squishes*

    • Kya

      *snuggle forever*

  • I like this theme, it is clean and well organized. Your LiveJournal skin is cute too. I don’t know what I would ever discuss my mental health with much of anyone I didn’t know. It’s good that you have a place to open up about it. :)

    I wish I had the energy to maintain anything on WordPress, let alone create my own theme. I did that in the past, but Tumblr is where I post now. It’s helpful to be able to post the images and thing easily, that I share online. It’s mostly health, because I hate spending all day on the computer. :( Maybe I’ll make a Tumblr theme one day!

    • Kya

      I did use Tumblr for a while, and I use it for image heavy blogs, so I can certainly understand the appeal. I wanted to stick with WordPress or something self hosted, because of the number of old archives I have. Plus, I just like it. :D

  • This theme is awesome, I want to steal it hehe (I won’t though :) ).

    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?
    No, it’s just WordPress’s latest basic theme (I may try and hack it though)

    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?
    Not for many years, it’s all beyond my skills now.

    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?
    Just an ‘About Me’ section, I don’t really need much more on a book blog

    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?
    As in things for them to use and/or download? No, but again, book blogging.

    • Kya

      Uh oh theifage. ;D It would be totally fine if you did, yo.

  • I love the new theme! I’m looking forward to seeing the return of Blog Matter.

    I made my current theme, but I’m actually working on my first ever responsive one. It’s a real learning curve. I use to have a visitors content on my blog but I got rid of it when people no longer visited it. However, it seems like that’s the sort of things that bloggers want nowadays and I wish I’d kept it.

    • Kya

      That is really cool that you are working on a theme. I hope you have a lot of fun with it and it turns out really well! :D

  • 1. Did you make your current theme (or design)? No, I have someone make it for me <3
    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)? No.
    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)? Just basic things like my name and a little summary about me and Annabelle.
    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog? No.

    • Kya

      :D

  • I’m loving this new theme – it’s very clean and spacious, and a very different look from your old theme. I also love your blogging inspiration page! You’re very good at coming up with inclusive ideas, you should try starting a bloggers ‘tag’ or something where a whole bunch of bloggers write up posts on your ideas.

    As for your questions, I have pretty much always made my own themes. I know they’re very basic and not very HTML driven, but they do the job for me. I used to have so much visitor content on my old blogs – icons, wallpapers, cut out PSDs of various celebrities, film reviews, Photoshop resources. That was back in the day when blogging and “graphics” websites were nearly the same thing. Man, how things have changed.

    • Kya

      I have been tossing around the idea of a blog tag or linkup and might have something about that in the future. :D

      I always really like your designs. You don’t always need something that is overly complicated. Especially when your content is very pleasing to the eye or interesting to read!

      Oh, I remember those days so well. It’s probably why I still have freebies. xD

  • The new theme is very clean and fresh, I like it! And I LOVE your cute header/avatar <3 Do you take commissions for them? Because I'd love to get one for myself!

    I always make my own themes, it's the only way to get them like I want them, haha :P

    The about page is the most difficult page of them all! I never know what to write and always end up with long semi-coherent ramblings. Ugh. Right now I have a bit of everything on it.

    I have pages that showcase my pixel art and if someone wants to take and use them on their site it's ok. And I have a few sets of pixel bases + an emoticon set. So I guess my answer to your question is yes. :)

    • Kya

      I don’t take commissions, but I would certainly be open to talking to you and see what you want. :D I will send you an email. <3

  • I love your new theme! Everything looks great! It’s simple, but very effective and delivers the content well.

    To answer your questions . . .

    1. My current one theme was not made by me. I commissioned Raisa to create the theme :D

    2. In the past, yes, I’ve created my own themes, but I’ve no time now to fiddle around with coding and designing. X_X;;;

    3. I have simple information about myself XD Condensed, really, since I figured most people may not want to scroll through a long “about me” section, haha XD;

    4. Nope, I don’t . . .

    • Kya

      Thank you! :D

  • I really like your theme! I understand about the personal and mental health thing, I’m usually fine with posting about personal (not everything though) things on the blog, but lately I’ve been in a little crisis with blogging and actually started feeling awkward about it, at least on a blog that is linked to all over the internet. For this reason I ended up using another domain when I eventually decided to write a personal blog again. This site will be mainly for the people who already know me through the other blog, and of course for anyone who happen to find the link. If people come back to read and comment, I consider them to be people who care much enough that it will be comfortable for me to share personal thoughts and such.
    I have made some own themes, and usually redesign most other themes to my liking. I’m not sure what you mean with visitor content?
    On my “me” page I mainly just describe myself and the blog and why I blog. Everything else will be presented in the blog I guess.

    • Kya

      It’s kind of a new time for bloggers at the moment. A lot of us came from an era where Facebook did not exist and many people in everyday life didn’t use the internet and we kind of had a lot of freedom and might have used an alias. Now, it’s kind of expected that we will use our real name and be linked in some way or another to Facebook. If you are sharing a lot of deep, personal thoughts and they are shared with everyone in your ‘network’ it can be a bit….. odd.

  • Your new theme is simple yet elegant~

    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?
    Yes. With the help of some base codes.

    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?
    Yep. When a blogged a few years ago. I just came back from blogging.

    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?
    Just some basic information, my hobbies, etc.

    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?
    Unfortunately, no. Still busy to do some atm.

    • Kya

      :D

  • Yay! I love the simplicity of this new layout! It’s there and easy on the eyes :). These blog and domain inspiration pages can go a long way, especially with the cuteness lined in it. I’m hoping to see Blog Matter come back up again! :D.

    I always made my themes and haven’t bothered using someone else’s premade theme before.. But it has been tempting a few times when I’m stuck on creativity and don’t know what to do. I’m still trying to work on my about me section, though I’m trying to go straight to the point without writing an essay. Apparently, I’m bad at talking about myself! I used to have visitor content, but I got lazy about it @___@.

    • Kya

      That is really cool that you have made your own designs. Really good dedication. :D I feel into the lazyville and got designs made by other people. xD

  • I love this theme, the simplicity of it and the colors. I don’t know why but I love a white background.

    I will definitely be utilizing your blogging inspiration page! I am so glad you put it up. Sometimes I really struggle with posting at least once a week if not 2 times a week. So it will definitely come in handy for me!

    I don’t blame you either for keeping your mental illness journey private for now. Some people can just be mean, rude or catty and it’s not fun when that happens.

    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?
    No it’s a premade one from wordpress.com, I just changed the colors and some minor tweaks.

    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?
    I have, it’s been a little while.

    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?
    Just general information about me, my boyfriend, my cat and the blog.

    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?
    Not really. Just links I like to visit and a gallery that I have not even finished.

    • Kya

      I am glad the page could help! Hopefully I can keep adding to it as well, so there can be many new ideas. :D

  • I love your new theme!!! :)

    To answer your questions:
    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?
    Yep, with the help of google. I hope I can do something better, tho!

    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?
    Not really. Hehe! Not quite familiar with coding and stuff. :D

    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?
    Some basic information, links to my social media channels, and articles for other websites :D

    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?
    I guess not? Hehe :) I’m not sure!

    • Kya

      <3

  • KYAA~ I love love loveeee the new layout! It’s a lot cleaner and I’m a sucker for white background *o* the previous one was good too but white layout like this is always so so much better imo (makes me feel like the posts aren’t constrained and wrapped around colors)

    i wish i’m not lazy enough to code a wordpress layout but i guess right now, that laziness is still clinging onto me therefore i’ll stick to the framework and customize it around LOL (besides, clear white layout is the best so..)

    i would love to link exchange :3 though honestly, i have placed you on my blogroll page as a frequent daily read blog ;)

    ah, livejournal. i remember how i used to post a lot in there about everything, mostly japanese related stuff (like anime, movies, etc etc) that my friends and i have shared a lot in commons with. but then i stopped using lj due to a lot of reasons. if only i had known yours when i was still active there hm…

    1. Did you make your current theme (or design)?

    hm, i’m not sure. i’m using the wordpress genesis framework but then i tweak some stuff and add minor details.. i don’t think i can say that i made my current theme since i wasn’t the one who code everything from scratch.

    2. Have you ever made your own themes (or design)?

    yup. i used to. a lot. from the super lame ones with header image featuring my favorite characters or actors, whatsoever to clean general ones like this. oh man, that was embarrassing LOL

    3. What information do you have about yourself on your blog (such as in the ‘you’ section)?

    to summarize, hm… the things i do and like and the things i like to do such as playing video games and watching movies.

    4. Do you have visitor content on your blog?

    nope. unless you count the links page as something the visitors would take into consideration :P

    • Kya

      Thank you so much for having linked to me, I am really sorry that I had not returned the favor. I have corrected this now. :D

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