Tumblelog-style themes need not be completely minimalist. Learn how you can put your own custom touches on Hum, Reddle, and Twenty Ten without spending any money.
Customizing Tumblelog Themes
Over 250 free and premium themes on WordPress.com offer plenty of choice when it comes to personalizing your blog’s design. Today, let’s get inspired with Tumblelog-style themes by looking at how three awesome bloggers customized their sites with a bit of experimentation and creativity.
Blogger Puti Ceniza Sapphira Akbar, a.k.a, “Chica,” uses Reddle‘s minimalist look to her advantage. Her site title, “How I Met You,” and her tagline, “Now We’re No Longer Strangers. Hello!” roll out the welcome mat for visitors. We especially loved the letter-esque custom header image treatment, complete with a fun postmark.
Reddle’s default, light-gray background has a subtle, repeating pattern which lends texture and a touch of warmth, putting the emphasis on Chica’s colorful photos.
Chica uses the Instagram widget in her sidebar to display a series of her pictures. Check out a few and you’ll see her keen eye for color and composition.
Saskia Ericson, based in Melbourne, Australia, is the mom, wife, graphic designer, illustrator, collector, Pinterest addict, crafter, and cook behind the food site, One Equals Two, which uses the Twenty Ten theme.
Her colorful custom header image acts as a logo. The fork, plate, and knife illustration lends a personal, unique touch to the site’s look.
At One Equals Two, Saskia shares not one, but two recipes per post: the meal the family will eat as well as planned leftovers.
She uses a series of image widgets to display colorful custom illustrations that link to her popular posts.
Check out the mouthwatering Spudtacular, featuring recipes for bangers with hasselback potatoes, roasted asparagus, and caramelized red onion jam, and roast potato salad with smoked trout, asparagus, and horseradish dressing.
We also loved the cleverly named Sheep trick, featuring roasted lamb shoulder and 20-minute lamb gyros.
Deepa, food blog proprietess over at onesmallpot, maximizes the myriad free customizations on Hum to great effect. She’s uploaded a custom header image of spices, drawing a warm brown from the photo for her custom background color, which allows her incredible food photography to take center stage.
Deepa is a veterinarian by day and a writer, dancer, foodie, chocoholic, and self-confessed Grey’s Anatomy addict. Her food photography will make you swoon. We wanted to try out orecchiette with zucchini and dessert wontons with sweet dipping sauce.
Have you come across creative uses of free customizations available on WordPress.com? Share them in the comments.
M.R., you are not alone. I too also don’t know what Tumblelog is about. After reading the definition, I realised my blog is kind of Tumblelog with frequent sharing of things I found from other WordPress blogs, Deviantart and Storenvy. However, I don’t use much of the post formats as I usually collate all the links in a post based on a similar theme or topic.