Whether it’s a haiku or an epic, your words should look great on all screens.
Five Themes for Poets (and Other Text-Loving Bloggers)
Over at The Daily Post, our first poetry-focused Blogging U. course, Writing 201: Poetry, has just entered its second week. It’s been a blast, with hundreds of poets sharing their work, experimenting with new forms, and commenting on their peers’ poems.
After working hard on polishing their elegies, haiku, and ballads, most writers want to make sure their readers can enjoy their work to the fullest. This is where choosing the right theme can play an important role (this is true for non-poets too, of course): you want your posts to be readable, clean, and inviting. Here are some options to consider (as well as a few community favorites).
This might sound like an unorthodox choice, given Illustratr‘s natural appeal to visual artists of all types. But its typography, post title styling, and overall crispness makes Illustratr as poem-friendly as it gets. Add a featured image, and you can balance the spare look with a bold dash of color.
For those who want to create a warm, inviting space without sacrificing readability, Sela — a very recent addition to the Theme Showcase — is a theme worth exploring. Even if you use a number of widgets in your sidebar, the focus is squarely on your words.
A bold, emphatic post title area coupled with a generous, full-width featured image prepare your reader for what’s to come. Tonal‘s clear font and white background take care of the rest.
Created with photobloggers in mind, Cubic is a theme that makes it clear you can paint pictures with your words, too. The gorgeous typography might convince your readers that they’re reading a volume produced by a vintage letterpress, not a webpage.
Another versatile theme that’s become a go-to for many poets is this year’s highly customizable default theme, Twenty Fifteen. It comes recommended by blogger-poets Zen and Pi, Mutafariq Khayalat, and Kavita Panyam.
Taking minimalism to a pleasing new height, Minnow‘s stark look directs your visitors’ eyes where you want them: your words. However, with a centrally-located social links menu, the theme also keeps you connected to the world outside your poetry.
To see Minnow in action, head to poetry-heavy blog Devious Bloggery, where poems of various styles and lengths are equally easy to read and savor.
Looking for more ideas for reader- and writer-friendly themes? Here are few more ideas.
Poets, wordsmiths, and minimalists of all stripes: what theme do you use for a clutter-free reading experience? Share your favorites in the comments.
Great themes! Sela is my favorite. Are they all free?
I think i like the sela, but i am definitely not starting another blog lol x
I loved Tonal, although I do not currently use it for any of my sites. Of the themes listed above, it is my favourite.
I also adopted Sela onto one of my test sites on the first day it came out. I highly recommend trying it.
I briefly tried Cubic and “got over it” quite quickly. While it can be a really beautiful theme, it is very high maintenance. You need to find the “perfect” image for every post, otherwise it simply looks shabby.
Great post, Ben!
Great stuff, , great themes indeed. I actually like media one where visitors can view posts in brief so that they can choose the topic/post. I think to long to scroll down to search the favourite post seems a bit clumsy. That’s why I have been using Expound . The United Theme is also available but it shows only headings. If excerpt is shown it would be fantastic. Any idea ! please, I am eager to hear that.
I’m pretty fond of my Yoko theme, but Sela also looks really nice. I think I will save it in case I find myself needing a change. ^-^
Thank you for doing all this hard work.
Beautiful Themes indeed. I am playing with Motif and Eden whether they look pretty good. Due to grid, first and full width page they can offer multiple uses. But I am not pretty sure my eyes are on right spot.
Can others share their poetry?How to do so?
Sorry, that comment was supposed to say I LOVE Illustratr. (Accidentally hit the “post” button). I used Illustratr for quite a while, and then I decided to check out a different theme. (I get bored easily.) But I do appreciate the themes that have the nice clean, bold text. The only negative (and it is minor) with Illustratr is the size of the title. Personally, I’d like it to be a little smaller. Sometimes I just created a header photo with a smaller title on it. But I do think it’s one of WordPress’ best themes.
Very clean and minimalistic… 🙂
Where can I take up classes to advance my writing, l write poetry,and drama, with inspirations. I have a large creative spot
I like this.