11 December, 2006

Open for Business

Posted in Blog Status, Content-lite, Milestones at 12:25 pm by Daran

This blog came into being when I joined CD, because at that time, WordPress automatically created a personal blog for you when you opened an account. At that time, I had a feeling that I wanted to do something with it, but I didn’t know what. I do now.

So with a new look and a new sense of purpose that I declare Daran’s Blog open for business.



  1. Ampersand said,

    For what it’s worth, I think it’s looking really sharp.

  2. Tuomas said,

    I agree with Amp.

    And it shows 15 recent comments!

  3. Tom Nolan said,

    I think “Darain Man” would make a good name for the blog, not just for a post.

  4. Daran said,

    Thanks. My criteria for a theme were:

    1. Reasonably minimalist, no huge images.
    2. Two columns.
    3. Dark writing on light background.
    4. Good contrast between text and background.
    5. Good contrast between visited links, unvisited links, and unlinked text.
    6. Rounded edges.
    7. Widgets.

    None of the available themes met every criterion. This one (“Ocadia”) comes close but it fails on Criterion 5. The text/background contrast could be better as well.

    The only other theme that came close was “Saphire”. I also like “Silver is the New Black”, but Toy Soldier uses that one, and I didn’t want to duplicate his.

  5. Daran said,

    I think “Darain Man” would make a good name for the blog, not just for a post.

    Hmmm, not sure about that. It was a good joke, which integrated well with content of the post, but I’m not sure whether I’m going to emphasise the Aspie side of me in the future content of the blog.

  6. Tom Nolan said,

    I don’t think “Darain Man” would emphasize the Aspie side of things to an uninitiated reader, but the “Rain Man” reference would bring to mind your relentlessness and single-mindedness in argument. And it would also make one think of “Main Man” – so it would be both self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing at the same time, which is what many successful blog-names manage to be. “Daran’s Blog” on the other hand suggests little beyond the fact that your name is probably Daran and that you own a blog.

  7. Daran said,

    What do you think of “Da Rain Man”?

  8. Tom Nolan said,

    Perhaps a little too Ali G?

  9. Daran said,

    Perhaps I should capitalise the R amd subcript the i and “man” – DaRain Man

    Edit: Ok, so subscripts don’t work in comments. Let’s play with the title…

  10. Daran said,

    Subscripts don’t work in titles either. How does that look?

  11. toysoldier said,

    I think it works. You could create an image in Illustrator with the subscripts and then upload it, depending on if this theme allows you to edit banners.

  12. Daran said,

    Dunno, but I like it as it is.

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