Last night, I quietly launched my new blog theme. Say hello to Papergreen (DJ to the Cutesiness Remix) feat. Bones and Sass. Yes, that is the official name. Themes named like obnoxious dance pop songs are important to me.
Originally, I was going to simply rearrange my previous theme to have a sidebar and convert older posts into excerpts. Hence, the “remix.” What started out as rearranging turned into a brand new theme as I found more and more things I didn’t like. In the end, I was left with only the fonts and colors staying the same. So I guess I do theme remixes the way Jennifer Lopez does her top-hit remixes.
Bones and Sass
I figured since I was basically starting over, I should begin with a framework. I looked up a few, and I’ve been interested in Genesis for a good while now (shoutout to my girl Eirene, my go-to Genesis informant) but wasn’t ready to shell out the money just yet. I tried out a few free ones to start with, and they didn’t click with me. I felt like they made things more complicated than they have to be. This is just a personal blog, after all. In the end, I settled for Bones. I love it!
Bones isn’t a framework so much as a starter theme. It’s meant to be used on a per-project basis and there was a good bit of editing on my end to get it to work the way I want. It’s so awesome though, and did I mention that it comes with Sass? Sass is love, Sass is life. I’ve been using it at work, but I’ve never done so in my personal projects. Oh, where has it been all my life? Thanks to Bones and Sass, I managed to finish my theme in probably half the development time.
By the way, if you haven’t been using CSS preprocessors on your projects, I definitely recommend you to get started! They improve your workflow so much. There’s Sass, Less, and stylus. Which one you use is completely up to you and what you’re comfortable with. I’m not well-versed on the other two so I can’t say much about them. All I can tell you is I love Sass.