Install this theme
Food is therapy.

Food is therapy.

We are made of waves.

What would a newer/better Notations theme be like?

I have this theme that I made for Tumblr. It’s called Notations. I made it years ago because I wanted a super-clean theme that had big photos and less bullshit than most of the other themes that were coming out at the time.

At the time, Tumblr was still ramping up its whole custom theme “thing” and the concept of a premium theme was still really new. So (like a dummy) I didn’t bother submitting it to them as a possible premium theme.

Fast-forward to now—> 300,000+ people (robots?) have chosen it for their Tumblr blogs. Whoa.

So, here’s a question I’ve been asking myself…

What would a premium Notations theme look like/be like/do?

I don’t even know if Tumblr is still taking submissions for premium themes, let alone whether anyone would pay for a “premium” version of Notations… but here’s what I’m thinking it would need to be even be worth it:

  • same minimal look & feel - more refined though… iterate to next level
  • robust font choices
  • better typography choices (thinking multi-column options, etc)
  • background texture choices (perhaps integrate w/ http://subtlepatterns.com - seems possible)
  • more responsive
  • infinite scroll
  • better photo set handling
  • comments (Disqus) - gross, but I’m sure people “need” it.

(here’s a version I tinkered with a while back… just sort of a rough sketch of a couple thoughts I had on it… geared more toward a “writer’s” blog… http://bendelaney.me/notations-tinkering)

I may try to carve out some time to do this. Anyone have any other thoughts or suggestions? What would make Notations worth paying for?

a good pipe is a joy to hold

a good pipe is a joy to hold

she makes me the most wonderful snacks.

she makes me the most wonderful snacks.

I wanted to share a little personal project I’ve been tinkering with. I call it “Paz.” (It’s a fun little homophone … “paz” literally means “peace” … but also sounds like pause, which is sort of the whole point). I’ve made 4 of them now and have a few more in the works.

It’s a solid hardwood incense holder with a felt underside. It is designed to use the thicker Tibetan-style incense sticks, and to angle them perfectly. This type of incense is used for healing, stress-relief, meditation, etc., and in my opinion, is generally much better smelling than standard “perfume-y” incense—a much more subdued, rustic, almost “fireplace-y”, quality. If you’re not familiar, there’s a major difference. And it really does alter the atmosphere in a room in a wonderful way.

The idea behind such a fancy stand was to elevate the act of burning incense. To literally make it more important. It’s a way of making ritual, and it works. Unlike a dollar-store throwaway holder, this becomes an important part of a room. It gets taken to whatever part of the house the quiet time is happening in, and it never gets lost.

I’ve had people ask if they can order one, but to make them by hand is very slow. In order to make more of them, faster, I might need to look into a speedier process. Would anyone be interested in supporting a Kickstarter for something like this?

felt like Peter Pan using this camera again today…. like I suddenly remembered my happy place.

felt like Peter Pan using this camera again today…. like I suddenly remembered my happy place.

a scene that just found itself sitting there and asked me to take its picture.

a scene that just found itself sitting there and asked me to take its picture.


Geometric
Jim Denevan’s geometric sand sculptures are made with little more than rakes and sticks and can span miles of North California beaches. 

Geometric

Jim Denevan’s geometric sand sculptures are made with little more than rakes and sticks and can span miles of North California beaches. 

(Source: thekhooll)

I just noticed this. Tumblr has updated their interface for theme designers to show more detailed stats. I’m still gobsmacked that my theme has been installed so many times. And I feel like an absolute idiot for not pushing to make it a premium theme a long time ago.

…if I had $9 for even 1/100 of those installs… {{back-of-napkin math}}… {{FACEPALM}}

I’m also curious why it suddenly plummeted over the weekend. 
Anyone out there who knows about these things care to shed any light?

I just noticed this. Tumblr has updated their interface for theme designers to show more detailed stats. I’m still gobsmacked that my theme has been installed so many times. And I feel like an absolute idiot for not pushing to make it a premium theme a long time ago.

…if I had $9 for even 1/100 of those installs… {{back-of-napkin math}}… {{FACEPALM}}

I’m also curious why it suddenly plummeted over the weekend. Anyone out there who knows about these things care to shed any light?

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.

Steven Furtick

(as quoted by The Atlantic's Megan McArdle, in “Why Writers Are The Worst Procastinators”)

(Source: psychotherapy)

reflection

reflection

We waited outside in the sun and took double exposures instead of sitting in the boring terminal.

My city has a beautiful river running through it.

An important note on my earlier post.

Thanks david - I sincerely appreciate the reply. And I only posted that publicly because I really do care about this platform, but even more about respecting people’s “stuff.” It seems our world is quickly becoming devoid of many of the actual physical artifacts of personal memory-keeping that I grew up with—notes, cards, nick-knacks. And I think it’s critical that we start really thinking about these new digital things in a more lasting way (as much as possible).

I’d love to see a self-serve backup system reinstated at Tumblr. I have a lot of respect for many of the other modern platforms (Medium comes to mind, et.al.), who have made that process simple and easily available to their users.

I still really love Tumblr. And I’m worried that it is struggling, with this switch to billion-dollar-company-ness. I want to see it truly keep growing up and thriving, and even evolving. Is this possible?

An important note on my earlier post.

Thanks david - I sincerely appreciate the reply. And I only posted that publicly because I really do care about this platform, but even more about respecting people’s “stuff.” It seems our world is quickly becoming devoid of many of the actual physical artifacts of personal memory-keeping that I grew up with—notes, cards, nick-knacks. And I think it’s critical that we start really thinking about these new digital things in a more lasting way (as much as possible).

I’d love to see a self-serve backup system reinstated at Tumblr. I have a lot of respect for many of the other modern platforms (Medium comes to mind, et.al.), who have made that process simple and easily available to their users.

I still really love Tumblr. And I’m worried that it is struggling, with this switch to billion-dollar-company-ness. I want to see it truly keep growing up and thriving, and even evolving. Is this possible?