I’ve been thinking about my next theme (now available), reviewing the themes in progress and looking over my list of plans. I think I’ve come to a conclusion about what the next ThemeShaper theme will be. Oh wait, you’ve already read the title so you know. Yeah, it’ll be a Tumblelog theme.
First things first, what’s a Tumblelog theme? Well in my mind it’s a theme that lets you tumble with the now. A theme that lets you post, post, post—consequences be damned. A Facebook where you’re in control. A tumbling rolling current of links and thoughts that doesn’t try and pass itself off as a community hub, premium news magazine, or anything anti-blog. It’s the bloggiest of all blogs really. Especially in this current phase of WordPress.
For a more lucid consideration of the Tumblelog you may want to consider reading Will Wilkins thoughts on it in Tumble-Hybrid: The Perfect Personal Website Format.
Anyway, my next theme. It’s called MNML. I won’t post any images of it yet. It’s nothing to look at really but the curious and observant among you will notice that it’s the basis of ThemeShaper version 1 (which is really version 3—but that’s a whole ‘nother post). You can check out the preview of the Alpha version which exists only to test the bonkers CSS holding the header in place, or footer, or hea—oh, just check out the preview.
And yes, I promise I’ll have real sidebars this time.
I’m trying to decide what else to experiment with on this theme. Prologue style post creation? More theme options? More plugin integration? More headaches with jQuery?
Questions, comments and good ideas are always welcome. And the theme will be GPL licensed when it’s finished so if anyone wants the code to the Alpha version contact me and I’ll send it along to you.