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Themes…or Lackthereof

So, I’m back again. =)

I’ve popped in to make an observation of sorts and see if there is any feed back on the topic. Some of you may know that I blog on two other WordPress blogs, both of which use the WordPress software, but have domains of their own. That is to say, they are not blogname.wordpress.com, rather just blogname.com. Also, as you may have noticed, I decided to change my theme today – and that is what this is all about.

Themes.

On one of the other blogs I am an admin for, we are in the midst of changes. Such as migrating the blog to a new host and creating a new, custom theme. In the interim, we decided to use a ‘stock’ theme provided by the wonderful users of WordPress that are available through the appearance menu via the Theme link. There were SO many to choose from! I had good fun searching through them all and being able to find themes based on color, or features – even on light vs. dark.  This, in turn, inspired me to do some theme shopping for my kitchen. Kind of like changing the curtains, right? When I opened the theme list here, I was very disappointed to find a limited number of themes available – and all the same old ones that have been here for what seems like forever. Also, no nifty search feature. (Why would you need to search through only 97 themes, amirite?)

Where is the variety, people? Is there a reason we can’t have access to the lovely, creative themes that folks all over WordPress are making available for shared use? Or why can’t I even create my own, custom theme? I understand that WordPress.com is a free service but so is the wordpress software that you use on non-WordPress domains. Just looking for a little clarification. Seriously. Does anyone know the answer?

I was hoping for a layout with a bright, cheery background and perhaps some lovely purple accents around the actual blog body, but alas. What you see was the only thing that caught my eye.

Back to bed with me…

edit: I decided I didn’t really like the theme I picked – so… it may change a few times, or even revert back to the original.