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What Inspires Us to Blog?

Every day, people from all around the world start a site on to share everything from photos from their latest adventures to deeply personal stories from their lives. What motivates them to do so? We asked seven bloggers from the community to tell us what inspires them to blog. Here are their responses:

Mica, Busy Mockingbird

My primary reason for blogging came from the multitude of projects I have going on all the time. A friend once said, “Oh, you’re so creative — I could never do THAT,” and I insisted that all art is trial and error. So I started the blog to share ideas about what I’m doing, things I learn, mistakes I make — just to show people that art isn’t always some mystical, magical, PERFECT thing. It takes work and practice and mistakes, and it’s okay to have fun doing it! I always get such great feedback from people saying, “I think I’m going to give that a try!” — which always makes me smile.

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Sarah, Problems With Infinity

So, I can be an excessively lazy person. I don’t mean just your average lie around in pajamas all day lazy, I’m talking like wear dirty socks at least three days too long because I can’t be bothered to do a load of laundry, and also deciding that washing my hair is just too much work and “hair wadding” is probably the next big fashion trend anyhow, so why not start early? But I’ve learned over time that I can trick myself into being less lazy about blogging by promising myself brownie rewards once I finish a post. I guess you could say that a main inspiration for me to blog is a combination of my highly tuned skills at self-trickery and warm gooey brownie treats.

“Blogging has given me an outlet to just be myself, and it turns out I kind of like me…”

But all silliness aside, I started blogging during a really tough period of my life, and I think I just needed to be able to reach out and share who I was, not only to other people, but to myself. As a long time sufferer of severe social anxiety, I have an incredibly difficult time being myself around other people. And I desperately needed a way to show myself and other people that inside I am someone more than what my anxiety allows me to be on the outside. Blogging has given me an outlet to just be myself, and it turns out I kind of like me, and some other people kind of like me too, which is a surprising and wonderful feeling. So I suppose what inspires me to blog even more than my own self-trickery is really just the ability for me to be me in a way I was never able to before.

Angelica, table twenty eight

My blog, table twenty eight, began over three years ago as a solution for collating and documenting two of my greatest passions – photography and food. I’ve been an avid photographer from a young age, and that became intertwined with my love of cooking (and eating), impulsively picking up my camera to capture a dish I’d made or taking it along with me to a restaurant in the hope of being served a visually impressive dish.

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My blog started as a little personal project, a place to function as a photographic journal and “brain dump/collage” for anything related to food; however, it’s now grown into something much more valuable. It’s not only provided me with a creative outlet, but has also allowed me to vastly improve my photography skills and experience throughout these years.

By setting myself the goal of photographing and writing a post once a week, it’s inspired me (ok, sometimes forced me!) to pick up my camera and style a food shoot. It’s paved an invaluable path to developing my own personal photography style and providing motivation for hours and hours of practice. I daresay I wouldn’t be taking the photos I am today if it hadn’t been thanks to my blog.

Joe, Developing Dad

The first answer would have to be my kids. I’m an older dad and my blog started with several aims — all of which were the result of me being a dad. It’s such a transformative experience, and so much of my private writing had started to become singularly focused on it; I guess it was just natural to start sharing my musings.

I thought of it as an art project for my kids. I wanted there to be a piece of me—a piece of me in my own words that they could visit for any number of reasons; to find out more about who I was before I had them; to meet the me they’ll only remember from pictures and movies. Or even just a way for them to visit me and to hear firsthand how much I loved them — right from the start. I should be around for quite some time and when I do leave what I know is that my voice will live in their heads. This will provide them some words so they can hear me whenever they need to. It won’t be the same as having me around, but it’s something.

“It’s really been remarkably cathartic.”

A big part of the transformation for me has been to become more comfortable in my own skin. My blog is a great way to challenge myself to keep pushing through discomfort so I can have as little difference between my internal and external selves. Had you asked me what was keeping me from starting a blog before, I’d have told you that I was too embarrassed to be “naked” in front of so many people I know and have known. Now I’d say being that honest, raw and vulnerable has been amongst the greatest outcomes from the whole endeavor. I don’t want my boys to be afraid to be wholly themselves or ashamed of something so normal as having feelings. The wonderful and loving feedback from so many people I know and people I have never met before has allowed me to put down so many misconceptions about who I was “supposed” to be. It’s really been remarkably cathartic.

Laila, Tape Parade

I’m inspired to blog by so many things: by music, by films, by other bloggers, by the city I live in (London), and by the people I meet in my day-to-day life. I think for most of us, life can be hard and there’s a lot of figuring out to be done, a lot of conclusions to reach. Whenever I reach a rare moment of realization, I’m inclined to share it with my readers — just to see if anybody else feels the same. I often write about my own inspirations and the places that I’ve been and things I’ve seen. I work as a musician, and I try to take as much inspiration from the world around me as I possibly can. I’m very lucky to live in an amazing part of the world and it’s hard not to feel inspired when surrounded by so much history, so many people, and so many stories.


Phoebe, Girls Like Giants

I teach writing (and television studies!) to college students and consistently hear myself reminding them that writing is about process — a way of thinking, hashing out, and ultimately (on a good day) communicating ideas. For me, writing also rarely stays in a vacuum, nor should it — at least apart from my grammar school journal full of delightfully repetitive lists of daily activities, including accounts of gymnastics practice, homework, school, and snacks. I’ve long loved writing and do a lot of it in my daily work, writing academic articles and a dissertation and now working on a book. Academic writing, while awesome in so many ways, also moves quite slowly. But when I started blogging on Girls Like Giants (GLG), it gave me a platform to practice writing about things I cared about in pop culture and to work out my ideas in a public space and it made my academic writing stronger. I also blog about cooking, which is more for me than anybody else, but still provides an outlet to practice and keep my writing muscles active — especially important for me during a busy term of teaching.

“[My blog] gave me a platform to practice writing about things I cared about in pop culture and to work out my ideas in a public space…”

At first, it was really hard for me to put my ideas out there — I am by nature a pretty private and shy person. But what I found in blogging consistently is that it got easier and easier and became exciting to force myself out there via writing and finding and connecting with a community of people. It helped me test ideas and practice backing up my points of view. Blogging has given me a chance to write about things I care about in pop culture and it is great for working out ideas in my more academic work (also, it’s a good example of practicing what I preach to my students on a daily basis). Plus, through blogging on GLG (a blog I co-founded with my friend Sarah), I found a partner in crime and somebody who has been instrumental in propelling me to write (and she is a great and generous editor) — a community within a community, so to speak. So, in sum: I blog for a lot of reasons. And, ultimately I do it for myself, but I always hope that other people also enjoy engaging with my writing and that it resonates with readers.

Liz, Cats and Chocolate

I’m inspired to blog by any number of things. It can be something I’m interested in — an idea, a philosophy, a place, an experience, a thing — or something that I intentionally blog about, like writing, books I’ve been reading, or a film I’ve seen. When I started blogging 10 years ago, blogging had a very DIY feel. But thinking back on it, I still hold to that fount of inspiration, the importance of being true to yourself, and writing about things that matter to you. First and foremost, blogging comes from you. Second is writing for the audience and connecting with a community. If you are passionate about and interested in what you are writing, then that comes across and readers will be able to see that.

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As the years pass, keeping to that foundation means that your blog will adapt to your changing interests and passions, and will be something you can look back on, as a record of who you were, perhaps still are, and all the things that you have been through. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself occasionally either. I’ve participated in a couple of monthly blog challenges, and also try to write about emotionally difficult topics when I feel that they will help other people. This is the tension between writing for yourself and writing for readers: The trick is to also think about how you can turn your experiences and what you’ve learned into something that can advise and inspire your readers and community.

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Interested in honing your blogging skills and making writing a habit? Blogging U. is a fantastic way to get expert advice, instructive assignments, and support from a community of bloggers and staff. Find more information about Blogging U. here.

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Join Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2015

The 2015 edition of the Automattic Worldwide WP 5k (#WWWP5k) is around the corner!

Automatticians already hit the trail at our company meetup last week. It was early — the sun was barely peeking behind the mountains in Park City, Utah — but the air was crisp and the morning was perfect for running a 5k. (Staying fit is an important part of our company culture.)

Automatticians running the WWWP5k in Park City, Utah

Automatticians laced up and ready to go! Photo by Dean Royal.

Now it’s your turn! The Worldwide WordPress 5k will take place next week from Monday, October 26th to Sunday, November 1st.

Lace up your running/walking/hiking/hopping shoes and join us for the 5k blogged about around the world! Read on to find out how to participate.

What is a 5k?

A 5k run/walk is approximately 3.1 miles long. You can run, walk, or skip; it’s totally up to you. There’s no time limit and there’s just one requirement: that you participate! You can do it at a gym or outdoors, on a treadmill or on a track, or even swim or bike instead of running/walking — just get moving!

A 5k (or 3.1 miles) is roughly equal to:

  • Twelve laps around a track.
  • Approximately 6000-7500 steps.
  • Approximately 50-60 minutes of brisk walking.

When can I run?

We’re all busy, but we want you to participate, so we’re giving you lots of flexibility. You can complete the WWWP5k any time between Monday, October 26 and Sunday, November 1st.

Who’s invited?

Anyone who’s ever used or loved WordPress (and your families and friends, too). Heck, the entire Internet is invited!

How do I participate?

Post about it on your site and tag the post “wwwp5k” so that other runners around the world can find you and read about your experience. If you’re not on, link back to this announcement post so others might join in and participate, too.

You’re welcome to blog your entire route and your preparation (a video or gallery, perhaps?) but above all we’d love to see where you are and how you’re completing your 5k. Share a picture of you and what you see when you cross the finish line and tell us your location as you complete your 5k with the rest of the world.

Here are a few additional tips and resources:

Will you be joining us for the Worldwide WP 5k next week?

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Five Ways to Boost your Site with Social Media

Looking for more traffic? Social media is your best friend. Every Facebook like and retweet helps you grow your audience and attract more customers. To ace your online strategy, optimize your website for social media. From widgets to share buttons, here are five ways to integrate social media into your site.

Social Media Icons

Your website is an important sales tool, but it shouldn’t be the only way you reach and engage customers. If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, add Social Media icons to your sidebar or footer where visitors are sure to see them.

There are three ways to add social media icons to your website or blog. First, some themes offer a special custom menu for social media icons. The menu generates icons designed for your theme and are easy to update if your social media accounts change in the future.

Social Menu

Another way is to use Widgets — tools or content that you can add, arrange, and remove from the sidebar(s) of your blog. Select the social media icons widget from the Widgets section in your Customizer to connect the most popular social media networks to your website or blog.

Third, if you have your own social media buttons, you can upload your icons to your media library and use the Text widget with a little HTML to control how they display.

For example, The Foodimentary, a blog dedicated to food-related holidays and holiday-related food has added custom social media icons in the widget area of their landing page.

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Sharing Buttons

Make it easy to like and share your content by activating sharing buttons at the bottom of your posts and pages.

Sharing buttons

To customize your blog’s sharing options, go to My Sites → Sharing in the sidebar. You can control the order and look of your social media buttons. You can disable the sharing option and/or like button on specific posts or pages by using the checkbox(s) in the Advanced Settings for a post.


Use Widgets to showcase your real-time Twitter timeline, latest Instagram pictures, and other social media activity. Go to Widgets in your Customizer to view, test, and add widgets to your website. Depending on your theme, you may be able to choose where your widget appears on your site. Try different combinations to see what works best.


Recording artist and performer Tae Phoenix used the widget area on her website to embed a Facebook badge, her Twitter Timeline and Instagram photos. Her homepage now features all her social media activity in one central place.



How many marketers do you need to change a lightbulb? None, they automate it!

With Publicize, you can broadcast and share your content across your favorite social media accounts as soon as you hit publish. To connect your social networks like  Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Path, and Eventbrite, go to My Sites → Sharing.  Try it out now!


Embedding Content

Blend your social media activity and website content by embedding tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram photos, and more right into your blog posts and pages.

To embed content, copy and paste the link into the text or visual editor.


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Fall Winter Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas 2015

Tricky fall weather poses a unique challenge for wedding guests everywhere. While the ceremony may be sunny and hot, the reception may welcome a cool autumn breeze and evening chill. To make your wedding wear instantly fall-ready, adopt the warm tones of the season and focus your energy on bright metallics, dynamic accessories, and nuanced textures. To prepare for an unexpected shift in temperatures, pair any outfit with a shawl or lightweight scarf to add a touch of polish and practically.

#1. Burgundy Glam

This rich burgundy cocktail dress fits and flatters while offering conservative chest coverage. To highlight neck and shoulders, add a delicate pair of dangling cluster earrings and a thin gold bangle bracelet. A faceted geometric gold clutch continues the metallic accessory trend while keeping the look updated and modern. Strappy lace-up nude heels are on-trend and enahnce the simple elegance of the outfit.

Fall wedding guest outfit

Earrings | Dress | Bracelet | Clutch | Perfume | Shoes

#2. Suede & Metals

As a trendy twist on the traditional wedding outfit, this look combines rich cinnamon suede with mixed metals and bronze accessories. Inspired by vintage-mod shapes and materials, this shift dress maintains a timelessly soft and luxurious feel. This simple look can easily be combined with a shawl or light jacket to prepare for evening weather changes.

Wedding Guest Outfits

Dress | Necklace | Perfume | Clutch | Shoes | Mascara | Eyeliner

#3. Fall Hues and Fringe Too

Combine the season’s hottest style trends with classic fashion staples in this dynamic fall wedding outfit. The elegant draping of the khaki green dress works to frame the delicate golden leaves of a precious statement necklace. Matching gold medallion earrings help dress up your lobes without over-complicating your accessory styling. A black fringe clutch and mixed-texture black heels enhance the depth and range of the look.

Olive dress with asymmetrical bottom

Dress | Earrings | Necklace | Nail Polish | Clutch | Shoes

#4. The LBD

Some things aren’t meant to expire, and the little black dress is one of them. As the most reliable solution to any dressy occasion, the LBD has earned its place as a timeless fashion favorite. An a-line skirt and simple bodice help accentuate the simple glitz of the dangling bead drop earrings. Detailed black ankle-strap heels add a splash of modern style, while the teal clutch coordinates perfectly with the accent beads of the drop earrings.

Little black wedding dress

Dress | Mascara | Earrings | Perfume | Shoes | Clutch

#5. Beige Beauty

Let this outfit serve as proof that neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. This show-stopping accent necklace is perfect suited to the conservative bib neckline of the draped cocktail dress, whose structured design is flattering from every angle. A beige and glitter clutch adds some shimmer to the outfit, while khaki green pumps lend a splash of color. Matching opalescent nail polish helps pull the look together and balance the range of shades captured in the feature necklace.

Nude wedding dress

Dress | Necklace | Clutch | Nail Polish | Shoes | Perfume

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Fall Maxi Skirts and Dresses

Maxi skirts and long dresses are a timeless favorite for summer fashion, but the changing seasons shouldn’t mean that you have to bid adieu to breezy chiffon and long hemlines. The maxi dress becomes instantly autumn-appropriate by adding a cute fall jacket or long sleeves. Darker color palettes add an updated seasonal vibe to your favorite patterns and textures. Check out some of our favorite fall maxi looks from today’s hottest bloggers for some serious outfit inspiration.

1.) Airy Rose

Kim Le at Lace & Locks opts for a loose-fit long sleeve printed maxi dress with a flattering wrapped-V neckline. The elegance of soft billowing fabric and rich florals make this a perfect transitional look for any fall weather. It’s lightweight design will keep you cool during unexpected spikes in temperature, and works well with cropped jackets if you need a little extra warmth. Kim pairs this maxi with matching brown leather details and a bauble necklace to accentuate the cut of the dress.

Lace and Locks Fall Black Floral Maxi

2.) Dress Noir

Jenn from hellorigby! gives us reason to celebrate that black is back in season. Her perfect layering and mixed-texture ensemble add depth and dimension to this all-black look. Her wide-brimmed hat and cropped leather jacket accentuate the utilitarian urban ruggedness of the look, while the elegant silhouette of the black maxi keeps the look timelessly feminine. A touch of fringe and metal in the shoulder bag keep the outfit modern and on-trend.

Solid Black Maxi

3.) Boho Wanderer

This look from Natalie Dressed is the perfect way to look put-together without compromising comfort. The long, loose silhouette of the printed maxi and relaxed cardigan add just the right touch of bohemian whimsy, while laced city boots and a wide-brimmed hat keep the look practical and modern. The fine floral print of the dress material is reminiscent of vintage fabrics, adding to the artsy bohemian vibe of the outfit.

Sweater maxi for fall

4.) Maxi(mum) Lace

Becky Kung at Velvet and Vino aces fall girly with this adorable lace-on-lace look. Her cutout crop top and high-waisted lace maxi skirt fuse old world elegance with new-age edge. She pairs strappy brown leather heels with a minimalist navy fold-over clutch for an added pop of color. Her muted fall tones and rich range of textures make this a sartorial home run fit for a crisp autumn day.

Lace Maxi

5.) Two-Tone Chic

This glam-casual look by Mel from Melrod Style is equally suited for Sunday brunch or a night on the town. Her long black maxi features a high draped slit for just the right amount of leg while the relaxed cut of her white blazer adds an element of relaxed chic. The high contrast of this outfit creates a look that is instantly polished and versatile. Her ankle-strap heels add a touch of transitional practicality while keeping this outfit on-trend.

Sexy Black Maxi with White Jacket

6.) Pleated Neon

Rach Parcell from Pink Peonies shows us how one of our favorite spring trends, the pleated chiffon dress, can be instantly updated for fall. Her delicate maxi gets a bold twist with an updated color choice of neon green. Rach adds a textured denim jacket and a delightful pop of color with her pink shoulder bag. As a fall outfit, this pleated look allows for just the right proportions of warmth and freedom.

Neon Maxi Dress

7.) Painted Maxi

Kristen at Everything is Always Sunny rocks a unique painted maxi dress for an artsy twist on a classic favorite. The delicate pattern and fall-time palette make this dress a perfect transitional maxi for the season. Kristen adds a cropped denim jacket, sunnies, and a brown leather shoulder bag for ease and versatility. Her fabulous studded pointy-toe flats enhance the originality of this look and add a hefty dose of enviable street-ready style.

Printed Maxi Dress

8.) Midnight Floral

Whit at Beauty and a Budget rocks this excellent fitted maxi in rich floral print. The wrap-V neck flatters the chest and torso while accentuating the waist and elongating the legs. The dark base color of the dress makes this pattern instantly fall-appropriate, while delicate pink florals create a classically feminine look. Whit’s cut-out heels and neutral bag add comfort and practicality while allowing the dress to take center stage. Long sleeves and a close-fitting top add warmth during breezy fall days without looking bundled up.

Floral Maxi for Fall


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Versatile Themes for Online Magazines

Launching a magazine? At, you can choose from an ever-growing collection of themes. Here are four free and four premium themes to promote a wide variety of content.



Launched earlier this year, Canard showcases writing and photography in a nicely balanced layout. You can display up to five posts in a grid on your homepage, and if you publish images and use post formats, you’re in luck: image and gallery post formats are beautifully called out on the homepage. You can create up to four custom menus, too: perfect for directing your visitors to different places.

This free theme lends sophistication to Sarah Ascha’s food site, à la Susu: her featured dishes look delicious in her homepage grid, and other custom touches, from the light blue navigation bar to the Calluna font used throughout the site, are subtle and delicate.



Publication is an awesome free theme that brings your best full-width images to life. At affiliate site Call to the Bullpen, each post is accompanied by a full-screen featured image (ideally at 2000px wide and 1500px high). Publication also has two widget areas to display your extras, from a list of your contributors to links to recent podcasts. Whether you’re launching a sports journal or a travel magazine, Publication will cover your needs.

Twenty Fourteen

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The default theme for 2014, Twenty Fourteen remains a solid pick among bloggers who need a highly functional theme to promote a mix of writing and imagery. Your front page is rich with content: you can feature up to six posts in a grid or a slider, and show off your recent videos, music, quotes, links, and other posts with the unique Twenty Fourteen “ephemera” widget.

At The Stockholm Review of Literature, the featured images add visual touches to the literary publication’s homepage, while their custom menus direct readers to various sections and previous issues of the magazine.



An enduring favorite for online magazines, Oxygen remains a powerful free theme in our Theme Showcase. If you enable its showcase page template on your front page, you can build a sleek slider for up to six sticky posts with featured images, as shown on the theme’s demo site. Or, you can randomize your collection of uploaded headers, as seen on music publication New Slang, which focuses on the musicians and singer-songwriter communities in Texas.

We’ve featured Oxygen in the past — take a peek at how others have made it their own.



Dicot, the first of four premium themes in this list, is super modern and minimal. Designed by DesignOrbital, you can see it in action on Very Joëlle, the fashion site of Canadian lifestyle journalist and stylist Joëlle Paquette. Immediately, you’ll notice two distinct features: Joëlle’s content carousel of featured posts, and her site’s sticky menu — you’ll see a black menu bar appear and “stick” to the top as you scroll down the page.

Dicot also has custom options — post carousel and post list widgets — which Joëlle has used for her “Latest Posts” and “Popular This Week” sidebar sections. Whether your passion is fashion or books or even gardening, Dicot can achieve the right look for you.



Ideal for a magazine or news site, the premium Christopher theme, by SiloCreativo, offers a number of front page layouts. You can showcase a prominent content slider and display posts you want to promote, mixed with other touches.

We love the simple but professional look created at PhotoArtMag, which uses Christopher‘s custom widgets to showcase quotes and categories with flair. The theme’s default Noto Serif font is also clean and readable, which makes browsing enjoyable.

MH Magazine

MH Magazine

Need a theme to accommodate your team’s busy publishing schedule? MH Magazine will get the job done. This premium theme from MH Themes includes a unique homepage template with up to 11 widget areas and an optional sidebar for even more content.

You can see MH Magazine put to excellent use at Occupy My Family, an Atlanta-based destination, events, and activities guide for families. With widgets to highlight what’s happening this week, editorial picks, and recommendations across popular categories, the guide acts as a one-stop site for family fun.



Finally, Zuki, a premium theme from Elmastudio, is minimal yet flexible, allowing you to arrange custom widgets and featured sections on your front page. At Reef Magazine, an “online magazine for creative souls,” you’ll see the top post slider in action, as well as recent posts with different-sized thumbnails to give the page visual variety. With these options, the global Reef team promotes their mix of content — from coffee articles to short stories — in an eye-catching way.

Want more? Browse our free and premium magazine themes, or explore the entire Theme Showcase and narrow your search with the filters at the top.

Buying a premium theme for your site is a one-time purchase. Feel free to preview and customize one in your Customizer (My Sites → Themes → Customize) before buying it.

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Early Theme Adopters: Libre

Out-of-the-box, Libre is an understated, reader-friendly theme that’s already become a favorite. As movie review blog Empty Screens demonstrates, it’s both crisp and classic:

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Head to the Customizer, though, and you can build on Libre‘s strong foundation to create a site that reflects your unique POV.

Change up the fonts


Fonts can be fun or serious, refined or homey — they add instant personality. Now that free Google fonts are available to any blogger, tailoring a theme with fonts is easier than ever.

Novel Pitch opts for Oswald — whose simple lines keep things bold — and Merriweather, introducing serifs for a writerly touch. Jordan Quinn chose two serif fonts for her home page, The Quinntessential; a delicate font makes for an elegant title, and a more substantial one ensures that reading regular text is comfortable. Beauty and travel blog process. goes for a typewriter-reminiscent serif for headlines, and a simple sans-serif for regular text.

Add a small header

By default, Libre displays a site’s title on the left, rather than centered at the top of the page. The layout lends itself perfectly to highlighting a small logo, something these three bloggers quickly realized:


On crab & bee, home sewer Morgan displays a pair of scissors over the default title, letting new readers know at a glance that they’re in for some crafty fun. she be kale-in’ it‘s Kate adds a stalk of the eponymous veggie to her title, which she’s customized to use the Lato font, while at Noble No More, Jacob eschews Libre‘s default title altogether for a graphic of his own design.

Add a full-width header

If you like a bit more up top, no worries — Libre looks just as great with a full-width header.


Since Libre‘s layout is fairly minimal, it can handle a larger or busier header without feeling cluttered. The Boarding Pass, this little light, and and this is why I will die alone surrounded by cats each use a very different header style, but each works perfectly in Libre.

Go nuts with backgrounds

A simple layout means that Libre can also handle the most in-your-face backgrounds without feeling too busy or illegible, and Pocket WritesMy Life in a Suitcase, and shanbobs don’t hold anything back:


Bright chevron stripes, graphic black-and-white eyes, and an endless stream of taxi cabs give life and verve to these blogs without causing us to lose sight of their words; no small feat!

All of the above!

Fonts, headers, and backgrounds, oh my! The Lit(erature) Mermaid goes for the trifecta — and succeeds admirably:

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Any one of these design elements could command a readers’ full focus, but here, they each support the others — in part because of the blogger’s smart choices, and in part because a well-thought-out theme makes it easy for you to create a beautiful, custom site.

Want to give Libre a spin? Take a deeper look and activate it from the Theme Showcase!

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Field Notes: Tech Inclusion 2015

Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer.

Earlier this month, Happiness Engineers Kathryn Presner and David Cole, Theme Wrangler Michelle Langston, and Community Organizer Jen Mylo attended the inaugural Tech Inclusion conference in San Francisco, CA. The event, which took place September 11-12, was created to explore solutions to the lack of diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, and drew more than 500 attendees as well as hosting a career fair attended by hundreds more. 

Diversity in the tech industry has been headline news lately. It’s no secret that white men make up the majority of employees in Silicon Valley/the United States’ tech sector, despite the fact that white men only make up about 30% of the US population. Tech companies like Apple, Twitter, and Slack have been responding with their diversity statistics and creating programs intended to address this disparity and create more diverse workforces. At Automattic, we’re a distributed company. 40% of our employees live outside the United States (and of our American employees, very few live in Silicon Valley/the Bay Area), but we struggle with the same challenges as other tech companies around increasing the diversity of our applicant pool and being inclusive.

We went to Tech Inclusion not only to support the conference as a sponsor, but to learn what we can do better. Tech Inclusion brought together people from all walks of tech — developers, HR people, educators, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, etc. — to talk about what’s working (or not), to make connections with each other, and to brainstorm new solutions, and we took full advantage of the experience and talent being shared.

people gathered around the Automattic table at the career fair
A Welcome poster showing many faces
six people seated on stage with a standing sign language interpreter
black sign with white letters detailing conference code of conduct
projected slide defining workplace inclusion
sketchnotes about a session on becoming an ally for diversity

We met so many great people at the event: speakers who were unflinchingly honest in sharing their experiences in the tech industry, people heading up organizations to bring more people from marginalized groups into tech, attendees trying to figure out how to make their own companies more inclusive, and job-seekers brave enough to put themselves out there in an industry where not a lot of people look like them. Unlike many industry events, at Tech Inclusion the speaker lineup was very diverse, and featured people from leading tech companies who aren’t normally as visible at events like these: women, people of color, people from the gay and transgender communities, etc. It was easily the most diverse tech event that I have ever attended. And we met so many people who use WordPress!

The Twitter feed for #techinclusion15 was trending that weekend, full of people sharing pictures, ideas, and reactions to the sessions.

The Youth In STEM panel happening now at #techinclusion15 @techinclusionco is everything about the future of tech!

— Tech Inclusion (@techinclusionco) September 12, 2015

It's good that other people are here. Other people care. I feel here like I'm not alone #techinclusion15

— Jessica Rose (@jesslynnrose) September 13, 2015

Even after two days, this is how excited we are at #techinclusion15 @moderntime @JtheGratest @Tarsha_McC @KburlingB

— ThoughtWorks (@thoughtworks) September 13, 2015

80% @girldevelopit students say participating in GirlDevelopIt encouraged them to participate in tech community @corinnepw #techinclusion15

— Sarah Judd (@SarahEJudd) September 12, 2015

Intersectionality Panel at #techinclusion15 is

8 Transitional Fall Jackets and Cardigan Looks

When it comes to wardrobe planning, transitional summer-to-fall looks can be tough. Throughout early fall, the temperature seems to shift at a moment’s notice. Before you know it, longer chilly nights turn into brisk days and many of your summer staples are quickly made irrelevant. Luckily, prolonging the life of your summer favorites can often be as simple as adding a few well-placed layers. In preparation for the coming shift in temperatures (and styles) here’s a look at some of the trending transitional fall jackets and cardigan looks for the upcoming season.

 1.) Aztec Wrap Cardigan

Fall Jackets

This totally transitional look from Marilyn’s Closet Blog is spot-on for fall. Her tribal-printed cardigan maintains the playfulness of summer while adding a layer of warmth for breezy evenings. The asymmetrical cut of the top and bohemian styling make this look feel like a loving ode to festival season. Bright pops of red in Marilyn’s hat and saddlebag add just the right amount of punch while welcoming the fall color palette.

2.) Classic Cropped Leather Jacket

Fall Jacket - Leather

This black and white casual look from Boho Chic Cafe proves that wearing white after Labor Day can be incredible chic. Your favorite summer dress gets an instant update by adding black leggings, boots, and an edgy black leather jacket. This two-toned street style look strikes a perfect balance between dressed-down and put-together.

3.) Suede Fringe Jacket

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Vintage-inspired 70s style has made a serious comeback recently, and took center stage in summer fashion blogs and storefronts. This updated look carries on one of our favorite trends from summer straight into fall. Jane from FitFabFunMom styles her striped shirt dress with a fringed suede blazer jacket. Her blue tassel necklace and wide brim hat help establish a structured but easy-going vibe that’s fit for the trendiest of autumnal streets.

4.) Easy Peasy Denim Jacket

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Summer takes us back to a simpler time, where summer style was all about casual edge and keeping comfortable. Beatrice from The Fashion Cuisine helps translate that renegade summer vibe into casual fall wear with a textured denim jacket and subtle stripes. For a perfect balance of hot and cold, she trades her summer shorts for skinny jeans and swaps sandals for espadrilles. Consider this your remedy to beach-weather heartbreak.

5.) Trendy Drop Vest

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If you’re not quite ready to put away your arms for the winter, the long vest may be your best option for layering. Linh Niller sports a polished look with her zip-away structured vest and jumpsuit. Her thin strappy heels accentuate the pleating of the pants while the tapering of the vest adds to the modern silhouette. This outfit is the perfect way to hit the town in style without sacrificing comfort.

6.) Blanket Wrap Sweater

Fall Jacket - Wrap

Elif Filyos from Blog and the City rocks the latest fall transitional trend to hit the streets all over the fashionable corners of the world. The blanket wrap sweater (or jacket) unites cold-weather practicality with tasteful textiles. Elif’s fabulous knee-high boots and printed wrap cardigan create a casual look while maintaining feminine details. A matching scarf and black bucket handbag make this look a perfect solution to chilly weather.

7.) Fitted Military Jacket

Fall Jacket - Fitted Military Jacket

This everyday look from The Sweetest Thing combines classic fall staples with metallic details. Tall riding boots pair seamlessly with a fitted canvas military jacket and casual stripes. The jacket’s drawstring waist creates a natural silhouette, even with multiple layers. Polished chain jewelry, a studded bag, and tortoiseshell sunnies keep the look modern and on-trend.

8.) Tan Trench Coat

Fall Jackets - Trench coat

Last but not least, Annabelle Fleur from The Viva Luxury pairs a neutral trench coat with summery whites and ice-cold metallics. Super-reflective sunnies help prolong the last rays of summer sun, while bold silver accessories add cohesion to the look. The lightweight trench and adjustable waist closure make this jacket easy to customize for any transitional weather.

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Fashion Apps 2015 – Our Favorite Apps to Try Now

With the dawn of online shopping and mobile app development, on-the-go fashion apps put wardrobe planning, sale alerts, and trend tracking at your fingertips. Some apps also add a social element, allowing you to follow local fashionistas and friends for outfit ideas and style advice. The seamless union of shopping, style finding, and social communication make the modern fashion app a dynamic and useful lifestyle tool. Here are some of the best fashion apps to try.


1.) Shop It To Me

Consider this app the helpful shopping fairy you always dreamed of. Select your favorite brands and products in your size to receive alerts when those items drop below normal price. You can also check out the app’s “Trending” tab to see what items are about the fly off the shelves!

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2.) Cloth

Cloth is a virtual catalog of your outfits, style inspiration, and tricky fashion troubleshooting. You can view trending outfits, follow your favorite bloggers, and push your own looks to the web. Search local fashion trends in any city, on any given day (and any weather!) for travel planning or daily inspiration.

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3.) StyleKick

For the avid fashionista, StyleKick unites blogger-style photos with quick shopping guides. The app learns your tastes as you favorite items and follow users, then it recommends looks (and pieces) that you’ll love. A simple, user-friendly interface and elegant design will kick your fashion hunt into overdrive.

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4.) Pose

A favorite of designer Rachel Zoe, Pose allows users to upload daily outfit photos with a charming caption and tag the items they’re wearing. As the ultimate social fashion app, users can like, follow, and shop all in one place. Use as a sharing platform or style inspiration tool by connecting with celebs, bloggers, and fashionistas across the globe.

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5.) The Hunt

Like your most fashionable friend, The Hunt delivers a fail-proof feed of fashion advice, outfit ideas, and fabulous finds. Post your photos for feedback from the fashionista community, find trending items, and vote on the best outfits from fellow users. Start a “hunt” by posting an image of an outfit you love, and the style community will help you find where to buy those items!

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6.) Keep Shopping

Enhance your one-the-go shopping routine by saving your favorite clothing, home decor, and accessories. If you’re not ready to purchase, your saved items will be kept in an elegant item showcase for later. Search trending items and follow users with great taste. All of your saved items will be tracked for price drops and you’ll be notified next time they go on sale!

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7.) Polyvore

As the ultimate stop for style ideas, outfit inspiration, and shopping links, Polyvore is a serious resource for the modern fashionista. Users post helpful styling collages to help your envision how to wear your favorite pieces or plan for new wardrobe additions. Create your own fashion collages and share with others, or find trending collections for new style ideas!

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8.) Snapette

InStyle describes the appeal of Snapette perfectly as “part Instagram, part Pinterest, all awesome!” Use this app to photgraph and tag local shopping finds, search and compare prices on your favorite items, or peruse the top finds from the street to the web. Easily track your favorite stores and brands for discount alerts and new products!

Snapette - Best Fashion Apps

Which are some of the best fashion apps you’ve used? Comment and let us know!

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