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As I continue to go through and fix my archives — I didn’t do much over the past couple of weeks, but yesterday managed to get through a few more months in 2006 — I find it interesting to get glimpses of the various themes I used on the website over the years (courtesy of the Wayback Machine).

I used to modify my site fairly frequently, usually a few times a year — sometimes a major revamp, sometimes some simple tweaks and a change of colors.

Currently, what you’re seeing here, is the default WordPress theme for 2016.

This is interesting to me, because in the past I would never have gone so basic. I would have either spent time tweaking enough of it to give it its own look, or in the later years, would have spent a lot of time trying to find an interesting theme I could use (which I would still modify). But here, since I brought back the site to WordPress (after being archive-less on Tumblr for a couple of years), I did a bit of searching at first to see if I could find a nice free minimal theme I could use, but I didn’t really find anything I liked more than just this basic WP theme.

More than just not finding it a priority to spend time on the way the site looks — my focus at the moment is the content, both old and new — I’ve taken a liking to the very basicness and minimalism of this theme. It’s black & white — a color theme I’ve mostly stuck to since the late 2000s — and it doesn’t feel overly slick or fancy. It just presents the content with no fuss.

I’m sure I’ll eventually tire of it and will want to find something else to use — something that I can find “as is,” as I no longer have any desire to spend any time modifying the guts of a theme — but for now I’m happy to keep it this way.

By Jean Snow

Senior Manager, Esports at Ubisoft. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.