I like beautiful images and design as much as the next person. I’m also aware that people expect them (along with bullets and sub-heads and one-sentence paragraphs) on the web these days. But I wonder whether our writing suffers for it. We don’t work hard enough to make it engaging, to paint pictures with it, to give it legs to stand on its own. We rely on visual props and accommodate people’s distraction.
Which is why I’ve chosen to go the other direction and use a basic, almost entirely text-based theme.
I’ll admit, it feels uncomfortably spare, but, being an Anders Norén theme, it still has great typography and responsiveness, which are my non-negotiables.
I want this site to stand or fall on my words. That’s pretty risky, I know—especially since I’ve just started writing poetry. But I can’t see a better way to improve, and fast, than by stripping away any visual props. And, in fact, poetry, must stand or fall on words. That’s all it has. It must be able to create a world, a feeling, a moment, without the aid of anything visual (apart from the way it’s formatted, of course). It must provide its own searing images.
I know I’m going to have to work hard to do that, to provide words that make it worth you staring at black text on a white background. But, really, should it be any other way?