New WordPress Theme, New Bugs and Blog Sponsorships

As you can see, we have a new WordPress theme for my blog. It was designed by the449, and they did a pretty good job. I asked for simplicity and a better focus on conversation and community. With what is currently available with this system, they delivered a great product.

With every new custom theme, there’s always a few bugs. We’re working through them as we go which is just a testament to the449’s support.

But, with this theme there’s also new opportunities. I specifically wanted a few places left open for sponsorships. Those two spaces are above the fold in 125×125 spots. If you’re interested, contact me and let’s talk about a deal.

As we all know, I dislike advertisements, so I’m working on a deal with the folks from I love their service, but I hate the massive ads they placed up on the site. I talked with one of them about that and suggested they remove them or make them a little less annoying. Instead, we may be working out a trade where they’ll take my suggestion and drop the ad. They’re considering removing the ads simply because I’ve offered a trade. I will give them a sponsorship slot on this blog. The trade is much more in their favor as I get a ton more traffic than they do right now, but it’s worth it.

What do I get out of it? A few things.

First, I get to see, use, and promote an awesome service. I love doing that, and if missing out on a few bucks for the ad spot on my blog means they get to have a better product, I’m all for it. I’ll take the hit to make it better for you (hmm… reminds me of that health care article I wrote recently).

Second, when they take down the big ad on the top of the screen, I’ll create a graphic which will be placed in a bit more conspicuous location and point back here. The point is simply to get a little credit for helping to clean up their product. I don’t have anything to sell the people who would visit, so the value is in the attention and influence.

So, I think that’s a pretty good deal. What do you think?

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

6 Comments on "New WordPress Theme, New Bugs and Blog Sponsorships"

  1. Sounds reasonable to me.

  2. Hi Nate, thanks for the kind words about the 449, we’re a young company but this project was a pleasure to work on and we couldn’t have asked for a better client so early in the companies life :)

    Let me know if there’s anything else we can help you with in the future.


  3. the449 sounds interesting, thanks for introducing us to them. I’ve been recommending WordPress as a regular-old-site platform for a little while now, and it’s good to have an answer to the “who can do the design work?” question.

  4. nate says:

    Yea, their pretty good and definitely fast enough for anyone’s liking. The one bummer is that they charge in Euros, which hurts a little right now, but it’s still worth it for the moment.

  5. Tom says:

    They did an awesome job on your blog Nate. Looks less “template-ish” compared to the previous bloggerpro theme.

    I should be on the look for a US company offering the same service (at the same level) so I can profit from the strong euro compared to the dollar at the moment.

    Actually it’s weird – I never noticed it until I read this post. I’m actually buying a lot of stuff online lately. Life got (a lot) cheaper now, if you order things from overseas.

  6. I think this looks very cool. It doesn’t look “CANNED” at all which is huge when studying the wordpress usability tests.

    And yes, ordering from overseas is the way to go!

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