Summary: To learn more about Bleachwave, please see the page for the main Bleachwave website. The Bleachwave Blog is the successor to Recycled Film, which was the film and art blog I operated until early 2012.
I created the Bleachwave Blog for 2 reasons. First, I was already working on the main Bleachwave website — which would feature my resume, bio, web development portfolio, and art gallery — and so I thought by incorporating a blog, Bleachwave.com could become my all-in-one website home. Secondly, I had grown tired of writing about only movies and art and desired to start blogging about a broader range of topics (e.g.: web development tools and projects, my life and travels, Chicago events).
This WordPress theme was the first one where I start completely from scratch. Rather than using a sandbox or "starter" theme, I started with a blank text file and worked my way up to the site you see today. This way, I was able to get a better understanding of what functions were in use on my site, as well as how I might customize certain elements and take advantage of new WordPress 3.0 technologies. I also implemented a button that takes the user to a random blog post — a feature commonly seen on Tumblr blogs.
The site features much of the same design elements as the main Bleachwave website, but features serif fonts for paragraph text and a second row on the navigation bar to include blog-specific pages and categories. The "slider" used for the web development portfolio and art gallery on the Bleachwave homepage has been repurposed on the Bleachwave Blog as a way to show the 10 "featured" category blog posts. Similar to the main Bleachwave site, the blog features a responsive layout that makes it easier to read on mobile devices.