I am using the Reddle WordPress theme, as you can see.
In truth, if you come to this post sometime in the future, then I might have changed the theme I am using. So before you get too deeply embroiled, you might want to scroll down to the bottom of the page to check whether you are looking at the Reddle theme.
I can say, though, that I am unlikely to be changing anytime in the next few months (which will take us into mid 2012).
Automattic (the people behind WordPress) introduced Reddle on December 6th, and unlike some of the other themes in the WordPress theme collection, Reddle is designed by Automattic themselves.
I asked WordPress Support whether it was likely to be introduced as a theme for self-hosted WordPress blogs and I commented on what I had found out about the word ‘reddle’.
Ian from Support wrote and told me that it was only a matter of time before Reddle would be introduced for self-hosted sites and that:
Reddle drew some inspiration from a theme called Rubric. I like for theme names to similarly draw inspiration from their forebears and so Reddle from Rubric: a rubric, traditionally, is a text heading printed in red and, as you’ve noticed, reddle means to make things red. It’s a pun. And, just as important, it’s fun to say. 🙂
The Black Navigation Bar
But I hadn’t really looked in detail at Reddle or at how my site looked. It was only when looking at Timethief’s article on baking for the winter festive season that I saw the black navigation bar under her very attractive header images.
But I am not using a header image and I don’t want a black bar all the way across the page. And that was when I realised that in my delight over the minimalist appearance of Reddle, I had not noticed that I simply did not have a navigation bar. Oh woe is me; where is my navigation bar?
I played around with the menus and I put the black stripe in place, but it is not for me. At least not without a header image, which I do not want.
Reddle widget menu to the rescue. Now my navigation bar is over on the right – a bit too tucked away to catch the eye, but I still have my minimalist appearance, which I like so much that my eyes go droopy every time I see it.
A Picture Tells A Thousand Words
This is what Reddle looks like with the navigation bar: