Subtle Patterns Site Offers Free Backgrounds to Bloggers

Today’s blogging assignment from the Daily Post involved encouraging bloggers to experiment with different elements of their blog’s design to see if they could find any areas for improvement.

Suggested elements to consider for improvement included experimenting with different themes, fonts, color schemes, and more. I know the day will come when I’ll have to completely overhaul the current theme I’m using due to advances in technology, the possibility of incompatibility issues, and a variety of other reasons.

Since rebooting Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian from its original format at in 2012, I’ve experimented with changing its theme a few times. There are definitely some things that I feel may be lacking in its design now, but I haven’t quite found another theme I’d be comfortable with switching to just yet.  In the meantime though, I’ve found that making small changes can give a site a completely different feel.

After reading the assignment and thinking over some of the visual elements that make up the overall presentation of N.A.H., I decided to experiment with changing the background. That’s how I came across Subtle Patterns and found a new one to try out for myself.

My old background was a darker green one, and provided a stark contrast to the content area of the blog. I still use that background for my personal twitter handle.

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I’ve decided to switch things up for a while by brightening up the background. My hope is that this change will draw more attention to the content, and less to the background.  You’ll have to let me know if it does anything for you.

You can visit the Subtle Patterns website, and choose from over 380 subtle backgrounds. If you find one you like, you can download it for free and upload it as a background for your website or blog.

If you’re looking to experiment with new backgrounds, check it out for yourself.

Remember, if you blog, or create other forms of media about social justice issues, feel free to post your links, and or the links of some of your favorite blogs in the comment section of this note.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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  1. Hello Relando! I can feel your energy in your posts. An ocean of information and ideas. I’ll be back.

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