Mike Nichols

Welcome to Darien!

November 20, 2017      Mike Nichols
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Welcome to Darien! It’s an elegant and sophisticated theme that is designed to be distraction-free to keep your readers focused on your content.

Plus, Darien is very easy to use so you can spend your time writing rather than twiddling with settings to make it look right.

We have a number of literary forms and types of blog posts represented in this demo: essay, short story, poem, prose poem, audio, video and a “regular” blog post.

So just scroll down the page and check out what Darien can do for you!

Darien Benefits

November 20, 2017      Mike Nichols
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Darien has many great benefits for the user, making it among one of the most unique themes for writers available. These benefits include:

  • Designed for the optimal display of your content
  • Distraction free reading
  • Looks great on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops
  • Ten color presets with infinite color selection
  • Best basic search engine optimization (SEO) available
  • Training videos to help you every step of the way
  • Built on the robust WordPress platform and Thesis framework

Darien Features

November 20, 2017      Mike Nichols
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Great attention to detail and user-friendliness sets Darien apart from the competition. Here are just a few of its many features:

  • Enter content with easy to use editor
  • Add video, audio, images and a host of other items to your posts
  • Easy setup with no coding
  • Advanced formatting available such as dropcaps, pullquotes and checkmarks
  • Darien is under continual development
  • Automatic theme updates

Blog Post: At Sunrise Everything Is Luminous But Not Clear

November 20, 2017      Mike Nichols
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magical sunrise with treeThere are very few things the human mind can encompass that have no beginning or end. Eternity, perhaps the transcendent and numinous, perhaps love. Even then, there is more mystery than comprehension.

But blogs are not eternal; indeed, they are the most mortal of the mortal, the mayflies of the internet. There is the inevitable first post, and just as inevitably, there is a last post. And since 95% of all blogs are abandoned, there are a lot of last posts. I imagine more blogs end with a whimper than with a bang, just trailing off.

What makes this blog different? Its purpose is to be an online commonplace book, wunderkammer, and a home for the occasional essay. And I’ve been doing these things for years, just offline. Now they are transferred online.

How successful in fulfilling these purposes will this blog be? How long-lasting? That gets us back to the title quotation, “At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear,” taken from Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It and Other Stories. Everything looks good when you first start, but sags with entropy and finally collapses into a bag of skin on the floor.

It all depends on whether I take that extra step to post the quotations and wonders I encounter. I readily admit it’s much easier to do so in my database program. So if this blog peters out, it will be due to laziness or the effects at attempted multitasking of a brain built for one task at a time.