okay i’m just gonna leave the theme discourse here with a real world example that i literally have to do as a teacher
making things accessible and ready to kids is something i have to do. i cant tell a student to suck it up and get a magnifying glass to read a worksheet if they’re having problems—if i know that one student is having issues reading a worksheet then hell yeah when i make my next worksheet i have to up the text because chances are if one kid is having issues reading it, more than two or three kids are having the same problem. i shouldn’t look at my kids and tell them to find ways around the problem or have somebody to read the worksheet for them if i, the person who made the worksheet, can fix the problem myself?
likewise if my student decides to do a whole worksheet in bright green yellow pen or marker and i have to strain my eyes to grade it, is it wrong for me to ask them “hey, i know you wanted this to look very pretty but can you use a darker color next time so i can read it clearly?” i don’t understand this logic that you can’t have aesthetically pleasing things that are also accessible to people who want to enjoy them as well? aesthetic and accessibility are not mutually exclusive!!!! what a surprise!!!
telling people that they should consider making their resources more accessible because a good portion of people are having issues using them shouldn’t be considered telling anybody what to do, especially because believe it or not we live in a world where things have to be accessible to people with varying conditions and abilities? shocking, isn’t it?
nobody is saying we’re not appreciative of theme maker’s hard work, the fact that those theme posts have 100+ notes is proof of it, and nobody is saying that a theme maker cannot have a preference to their small theme (no matter how much we dislike it). nobody is saying we can’t ask theme makers to make the themes bigger. the problem people have is that it doesn’t seem like once during the coding process, that a lot of these theme makers think “let’s see if this theme would look okay with bigger posts as another option” or “this time let’s make this theme especially for people who need my themes to be more accessible.” there’s nothing wrong with asking, but the general feeling is if we have to ask every single time, then it’s as if theme makers don’t take us into consideration when posting themes. and we don’t always want to use 101 ways to see what is on a blog because hello! a lot of us think these themes are really cool and innovative and we like seeing them too!! bringing back to my example, if my students have to remind me every single worksheet to make the font bigger, i’m eventually gonna get a complaint from a parent asking how come i’m not being considerate and just making the font bigger in the first place since i already knew this was a problem?
case in point, if you wanna continue making your resources and themes as is with features that are inaccessible to some people then congrats? have fun? but just like how some of you say we shouldn’t get upset because it’s your blog, your choice, and your aesthetic, you shouldn’t get upset when people say something about it either.