6:41 pm - Fri, Jan 11, 2013
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It’s been over 2 years since Headline was released, and I’m thankful to the 9,000+ users who have installed it. A big mahalo to all of you (especially you Rolling Stone)!

Things sure have changed over that time, yet Headline has remained the same. As a result, some of the documentation and features have become outdated. For example, the Twitter API integration uses @Anywhere, which is scheduled to sunset in March of this year. Boo. Archive links no longer work as documented. Boo. Un-responsive design!? What decade do you think this is?!

That being said, I’m thinking about completely rebuilding the theme from scratch. Think of it as Headline 2.0. I have some ideas, but now is your chance to share yours. What do you like about the current theme? What sucks? What features should be added? Instagram anyone?

Post your thoughts, comments, feedback, and love letters in the Disqus thread below or fire away at on Twitter. I start building tomorrow.


10:22 am - Thu, Sep 15, 2011
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Introducing Starkness, a new Tumblr theme that’s clean, refined, and free! Check out the Starkness Tumblr theme demo, or install Starkness right now.

Introducing Starkness, a new Tumblr theme that’s clean, refined, and free! Check out the Starkness Tumblr theme demo, or install Starkness right now.


5:03 am - Thu, Apr 14, 2011
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Tumblr Search #Losing

Tumblr Growth

During the last 12 months, we’ve received a number of emails regarding Headline’s search box. Many users are experiencing an issue where searching for a known keyword, one that obviously exists on the Tumblr blog, returns 0 results. As far as we know, this is a known issue at Tumblr, and not directly related to any theme code, but rather a result of Tumblr search indexing lag.

As Tumblr continues to grow (explosively), the search indexing issue seems to be growing with it. Search also seems to be relatively low on the priority list (it’s been a known issue for quite some time), as Tumblr focuses its efforts on maintaining system uptime, rather than improving indexing. After all, at least the system is telling you there are 0 results, instead of showing you this all day long.

If you’ve got the zero result blues, we recommend voicing your concerns on Tumblr’s Get Satisfaction page to let them know search is important to you. If enough people speak up, maybe they’ll start to listen.


7:52 am - Fri, Feb 25, 2011
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Q: how do i make archives page like your, please?


7:51 am
Q: Is there a way to add a picture on the right panel?

If you share your “Likes,” those will appear in the right column, and may contain photos. However, if you’re looking to insert a static image, Custom HTML is the way to go.


6:26 am - Mon, Feb 14, 2011
Q: What font are you using for the heading on this site? How can I use it for mine?

The Headline demo is set in FF Meta Condensed Web Pro and FF Meta Serif Web Pro. Both fonts are embedded using TypeKit.


6:23 am
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Q: On the MashableHQ site, they have the Follow Us on the right hand side of the page. How is that done? Thank you.

The Follow Us section on the MashableHQ site is accomplished using custom HTML and an AddThis widget. The functionality is not included in the Headline theme, and we are unable to provide custom HTML support.


7:59 pm - Tue, Jan 18, 2011
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Q: how do I add the archive link like you have in your left sidebar?


We use a little Page trickery to implement the archive link. The link is actually a custom page, that is set to URL redirect to “/archive”. You cannot use the actual word “Archive” because it’s reserved by Tumblr. You can use “Archives” however, which is what we’ve done.


4:02 pm - Wed, Jan 5, 2011
Q: Hi,

Love the theme. Here's my site.


I'm a total newbie on all things blog related. But I noticed here on your site the 3rd column on the right has a "Share" heading and then the Twitter, Facebook, Digg icons and links. I really want that to be on my site as well. How do I go about doing that? Sorry if this is a basic question. Thanks again for the theme.


The Share sidebar is included automatically, but only on permalink pages.


3:59 pm
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Q: Hi! I love the theme. I looked through the .css file and couldn't figure out where the spacing between the posts is governed - I would like to add css to make this a tad smaller. Thanks!

Post spacing is controlled by the following CSS code:

#index .post, #permalink .post {padding-bottom: 3em; border-bottom:1px solid;}

.post dl {margin: 1.5em 0 2em 0; overflow: hidden; padding: 1px;}

Adjust the padding and margin as you see fit by overriding the selectors via custom CSS


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