Am I the only one completely unimpressed by the graphical design capabilities of the people who run blogspot/blogger? I expect that there is very little choice of designs as most of the police blogs on there all look the same. You’ve got the exciting orange and white of David Copperfield’s site which is the same as De-tec-tive’s, then there’s the awe-inspiring completely black like Midlands PC, the Thin Blue Line & Policing in Scotland, the Special Special’s blog & just the same as Probationer PC, except that his makes the radical change of being white. Then there’s Officer Plod & Blues & Twos with the, wait for it, four(!) shades of blue design.
Who can forget the blue design with loads of coloured circles which look like an acid trip on Semper-fi, Disgruntled Cop & One Cop & a Keyboard? If you don’t want to wander too far from the colour blue, you could try Black Rover’s blogspot design which is a couple of shades of blue and cream – radical! which is the same as the Cynical Policeman and the Job’s Not What it Was.
If you want some variety, try You’re Nicked which is, er, all blue, as is the Comms Op‘s blog. For a complete change take a look at the grey, white & spewey green of A Copper’s Rant which is the same as the Ssshh it’s the Filth.
Belfast Peeler‘s site makes a refreshing change with its plain white, grey and bit of maroon and I’ve not found another like it (yet).
I don’t suppose I should level all my criticism at Blogger.com, it’s just that Blogger has the most police blogs. WordPress can be pretty bland, just ask Another Constable & Inspector Gadget who both use the boring generic blue & white design.
I’m not saying I’m a graphic designer and have the billy-bollocks of Blogs, there are far more well-thought-out designs than mine out there, but at least I’ve made an effort to make it a little different and a little more individual. Blogger.com has got to be one of the most popular sites on the internet, at least all its millions of blogs, isn’t it about time they employed a couple of designers, there’s plenty of police staff being made redundent, perhaps they might like a job.