All of a sudden my blog changed all by itself. The side bar disappeared and thus my blog roll disappeared. I've spent the whole damn day trying to get it back to the way it was and no deal.
I've noticed that on some folks blogs their sidebars and blog rolls had disappeared and I'm guessing it's because of the new blogger interface. Every fucking thing on the internet is now optimized for phones.
There are actually some of us left in this world who do not live our internet lives on the phone. And by 'phone' I mean a smartphone. For all I know there may still be people with landlines. But even for those of us who have eschewed landlines that doesn't mean we have given up our desktop computers, or even laptops.
And that's another annoying thing. I have all Apple devices and they are all linked to one another. I download a game or something to my iPad and it downloads to my iPhone as well - WTF? So I spent some time today unlinking them - at least I think I have. We'll see.
All I want to do is write about whatever, and maybe spiff up the page a bit and have a damn self-updating blog roll - all things that were easily done on Blogger and not at all on Wordpress, which is it's own little nightmare (unless you want to pay hundreds of dollars, yes, that's right - hundreds!).
I've been on blogger since 2005. As the years have gone by blogging went from a fun little hobby to a money making proposition - the ones making the money were the web site owners.
We had, for many years, a nice little community but folks died, got bored - whatever - and there were fewer blogs to read - at least ones I was interested in. I've been switching back and forth between Blogger and Wordpress for a couple of years now, and paying for the privilege.
I never did find my "tribe" on Wordpress and most of my Blogger tribe has faded away so why the hell am I still putzing around with this crap.
I'm just not a social person. I never had much use for FB and I've deleted accounts and then re-opened them and now I have a FB account to keep track/in touch with exactly one person.
I've always been an early adopter - as soon as I saw something new I signed up for it and then found little or no use for it - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, (My Space even oh so way back in the day). Always signed up, noodled around with them and then - crickets. I never found any use for this stuff but I always liked creating sites...
I liked inventing names and personas which always devolved back into me...I find I can't be anyone else but myself even if there are aspects of myself that I don't show because there are a few kind souls who still follow me around the interwebz and I don't want to hurt their feelings or offend them in anyway - and trust me I can offend people, and shock them as well - but then again, there is a whole lot about me no one needs to know.
So - back to the question - what the hell am I still doing here?