Tuesday, September 15, 2020

That's it - I'm fed up to my teeth

 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?


15 comments:

  1. I have asked myself that same question about my blog so I'm no help. I think I can help with the Apple auto downloads - Settings/iTunes & Apple Store/ Automatic Downloads and turn them all off. It would drive me nuts if everything downloaded to all devices.

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    1. Thanks! I usually turn off anything "auto" never noticed that one. I just want my blog to look like my blog and I just noticed something this morning - sidebars go missing on my desktop but they show up on my iPad - I use my desktop more than my iPad for internet stuff...Perhaps today I will play with this some more.

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    1. I don't think I'm all that entertaining LOL You, on the other hand, are VERY entertaining!

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  3. I love you being here, Grace. I honest to gawd do! I love reading your viewpoints on things, what's on your mind, the whole bit. I don't know what's going on with your blog and my blog roll list never goes anywhere. I have blogger too but not a "specialty" url, just the blogspot.com one. I use a desktop computer and still have a landline, no cell phone. I went into Kohl's a few weeks ago, to buy my granddaughter a top for her birthday. I had printed off my 20% coupon at home but then forgot to bring it. I asked the manager if she had a spare coupon as I left mine at home and she said "Just pull up the coupon on your phone."... in a rather snippy tone, by the way. I promptly responded I didn't have a cell phone and she gave me the BIGGEST eye roll I've ever been given in my life! Oh my gawd! So yes, we might be considered dinosaurs by some people and frankly, I couldn't give one crap. I left FB a long time ago cos I just couldn't handle all the hatred and arguing. I have an account now to just play games with... and I don't actually know one single "friend" I have on my friends list. We just play games together and don't socialize. None of my family nor friends-in-real-life know I have that account and it's going to stay that way. So I agree with you in what you're saying in this post, Grace. But don't leave us, ok? At the very least, there's a few of us who have each other. It's nice to be on the same page with at least a few people anyway!

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    1. PS~ I just noticed, Grace, that your blog roll is under the comment section here... as is everything else that was probably contained in your right-hand column. I came back looking for any comments you might have left for me & that's when I noticed it. Did you change the "theme" of your blog? Maybe that's the problem... each theme seems to have a different set-up in how the blog looks.

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    2. First off, the few things that used to be in the sidebar I had to put in the footer section, so yes I know they are there because I put them there LOL I had to change the theme somewhat, it is still the 'Simple' theme as opposed to the "Simple Simple" theme (don't ask me that's what blogger calls them). I'm afraid to go back in and try to get the sidebar back, I've spent more than a day and a half putzing around with this blog. As well as exploring other blogging platforms which are really website platforms - eh, phooey.

      As for the rest, considering Winters where you live I would have thought having a cell phone would be a safety issue. I got my first mobile back in 2002 - we were living in temporary housing and I was job hunting so I needed a way to make and receive calls. Back in those days you were billed for all calls and texts - 10 cents for each text, coming and going, and I resented having to pay for junk calls so I had the data function turned off for our account. I think the only time I used the mobile was to call the landline phone company and/or Comcast to report outages LOL Things were quite a bitt more complicated back in those days, internet was still mostly dial-up, tho we had moved on to DSL and had a splitter on our landline (AT&T) so we could be on-line and still receive calls. Comcast hadn't done the bundling thing yet and Netflix was just DVD's that got mailed back and forth. We got real smartphones only 2 years ago when we sold the car and needed to be able to access Uber. We got super inexpensive Android phones which drove me to distraction - so this year I upgraded to iPhones for both me and my husband - so much easier to use. We got rid of the landline and cable tv about the same time as we switched to smartphones - no reason to pay for things we don't need or use. And truth to tell I don't use the phone much. I just have no need to make phone calls - who would I call and what would I say? I just need the internet to manage most of my life. Our phones are connected to our wi-fi at home so we don't use much of the data allotment we have with T-Mobile since we are rarely on their system.

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    3. It sounds like you've got what you need and are happy with the arrangement... and that's really all that matters, isn't it. As far as winters go, I dunno... I don't feel any less safe in the winter than I do the summer. I've gotten along without a cell for 64 years and can still drive to the store in snow so... I guess it's all a matter of what we're used to. I live in the same town I was born in and so does The Husband, so lake-affect snowfall has been a common occurrence our whole lives. To be honest I'm more afraid in summer, when the drivers are crazy and half tanked up from friendly backyard barbeques.

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    4. It sounds like you've got what you need and are happy with the arrangement... and that's really all that matters, isn't it. As far as winters go, I dunno... I don't feel any less safe in the winter than I do the summer. I've gotten along without a cell for 64 years and can still drive to the store in snow so... I guess it's all a matter of what we're used to. I live in the same town I was born in and so does The Husband, so lake-affect snowfall has been a common occurrence our whole lives. To be honest I'm more afraid in summer, when the drivers are crazy and half tanked up from friendly backyard barbeques.

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    5. I think I would be happy with no phone at all LOL But needs must, and just internet plus smartphone is way less expensive than the bundled services we had.

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  4. I am going to attempt to comment for the 5th time. Nothing on this fuckin' new blogger is working. I can't comment. I can't edit, things are missing. It sucks! just like mango mussolini. Hate them both right now!!

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    1. Well it worked this time! I still can't get a sidebar...I'm really thinking it has to do with your Google account/sign-in.

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  5. I noticed the changes in Blogger when I did a post, oh about a month and a half ago. It seems like I did one just a week ago not that long ago. I'm tired of time going so damn fast yet seems so damn slow. Anyway, I love the hearts on your page and I'm sure that's no surprise. :)

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    1. I wasn't able to complete my comment this morning but also wanted to add that you're here because we love hearing you tawk! Even if it's the written word, I love it. We've all got sides of us that others don't see - I'm sure you'd be shocked at some of the sides of me. Doesn't change who we are deep inside and we can all see how amazing and caring you are.

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    2. You are always much to kind 💜 The hearts background I took from the 'Today's Conversation' blog - always loved this background.

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