Saturday, September 19, 2020

With all the crap going on right now - like in the past 24 hours,

 I can't believe I'm still tawkin' about this. Or perhaps with all the things that are making my head explode this is the most inconsequential. I am referring to, in the inconsequential category, this whole Blogger mishegoss. 

All I want is for my blog to look the way I want it to and for some reason it's not happening. I can't have a sidebar and my own custom header in any of the 'old' blogger themes. I can do it in the new-ish themes which are optimized for mobile viewing. those would be the ones that don't show a complete post but rather have just the first part and then a "click to read more'. I HATE 'click to read more'. I DON'T want to do anymore clicking when I get to a blog, I just want to read. 

I'm not sure how the folks who had sidebars in older themes, before the Blogger change, have maintained their formats. If someone knows, can you tell me? 

Some folks are having problems even signing into their blogs but quite frankly I think the problem is just that - they aren't signed in. They are using old bookmarks or just out-of-date shortcuts they created to their blogs. 

I've got a bunch of things I have to get out of my head and I will go write them up on another site. I have 2 junk, free Wordpress identities, one I use to comment on WP blogs that I read, the other was just screwing around with design and format. I'll probably go back and junk that one, it's linked to a junk email address. (I may not have a lot of 'junk' in my home but I sure have a lot of internet junk!)

I kinda like bravenet - easy enough to set up but it is a web site host/builder. It is not a blogging community site, like Blogger or Wordpress. I guess I could just have everyone follow me over there but do I want to change blog addresses yet again? 

As long as I have my blog roll that I can access and keep track of friends and people of interest, that's really all I need. A place to write, that other people will read on a regular basis, that I don't need so much. 

I'm not sure how important it is to be read; rather it is important for ME to read others. So then you might say, and rightly so, "Why have a blog at all? Just write in a journal." That is true, but even if no one knows where to find you, there is still the possibility that someone might and your thoughts are not really secret - they are out there - findable. You are both public and private at the same time, especially if you don't promote your blog/journal. 

Publishing, so to speak, makes you findable, makes you found, makes you seen and heard. Even if you're not - the potential is there. It's sending inner yourself out there into the big wide cold world to make its way. 

Perhaps that should be good enough. 

8 comments:

  1. Please keep writing! It's how we connect with kindred spirits.

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    1. I'll keep on writing because I can't help myself LOL perhaps I will keep two blogs - this one for general stuff and another for my, shall we say, more controversial thoughts.

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    2. That's a good idea. I was born to blog and it's an important part of my life. I journaled for years but got to the point I wanted to send things out into the universe even if no one read it. I was thrilled when I learned about blogging. I love being able to add pictures and links, and, of course, the connections to other people.

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  2. I'm a little confused. It looks as if you are self-hosting so why are you dependent on Blogger? Also, if you do switch to another site, please let us know where you go. I use WordPress.org and have been happy with it until I ran into a couple of glitches after their last update. I tried restoring the previous version and the worst glitch went away, but not all of them.

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    1. I am not self-hosting, I simply bought the domain name through Blogger. I don't think that would be considered self-hosting. ah, Wordpress.org is different from dot com - not sure how except I don't know if dot org allows free blogs??? I really hate the block editor, I tried it when I was on WP ahil ago and they called it 'Guttenberg" and now the block editor is the only one available. Yes, if you've had a blog a long time on WP there is a work around to still use the old editor but they say that will be be disabled soon - I've changed platforms so many times in the last few years, including blog names, I'm sure it's getting tedious for all of us. I don't really want to move again, I'm starting to get confused myself LOL I'm just being a 3 year-old - I want what I want WAH...

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    2. Thanks for the explanation. I'm self-hosted so I use WordPress.org but I have a free blog, that I don't use, on WordPress.com. Self-hosting is more expensive...I use Hostmonster.com... but it gives me more control. That was important when I started in 2007, I wanted to make it to look like I wanted it to. Mostly it has worked fine. I'm with you, changes can be a real pain!

      (I deleted the above comment because I wrote 20027 instead of 2007. Too funny.)

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  3. Grace, I have my "old blog" still... with the sidebar... and that's the way it appears on my computer screen. I'm wondering if it's your browser making you see things differently, rather than Blogger itself? Maybe with the new format or program or whatever it is, that Blogger has "updated" to, perhaps your browser displays things differently for you now. That's my best guess. ~Andrea

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  4. I hope you always have a blog we can read! Yours is pretty much the only one I read these days! I still have sidebars but I have only done one post with the new blogger so haven't messed with it much. It could disappear if I try something I suppose. I couldn't upload photos the way I want to which has made me not want to post anymore. I'll get over it and do something soon.

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