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 They are using old bookmarks or just out-of-date shortcuts they created to their blogs.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.