I’m going to jump right in… I’ve been restless with the blog. Not sure how I’ve felt about it for a while now. Do I get rid of it? Keep going? Change platforms? Change the look? Change? Stop? Change? It’s a sort of weird mantra. This annoying question.
I created a page at three other sites hoping to freshen things up, to give it a new feel, a new look, but not lose the content. I failed three times. The sites didn’t work like I wanted, the content wouldn’t transfer easily, or would, but then didn’t work when I followed the procedure. A bunch of glitches. A bunch of minor frustration, because let’s face it blogging isn’t rocket science or something that will change the world in any way.
In the end, I did what I’ve done in the past. I started playing around here at WordPress with themes and style. I trimmed some stuff here and there around the blog. Extraneous crap, to be honest. I mean, is anyone really looking at that stuff anyway? And even deeper, is anyone really even reading this blog? I’ve been blogging for 15 years. Yep, you heard that right, 15. I started at LiveJournal, moved to Blogger, and then came over to WordPress where I’ve been for ages.
Anyway… I wax on. I ended up, once again, staying here because the content is all here. I didn’t want to lose any of it. But, I pruned and simplified.
It’s not for anyone else anyway, it’s for me. And I couldn’t get rid of it. I couldn’t get rid of those long-ago essays about my grandma and life and other deaths in my life, I couldn’t get rid of all the photos and travel posts and reviews, couldn’t get rid of my journey when I was sick, or of the myriad of little posts of poetry and art and the other quirky and strange stuff that sometimes catches my attention.
I’ve been in a social media trimming phase over the last several months. I got rid of a bunch of sites I never used but was a part of. I’m down to the big ones – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I never tweet. I will probably be getting rid of that as well. Who knows. It’s the same process we took with our finances at home – going over everything to see what works, what doesn’t and needs to go. It’s a good process. A spring cleaning of sorts. It’s liberating.
So here I am. Same old blog, same hosting site, but a new look, a new feel, a new “me”. We’ll see how it goes.