A recent post by a fellow blogger recently brought up the Blogger v WordPress debate. I use WordPress myself. Why? Well I started out at MyOpera.com. But I pimped the blog to too many sponsored posts. It was very profitable, but when 80% of the content is sponsored….well, it became trashy. So I moved to Blogger for my ‘real’ blogging, importing all my non sponsored posts with me. But the visibility of that site soon increased and the same thing happened. So I moved to WordPress.com. Where I will stay, with much less pimping. Because, quite frankly, moving my blog around is a lot of hard work. Nine an a bit years of posts adds up to a virtual encyclopaedia of….well. Not that much, really. But it’s my Encyclopaedia of Not Much.
I recommended to that fellow blogger that he stick with Blogger. The grass is always greener on the other side. You end up spending a whole load of time, with toil and trouble aplenty, getting all stressed only to find, having reached the promised land, you have a new set of irritations. The standard theme shortage issue that Blogger suffers from is easily remedied. There’s a ton of custom themes that are free and easy to install. Ideally I’d use something clean and simple like this one, and then add a little light customisation. Get rid of the dotted background for a plain white, or light grey. Add a few pixels width to the main content section. And add a photo/banner where it says Quo. Install Disqus, and it’s ready to go. My big problem with Blogger was that every now and again I’d see a cool theme like this one, and go and over-complicate everything.
So I’m happy to stick with WordPress. Where it’s limitations are sometimes a good thing. I like the current theme I’m using, which I must have selected a good couple of years ago now. It looks clean, fresh, works well across different browsers and mobile devices and is eye-catching in a non eye-catching way. If you know what I mean. I’d prefer the main content section to be a bit wider, just for the benefit of my photos. But one can’t have a cake and eat it too, don’t you know. But, you see, I still like to freshen up now and again.
The Twitter feed is gone. I used to tweet interesting things I found to share. I am far from convinced that anyone ever clicked on any of those tweets. Facebook is a better place to share. I’ve replaced the feed with a bunch of buttons linking to my various social sites around the web. And with a traditional blogroll. I haven’t finished it yet, and probably won’t get around to doing so for a while. Feel free to recommend any must-read blogs out there that I’m missing. I would really have liked to have incorporated Pocket, my latest shiny internet play thing. It was born from the debris of Read it Later, and is my current must-have mobile and web app for saving stuff I find on the web. Alas, they haven’t really mastered sharing yet. There is an RSS feed, but it’s a sloppy job. It’s still an excellent app though – see image below.
Anyways. Did anyone ever actually click on my old tweet feed? Do the new buttons look too shiny? Is it time I changed the look/theme entirely??