I have been so disappointed with the shape of my blog. Mostly due to Google‘s acquisition of and transition to Blogger beta. My archives shat out on me almost a year ago and it doesn’t appear that I can do anything because the old archives tools have been removed. I cannot upgrade to the new formatting system (“Layouts”) which Blogger offers because it’s only offered to those hosted on BlogSpot.com or those who point their domains to blogspot.
It seems simple, Cole. Switch! Lots of people have done it! Why not move to WordPress? Well, I do have it installed! Then why not use it? I don’t know. I guess I just don’t want to. What?!?
It’s been sitting on my domain for over a year with most of my previous entries converted. do have new entries I’d need to move over and, every time I post here, the list becomes a little longer, unfortunately.
So what’s holding me back?
- Making a layout
- WordPress is too advanced?
- Pure laziness
I have a “new” layout sitting on the domain. I’ve customized most of it but I’m just not super happy with it. Yet, I don’t want to throw it away, so to speak. It’s just hard for me to find layout inspiration these days and I’ve grown much more comfortable with coding than with the graphical side of things. So maybe I just need someone to make me a layout.
It also wouldn’t make a great WordPress layout, even if it works for a personal site – which brings me to my next point. Maybe WordPress is just too advanced for me. I don’t have a blog site, I don’t want a blog site. I have a personal site with a blog which isn’t really the focus.
WordPress themes emphasize the blog. They’re laid out to make rooms for archives and categories and blog rolls and RSS links, none of which are currently displayed on my site layout. Still, I’d like to utilize some of these features but I’m not sure how to have a full featured blog without overshadowing the rest of the site and, while this may sound trivial to most, it’s a big deal to me.
Lastly, I’m lazy. I could just come up with a new layout. I’d have to make it up in PSP then code it all over again, to fit WP no less. I’d need to figure out a way to enrich my blog while the purpose of the site remains the same.
Really, it’s sounding more and more appealing to separate my blog from my site. Of course, that’s not a perfect solution either because it splits up visitors. Bleh.
Ideas? Salvation? Hard Liquor? All welcome!
For now, I manually fixed the archives. It looks much better, partly due to monthly rather than weekly archives and is complete (with some room for future entries).