The right to change one’s mind

Ah, hmm, well, this is quite embarrassing. I quite recently wrote a post about swearing off Twitter, and naturally, after making such a fuss about it… well… I’m back on Twitter.

So, moving on.

It appears that my old installation of Smarter Than… was hacked and the feed essentially ruined (thanks to John for alerting me to the fact). Something weird was happening with the site a while ago as well, so I have bitten the bullet and decided to head on back to the hosted WordPress.com. Dealing with self-hosts is always a pain, and aside from the lack of theme choices, the dot com version seems to work as well as you’d hope.

Now that I have learnt about the shortcodes that allow video embeds, I’m less bothered about the switch – although it does mean having to take a look at old posts and find out whether the videos still work or not (I’m guessing not.)

I’ve sorted out the domain mapping fun and games, so I’m not entirely sure how much changes – you might need to resubscribe to the feed, you might not. I’m good at this stuff.

This is such a radical change from the way I was when I started blogging. Back then, I had little to say, but I was determined to make a great website, coded from the ground up, with HTML and CSS and PHP. The switch to WordPress as a CMS was a wrench that took months to decide upon, but now I can’t even be bothered to host my own words. I have more to say, now, though, so the focus is on content, speed and basically, whatever is the easiest way to be published.

Perhaps that’s why I went back to Twitter as well.

5 thoughts on “The right to change one’s mind

  1. Oooh… Interesting that you’ve gone for having to log in to make a comment. That’s a bit of a change isn’t it? Otherwise looking pretty good 🙂

    And now I can be notified of follow up comments 🙂

  2. it make no sense for anyone to host their own blog in this day and age. who needs the hassle?

    in an ideal world spc blog would be wordpress.com hosted, while the other bits that hang off it would be hosted separately. food for thought.

  3. FWIW My feed started parsing again, no need to change the URL.

    You comment on your focus changing from the tooling to the content hit home with me. I’ve always struggled with the fact that technology and tooling do not allow you to have talent you would not otherwise have. They can allow you to do new things with talent you already had, but that’s it. I have a very good grasp on the technologies that make up the internet and the web, but I’ve never made a web page that was worth 2 shakes from either a design or content aspect. It’s the same as having a really, really nice set of paints or drawing pencils, or graphics program – if you don’t have the skills to use them, you’d be just as well off with a number 2 pencil.

    My life’s been much better since I realized this, though I’m getting kind of tired of telling my family why they’d be much better off getting someone else to build them a web page =).

    ta!

  4. FWIW My feed started parsing again, no need to change the URL.

    Excellent, thanks John 🙂

    It’s the same as having a really, really nice set of paints or drawing pencils, or graphics program – if you don’t have the skills to use them, you’d be just as well off with a number 2 pencil.

    This is a great analogy, I like it!

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