Let’s be honest, there’s barely a need for this blog to exist on the web anymore. So why am I still updating the look and feel?
Trust me, I barely put any time into this. My old theme was old, outdated, never updated, and breaking. So a new one needed to be added in order to keep the thing from completely falling apart.
I wouldn’t have even said a thing if I didn’t care to at least have a record of when version 11 was put into place.
Man, I miss the old days where I could code up an entirely original design and spend days upon days fighting with the code to make it work the way I saw it in my head. As much as I appreciate the convenience WordPress has provided us designer/developers, it’s just become too easy. So now everything’s become boiled down, simplified, and worst of all, unoriginal. I suppose it’s like what the microwave oven (and subsequently, TV Dinners) did for cooking in general. Why bother creating your own meal from scratch when you can just look at a row of boxes in the freezer and decide which one you’re in the mood for eating right now? For lazy people like myself, there is no choice.
So, I finally went back and sort of converted the old blogs; the first year I ever blogged, into a semi-normal blog format and it’s now archived and searchable within WordPress. I had to do it a lazy way, though. The whole month is one single post. You can now find them in the Blog Archives in the left sidebar (July 2000-July 2001). Speaking of lazy, here’s a fun excerpt from a trip I took in January 2001 to San Francisco where I talked about how lazy the place was. So weird to think those things weren’t in place over here yet at the time. But now they’re commonplace.
“At the grocery store, when you give your money to the check-out guy, the change spits out a machine next to your bags! And also, when we went to The Olive Garden tonight, instead of taking your name, they give you these round discs that vibrate and light up when your table is ready. Lazy, lazy, lazy…”
So, is there any point to having this blog anymore? No. It’s here just for me to look back upon, although I don’t suggest you do the same.
I decided it was finally time to try and make this homepage a little more… a lot more focused on the Twitter feed and much less emphasis on the blog, which is almost never used. So, cozbaldwin.com version 10 is launched. I’ve made a couple other improvements around the site, particularly in the SEE and LISTEN pages. That’s all.
So I just installed this new WordPress theme on my website… and I’m completely loving it! It’s so funny! To me.
I notice there’s a strange glitch when browsing through pages and through some of the photo albums, though… I hope I can get rid of them because I definitely want to keep this theme around for awhile. HA haha hee hee!
OK, only a few would ever notice, but my site’s now been WordPressatized. That’s how I spent my day. Really.
Yeah I know I just switched to BlogSpot recently, but I was uneasy with the idea of being on someone else’s server. They could have deleted any of my posts for any reason they could justify. Plus, now there’s no re-directing going on when you go to cozbaldwin.com.
The only thing that’s really exciting me about this new era is, on the SEE page, the thumbnails now open all pretty-like to show the larger view.
It should all look pretty much identical to what I had before, so if you see any problems on your end, lemme know by leaving a comment below.
I’m a bit peeved though, because the #1 reason I wanted to switch to WordPress was because there was a plugin which can crosspost to Myspace. But WordPress just updated to a new version and it looks like that plugin isn’t working anymore. Hopefully the author will update it and get it working again. In the meantime, if anyone out there has a good plugin for Myspace crossposting which works with WordPress 2.7+ please let me know!
So after all these years I’ve converted from self-publishing to Blogspot…. I didn’t really want to but the page-ranking is SO MUCH HIGHER. I mean, c’mon…. it’s ridiculous.
Anyway, there ya go.
The main menu is on the sidebar now. Searching the blog is all done through the navigation bar at the tippy-top of the page. I may add more later to the sidebar, as it’s much easier to do now, but whatever. I’m sure it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference to anyone.
Holy crap…… do I need to do a word verification to publish EVERY post from now on??? Yikes.