Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Meet The New Blog. Same As The Old Blog.

In an effort to spice things up a bit here, I signed up for the Blogger Beta service in the hopes that I would be able to move this hunk o' web space to it, and thus modify the layout much more easily. Maybe I'd change the background a little bit (I'm thinking a nice taupe. What say you? Hmm?) Perhaps I'd adjust the list of links on the right hand side. I could litter the site with small subliminal expletives, etc... This new beta version of Blogger (as opposed to the regular version - although I own the domain name and have my own web host, I still use Blogger to publish this page) apparently allows one to change things simply by clicking and dragging the elements to the template as opposed to what you currently have to do - dive into the template's HTML code and alter it. I thought this to be, as you might guess, a very exciting development, because although I may sound all techie hoity toity by throwing out phrases like "alter the code", I actually execute that task rather poorly. Click and drag, therefore, is a much welcome innovation.

Or it would have been had it worked. Not one to ever bother with directions or fine print, I didn't pay any attention to the fact that you 1) needed to be invited to switch over to the new service as they're only moving a small amount of people over at a time and 2) cannot yet move if you publish your blog on an non-Blogger server (as I do.) All of this was staring me in the face when I decided to sign up. Somehow, I just missed it. So now, I've got an account with Blogger (where I'm typing up this post) and an account with Blogger Beta with nothing in it, and seemingly no way to merge the two.

What does this mean for you, the average reader? Nothing at all, except that I'm pissed... so, still... nothing at all. The blog will continue on with the same layout for the foreseeable future, and I'll continue to post as regularly as only I know how.

Oh, and... yeah, about the, uh, number of posts lately. See, it goes a little something like this. 250 Japanese students have recently arrived at the school where I work, all of them bearing laptop computers and little knowledge of English, save for one word - "Internet-o." Somehow I get suckered into setting them all up with wireless access (probably because that's my job - even though I don't want it to be) which takes inordinate amounts of time and takes away from other, uh, life affirming pleasures like writing blog posts. Plus, Miss Goofus decided to stop by for a wonderfully timed, fun-filled visit recently and we were busy doing all sorts of things the high and mighty do, like attending the theahtah and watching bad TV shows. Time has been short, in otherwords.

Plus, there's also the issue of the posts themselves. When I first started this blog, I wrote smaller posts at a more frequent pace. For the past couple of months, I've been writing posts that would rival masters theses (is that right? or is it thesis's?) in length - only one or two every couple of weeks - and in doing so, I've somehow pressured myself into trying to write "the best post ever" every time. Doing so takes time - a lot of it - and I would often discourage myself from writing, thinking I could better spend that time doing something else - like playing Warcraft or watching 24.

Screw 'dat, yo. Time to get back to basics. I won't make any pledges, promises or oaths, but I'll just say I'm going to try to make more of an effort to write shorter, more frequent posts and see how it goes. I have vague memories of making a similar statement some months ago (and we all know how that turned out) and it's quite possible the same thing will happen again - I'll be gung ho for a few weeks and then slowly let up. But, for what it's worth, I'm aware of the trend and will do what I can to avoid succumbing to it. I know, I know. Your probably thinking, 'Self knowledge will avail you nothing', or some jazz like that. NOT true, mon frere. If nothing else, self knowledge will avail me a guilt trip which I can use to kick my ass in gear again. So there. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy the not new layout, download an MP3, peruse the archives, or leave nasty comments. I'll just be off to the side here... altering mah codez. Toodles.


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