Tonight, from a combination of several reasons (mainly the fact that my last entry was posted in JULY [?!?!] and seeing other much more productive and loquacious bloggers update their respective journals with such lovely, enlightening posts) I was overcome with the urge to do something with this blog. Fix it up, upgrade, change things, change everything, perhaps, in hopes of it all motivating me to blog more often. (And honestly something needs to be done when I can’t even blog once a month! )
So off I went logging into the admin panel for the first time in … awhile, clicking through to the Backup/Restore page, attempting to backup my WP files to my computer. First roadblock: PHP errors. Oh-kay, I thought. Maybe I’ll just manually save the files… Or perhaps I needn’t after all, I probably have them saved somewhere deep in the depths of the My Webs folder. I then proceeded to backup the Database files, which went smoothly.
Then I attempted to tweak the theme files. In my ambitious imaginations, I envisioned myself posting shorter, more frequent, focused, and easily-digestable entries, which lead to the need for displaying several posts on the front page for easy access to visitors (if any ). Should’ve been quite easy, yes? Just editing a line or two of the template file, perhaps another line in the CSS file to remove the "Latest Entry" sign… Nope. Second roadblock: it wasn’t that easy. More CSS edits were necessary to fix the background and
div layers and other fiddly annoying things that I had no patience for. So what did I end up doing? I just undid the changes on the two files and convinced myself that one post on the front page works just fine for me.
Next on the to-do list was upgrading WP, and off I went to the official site to download the latest version. Oh, what’s this? Version 2.8.4, I see. Right, I wonder what version I’ve been using all this while. Expecting something like 2.6-ish, I stumbled across my third roadblock: Aneesah’s Hideaway is on WP 2.2.1. That must be beyond ancient! Upgrading across such a huge gap will bound to bring problems. I came across the Plugin Compatibility page and after discovering that my first three used plugins (out of… a lot) were not in the list — you can guess what happened. I gave up on upgrading as well. Remembering that upgrading requires deleting the existing files and uploading the new ones via FTP, roadblock four arised: I don’t even have any FTP software. Though this one was easily fixed by downloading FireFTP, which I have used before.
I then contemplated on my options… Any options, all options. I suppose they might be something like this:
1) Give up blogging altogether
Delete this site completely. Remove all traces of aneesah.pixelled.com off the face of the WWW. I don’t seem to need it as much anymore, after all. Perhaps Flickr for my crafts stuff and Facebook for everything else would suffice. Perhaps the blogger in me has died after laying dormant for so long. It’s not that I have nothing to say, it’s just that I don’t find the need to write it out here anymore.
Though, on the flip side, it’s always such a feeling of accomplishment after spending hours writing and editing and adding pictures and links and finally clicking Publish. It’s always a joy to receive comments, to know that people read what you wrote, subscribe to the feed, and care enough to give their feedback. Reading my old entries is also … interesting to do, sometimes. And I think I wouldn’t want to completely cut off ties with my readers (oh yes, all four of you ) or people who aren’t on FB or anybody else who may or may not care about this blog.
2) Do a complete overhaul
This choice is the other extreme. The idealistic, I-wish-I-could-do-this dream. I shall slap a huge UNDER CONSTRUCTION sign on this page, start from scratch, upgrade WP, find new plugins, perhaps make a new theme or find a suitable one, and be a good proper blogger. What’s great is everything will feel fresh and clean: proper coding, new look, updated scripts, etc. What’s not great is I don’t think I have what it takes to do all that. Especially not if I would like to get everything finished during what’s left of my holidays. (Term starts on 28 September.)
3) Pack up and move
The next options are somewhere in between the two ends of the spectrum. I could move this blog, to somewhere more convenient, that doesn’t require so much work on the technical side. Something like WordPress.com or Blogger.com. I don’t even mind using pre-made themes anymore, or not being able to change everything about the layout. I don’t mind not having a Guestbook or Miscellaneous page or Downloads. I don’t mind being one of the "common bloggers" who aren’t webdesigners and don’t have their own domains/subdomains. (No offense intended. It’s just that I was once very active in this world of coding layouts and visiting other personal sites [as they were called back then] and commenting and link-exchanging, the whole shizz, and I’m not anymore.)
4) Stick with what I have, do little things
Maybe I don’t need to upgrade WP if it works just fine the way it is. I might not even change this I-don’t-know-how-many-year-old layout, which I still like for it’s rainbowy-ness and threaded comments and decent functionality. Some light cleaning and tweaking might be all it needs. And a good dose of updates on the entries-side. Then again, I could also choose the last option and…
5) Do nothing.
Heh heh. Leave everything as it is. Blog once a month, once in two months, or even not at all. Disappoint the subscribers and neglect the readers. Perhaps nobody would even miss anything, and that’ll actually be a good thing. This is the Ultimate Lazy Choice, and the one I hope I won’t resort to.
So, dear humans, feel free to share your thoughts. I’ll likely do #4 (…or #5 hahahaha ), but your opinions matter to me, very much. Go ahead and shout.
And if I sound rather different,
or storyteller-like, it’s because my "summer" holidays have been filled with reading kiddy books — HP and the HBP, DH (both for the second time, or third, I can’t remember) and also the first three Narnia books (belonging to Aman), which I’ve never read. Otherwise I’ve been
spending wasting insane amounts of time online, or sleeping. My (mum’s) sewing machine was just repaired today and I managed to finished one zipper pouch that I started ages ago, other than some small hand-sewn projects.
I’ve been baking stuff occasionally — muffins, waffles, and kuih cornflakes but no new pictures, I’m afraid. (In any case, Food Album is located here. My fellow Muslims, please browse only between sunset and dawn until Ramadhan ends, thank you. ) Speaking of Ramadhan, I might make another post about that. But Ramadhan Mubarak and Eid Mubarak anyhow. I’ll be flying back to the UK shortly after Eid, InshaAllah.
That’s about it for now, take care.