he reason no posts have appeared on this blog in over a week is not the reason for the bulk of my sporadic posting. I was on vacation last week and tried as much as possible to stay away from the computer. The typical reason I don’t post for lengthy periods is that I’ve gone on a binge again. No, it’s not cocaine or even booze; I’m addicted to WordPress – rather, I should say that I am addicted to WordPress and the K2 theme.
I, like many, began blogging a number of years ago on Blogger. One day I saw someone raving about WordPress. That was the day I began the long, lonely journey down that dark, endless tunnel. I started out with a wordpress.com account, but that wasn’t enough. As I began to record and podcast the sermons of my pastor I needed more flexibility, so I made the jump to the “org” side of WordPress. Believe me, the possibilities are endless. The only problem is that “endless” means it never ends; a new plug-in to try out; conflicts to resolve; code to figure out.
And then there is that constant revision of WordPress, which generates all kinds of special problems: a plug-in breaks; a theme no longer functions properly; a developer is slow to update, or worse yet, stops developing a plug in all together, and you’ve become dependent on it for that special look and feel, or vital feature. Now comes the search for an adequate replacement: dig, dig, dig, find . . . no – dig, dig, dig, find . . . yes, ah . . . no – dig – aw nuts!
The problems are endless, but I love it. I just love it; everything about it, I simply love it. That is why I post so seldom. I’m too busy under the hood, fiddlin’ and twiddlin’, pokin’ and twistin’. Some time I I do a WordPress post I’ll tell you about my favorite theme, K2, and why it is as bad or worse than the WordPress platform, but in a good sort of way. Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve added a little flash and glam since I last posted. K2 makes that possible, but it’s never enough. There is always something more, something you saw over at so-and-so’s site, and you’re sure you can duplicate it, if you can remember the difference between padding and margin.
This new site began for a number of reasons. At least one of those reasons was that WordPress 2.5 had come out and I wanted to try it out, but I didn’t want to mess with my other blog that hosts a regular podcast. I just noticed yesterday that the beta version of WordPress 2.6 is out. The official release is suppose to be sometime later this month. I have mixed emotions. I’m just getting settled into 2.5.1, and I like it – I think. On the other hand, I can’t wait to see what they have done this time. One last word: I’m addicted.