This post was going to be about how to have a completely free blog with lots of space and nice design and no upgrades. Instead, it’s going to be a bit of self-indulgence, because that’s what I need.
After my previous post on the No Ads upgrade, a few people asked me some questions about domains, upgrades in general, and so on. WordPress.com stuff. And I started writing a post that got longer, and longer.
After writing quite a bit of it, I wasn’t happy with what I had, so added some, removed some, and generally got into the editing. I hate editing, always have hated it. Years ago my mind was clear, I had an incredibly good memory (close to photographic), I had pretty good concentration and could focus. These days I have very little of any of those. My concentration and memory are shit. So when I write a post – unless it sort of runs straight out of me and gives me the automatic reaction when I read it back of “now that’s good!” or “wow, that’s funny!” I am not happy with it. And generally, when I’m not happy with something the damn vibe of it trails around after me spoiling everything else for days. That’s what’s happened.
I’ve struggled with that damn post for four or five days now, and that’s enough. I’ve given up. And I’ve gotta tell you – I hate giving up. But I’ve got to. And d’you know what? When I step back from this blog I ask myself: whose life am I living?
Now that, to me, sounds unnecessarily selfish. But that’s how I was brought up: not to put myself first.
I was a tiny child in the 1950s. Yeah – if you’re much younger than me, I know that makes me sound antique and quite honestly I feel like I am, quite often. But the thing is – I don’t NEED to feel like that.
Here are some things I could be doing if I weren’t sitting here worrying about how to write a damn blog post and have it make sense to someone other than me. Heck no, not even have it make sense to someone other than me but have it make sense to me, too. I could be in the garden feeding the birds which earlier today stood by my feet taking tiny bits of suet I was breaking up for them (hubby said that they like soldiers and I didn’t believe him, but he was right), we’ve four baby blackbirds one of whom is devastated that we’ve run out of grapes so suet soldiers have to do. I could be drawing with a real pencil and paper instead of being glued to the computer using Photoshop to make puzzles for my account on Jigsawplanet.com where I am Seahorse. (Yep, that’s a link to me as ‘Seahorse’, there. And my puzzles. Which you can do, if you want.) I could be listening to that music that I was going to listen to this morning and didn’t. I could be making a miniature that I was going to make for myself (and what it is going to be is a secret or it wouldn’t be just for me, so there). I could be sorting books or labelling minidiscs or washing toads or hemming artichokes… or bloody hell, anything really. I don’t know, but I could be doing something different.
Somehow, in the past few years, I’ve got stuck in the ‘helping people’ mindset. That would be fine if I would allow myself to become one of the people that I help, but I kind of put myself at the back, out of view and then by the time I need my own help, my energy for that has gone.
So, for now I’m going to leave you with very little in the way of a post on upgrades. Instead, I’m just gonna say “here are some running dots”…. and help myself for a change.
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PS. The gist of my post was this: none of the upgrades are compulsory and there’s no such thing as a Premium user, just someone who paid for stuff they might not have needed. You don’t have to have a domain. (Well, you don’t. I did.) All it does is remove the ‘wordpress’ bit of your blog address and you have to pay for it forever, even after you die (unless you’re a zombie in which case you probably wouldn’t care, or you might go and eat Matt Mullenweg‘s brain, which is what I’d do if I were a zombie.) You don’t have to have the space or videopress upgrades, instead you can host your pics, music and videos on media sharing sites such as Flickr, Youtube, Vimeo and others and use the URLs from there. (‘URLs’ sounds a lot like a nasty infection of the undercarriage, but isn’t really.) You don’t have to have the custom design – look what I did with this blog without it (without the custom design, I mean. I am frequently ‘without it’ in other areas: currently I am without a long cool drink. It’s damn hot here, 81 degrees in the shade. If you can call my room ‘the shade’.) You don’t have to have the No Ads upgrade. Well, you do have to have it if you’re me, but you’re not me, are you? You don’t have to have a premium theme. The one I use here on Arty Old Bird was free and was one of the goddawful worst of the bunch and look how I changed it. Don’t believe me? Here’s the original. Its original self is horrid but I wouldn’t part with it for the world ‘cos it actually has (or had, as it’s no longer available but I still get to keep it) all the thingeys I needed for customization. And…
… oh heck, I just wrote the damn post!
Don’t play this unless you were a punk or mad. Or both. Or still are.