|My sentiments towards Blogger at the moment|
Blogger is pushing ahead with its new interface, which I still incredible frustrating to use.
The "legacy interface", which I've used for nearly 14 years, is being axed on August 24, and there's a possibility that my time here will come to an end as well.
It's not that the new interface is difficult to understand, it's just ugly, glitchy, and painfully slow.
Instead of finding a way to block the legions of spam commentators that hit most of our blogs daily, Blogger has decided to mess with a perfectly adequate interface, introducing unnecessary whistles and bells that just slow everything down.
Things I could do in an instant on the old interface now take an age in the new interface (if I can figure out how to do them at all).
Of course, I accept that Blogger is, and always has been, a free service (offered by Google) and so they can do what they like with it, but this all just feels so draconian ("embrace our sweeping changes or go elsewhere").
Blogger has been inviting feedback on its new interface, but you might as well be screaming into a void for all the good that one-way traffic does.
They also have no traceable customer service department, instead referring all enquiries to the echo chamber of a "user forum", where everyone is as much in the dark - and impotent to employ any positive changes - as each other.
My most likely course of action is to take a break, gather my thoughts, maybe mess around some more with the new interface, see if it'll ever be fit for purpose.
I have to be honest, if I was just starting a blog, I'd probably have no problem with this fancy-dandy redesign - because I wouldn't know it had once been better - but the problem is I have a long history with this site, and a lot of material queued up for future publication.
My newer, and less frequently updated, blogs - such as The Vigilantes Of Knight City and Game Over, Man! Game Over! - won't be affected anywhere nearly as much, if at all.
This transition might actually encourage me to become more active on those sites, but it's HeroPress that's going to suffer.
I'm not going to flounce off in some melodramatic hissy-fit, but I have to admit I'm angry. I don't handle change well and am a strong believer in "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
This blog began back in January 2007, with an announcement that I was starting a play-by-post game, in lieu of a tabletop campaign, for what would be eventually become The Tuesday Knights.
That game never took off, but HeroPress did.
The blog has grown amazingly since then. It's been occasionally frustrating when the technology has gotten away from me, and I've dicked around with the URL a number of times, which has cost me Followers and reliable internal links, but overall I'm very pleased with how things have shaped up.
It's also been a mental lifeline, in the wake of my aneurysm and stroke 15 years ago, and has helped provide a modicum of focus and stability to my wandering mind (even if I was never able to stick to an overall theme for the blog or a setting for my roleplaying ideas).
Having poured almost 14 years of my life into this project (that's longer than any single paid employment I had prior to my illness), you can see why I have come to regard HeroPress as my ikigai, as the Japanese say, my reason for getting up in the morning.
That said, I have been kicking around a half-arsed multi-pronged exit strategy (or Blexit, as I call it):
- I'm going to restart my podcast (if I can conquer my own insecurities about "public speaking" and my inability to string two sentences together without jumbling up the words)
- I'm going to start posting write-ups, reviews, game stuff etc on Tumblr (I know Tumblr is a very different experience, but it's got a simple interface which is easy for a techno-numpty like me to grok)
- I'm going to start a dedicated HeroPress Facebook page (again, it won't have the utility of Blogger, but it'll do for straight forward posting)
I always had this idea that my final post on HeroPress would simply be a picture of a cowboy riding off into the sunset, but even if this blog does go into some kind of enforced hiatus, it's not as if posts won't keep appearing after August 24.
As I've mentioned before, there are currently over 300 picture posts scheduled for the many months, even years, to come: Wonder Woman Wednesdays, Comics Without Context, Geek Pin-Ups, Saturday Morning Matinees etc
So, it's going to be like I'm still here.
But I might not be... I'll be over on Tumblr, Facebook, and/or Anchor.
Or, I could take option four, which is to just say "fuck it" and walk away.
To be honest, option four is looking the most appealing at the moment.