When I first started blogging, I wanted a simple free platform that was easy to use and would just give me a tiny corner of the internet to chat about books. Blogger was an easy choice and I’ve played around with a few different colour schemes and layouts over the years. Increasingly, though, I’ve found it hard to format posts in the way that I want and irritated by the fact that I can’t quite get my blog looking how I want it to. I’d be the first to admit that I am far from gifted in the coding department and I just don’t want to have to meddle with HTML or pay a developer to make my blog look smart. The app is hopeless and, as I get busier and busier at work, I find myself more in need of a way that I can blog while I’m out of the house. I do write out notes in various notebooks if I have ideas but an alternative would be nice.
I haven’t been posting much of late and while that’s in part because I’m just busy and don’t have as much free time, it’s also because my patience with Blogger’s stupid post formatting has run out. Getting something simple up in a way that looks half decent was just too much hassle.
And so I’ve moved here to a self-hosted WordPress site.
It’s still a bit of a work in progress. I need to sort out my Reviews page so that the links go to the page on this site and not my old one. I need to work out how the devil to get my Disqus comments to show up without actually installing Disqus again (any help gratefully received on that one!). I need to learn more about WordPress and its features and plug-ins. I need to work out how to try and make posts from here show up in the RSS feeds of people following the Blogger version of my blog. Weirdly, though, rather than freaking me out, this list is quite exciting! I’m a big fan of change and this one has made me keen to get back into blogging again. Maybe it also helps that I’ve paid actual money for a domain name and hosting. Skin in the game, as it were.
The design I’ve gone for is fresh and light and, most importantly to me, reflects how I like things to look in my “real life”: neat, uncluttered and simple.
So please tell me: WHAT DO YOU THINK?! Any tips on things I can be doing on WordPress that will make my life easier/my site look even better?