I like to keep Phil on his toes by changing blogging platforms every few months.
Actually, he’s the only person I know that gives me grief about doing so. And I deserve it.
Usually my changing of blog platforms is symptomatic of something else going on in my life, almost always it happens during a time of high stress.
When the going gets tough, the tough fiddle around with to-do list apps and blogging platforms.
This time isn’t much different. Though it has come along with a few realizations about my own struggles with writing regularly.
- When I look back at my very first posts from 2005, they were mostly things that would have gone into some sort of social media platform nowaways. It seems obvious, but it’s a realization that’s come with clarity.
- Squarespace is a really, really great service for hosting a website. The only issue I’ve had with it is the friction inherent in their writing tools. How many clicks does it take to get to the text input field on a new post in Squarespace 7? It seems like a lot. And while that is certainly an excuse, it was also adding friction to a task that I don’t need any help avoiding. I want to post more frequently, and I want to post smaller bits, and I don’t feel like wading into the depths of their CMS to do so.
- The reasons that I’ve been avoiding using WordPress are largely irrelevent. In fact, the reasons to use it vastly outweigh the negatives. Just about everything that you could possibly want to do with a blog or a website is right there. It just works, as they say. They have plenty of statistics to show just how successful they are. Most bloggers (mainly beginners) may be more likely to use a platform like this that is easy to use and generates good figures.
- I don’t like writing in web forms. This is related to a few of the other bullets on this list, but if I never have to copy and paste from a native text editor into a web form again, I’ll be a happy guy.
So that’s that. I’ve broken the seal on the new site. Same as the old site, but hopefully a better place to write.