Okay. I was all set to write a nice post having to do with things like noise and silence, which is fitting given how long it's taken me today to get to blogging in the first place.
So I go to my blog, click on the "new post" button, and....
Those of you who are using Blogger know what I'm talking about. For those of you who don't blog or don't use Blogger, let me tell you what has happened.
For years now I've opened that "new post" window and seen a small friendly tan-trimmed rectangle wherein I could enter my posts. It had easy-to-find buttons for things like links and quotes and justification and so on, and down at the bottom you could set your post options, for things like whether you were going to allow comments and whether or not you wanted to schedule the post for a later time. It was easy on the eyes, and intuitive, and best of all it was familiar.
See, I hate certain kinds of change. Furniture rearranging is fine, as are other household moves. New routines and new schedules take some getting used to, but I can deal. A new electric can opener won't really throw me off my stride, and even a new fridge that looks almost exactly like the old one--emphasis on almost--has not taken me long to adjust to.
But I hate when electronics change. I hate having to buy a new computer monitor, for instance--it's as if somebody moved a window in my home while simultaneously moving the neighbor's house slightly, too. I hate it when you upgrade a word processing program and all the tools and buttons you're used to are now in different places and do different things--because I have to stop writing long enough to think about them, and it throws me off my stride.
And now, instead of my familiar tan rectangle I get an ugly square of glaring, Eyestrain White against an uglier block of gray. Buttons are stretched out along the top, with the "Compose" and "HTML" buttons on the opposite side of where they used to be; the "justification" menu requires a pull-down, and the whole look "behind the scenes" is so depressingly mind-bogglingly unattractive and unappealing that I don't honestly know how long I'll be able to keep blogging on this platform.
Which is ironic.
Because for years other blogging friends have told me to come to WordPress or some other platform so I could experience the perks: better comment moderation, more options for post appearances, more design possibilities, fewer failures or other glitches, and so on. And my answer has always, always been: Oh, I know Blogger's not that great, but it's what I'm used to. It's familiar. And I hate change...
Well, Blogger, if you're going to impose these ugly, unwanted changes on me whether I like them or not, maybe it's time I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried somebody else's blogging platform. Because right now, tonight, I really, really hate Blogger....