21 January 2014

Blog CPR

First Snow - Oil on canvas


I have a confession to make. It's been 3 years since I paid any attention to this blog. What happened is I moved from Blogger to a self-hosted Wordpress site. Things were going fine, but slowly I stopped blogging as I started to concentrate on other activities. There is only so much time in a day, so in order for me to continue my photography career while also making time for painting, something had to give. The easy decision was to quit spending so much time online. I quit visiting other blogs, and I quit blogging myself. Sometimes I'd miss it, but more often that not I didn't.

Recently I have become disillusioned by Wordpress. It started with my daughters blog getting hacked, which lead me to realize just how much time people around the world are devoting to trying to access and exploit self-hosted Wordpress blogs. The other thing that happened was the plugin I used for my image gallery was bought by a company known for profiting from photographers using Wordpress. It didn't take long for them to make two versions - a free one and a paid one. The free one has glitches (of course). My main complaint is how slow it is.

 I had used this companies paid templates before. They were expensive and I expected a lot from it. What I got was a system which was full of glitches and horribly slow. I soon kissed my $300+ investment goodbye.

So what does that have to do with me performing CPR on this blog? I'm tired of Wordpress and all the hassles and glitches. I've got my photography portfolio hosted on PhotoDeck. (If you are looking for a similar service you can use the coupon code YG@UWUFAI for 50% off your first month.) And I recently set up my painting portfolio on Faso. Both of those sites are more expensive than self hosting, but they have so many more features; and most importantly - free me from the duties and worry of maintaining everything and protecting it from hackers.

My time has become a precious resource so I'm happy to pay a little extra for the services. However, I now realize that my main website is no longer needed. I've had my domain name Uncommon Depth forever, and don't want to lose it, but don't really know what to do with it. So I'm here testing things out to see if maybe assigning it to Blogger is the solution. What I like about Blogger is the community and how it integrates with G+, and other social networks.

My other option is to try to revive my web coding skills and go back to a plain jane basic website and just ditch Wordpress.....but that takes up time.