I decided on ‘impasse’ because it’s accurate and grown-up and sounds better than snit, but a snit is what this is. It was brought on by a theme upgrade. Amazing how such a minor change can unleash a full blown identity crisis, isn’t it? Well, no. This is what I do when I start feeling bored or handcuffed or dismissed. I blow up the status quo.
Next thing I know, I’m standing in the smoking smithereens of a once well-ordered life. And, yoohoo, here I am again, right on schedule. Except this time, I’m afloat in a sea of nothingness, a post-apocalyptic world void of life and personality. I had high hopes when I changed themes. I really did. A clean, minimalist look loaded with white space and options sounded ideal, practically made to order.
The reality, however, was quite different.
The NEW, new editor was my waterloo. Even with the cheerful, unflagging guidance of WordPress Support I’m completely lost. Don’t get me wrong, there are a bunch of welcome improvements. Better typography options, for one. More spacing options for text. Lots of great stuff. But navigating the controls is intensely frustrating and, in the end, image placement remains unyielding and compulsory. Blocks prevail.
If I was a coder or IT proficient, there’d be hope. I’m neither. So for the last couple of weeks I’ve cycled through four of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, and depression and that’s where I stalled out. At depression. Acceptance, the final stage, isn’t in the cards for me. I will not accept a homely whirly girl. I can’t. I won’t. I’ll flounder, instead.
I considered having a site built. I looked into self-hosting. I looked into drag and drop technology from another developer. All good possibilities if I was smarter or richer or braver. What I am is back at square one with a bee in my bonnet and a chip on my shoulder.
There’s a solution, somewhere, I know it. I may have to go backward to find it or sideways or make failed attempt after failed attempt, but I’ll get there. Someday. Bloody and battered and dazed, but proud once again. I took my first step yesterday afternoon when I renewed the domain name, thereby assuring thewhirlygirl.com will carry on until at least January 17th, 2024. In the interim, visitors should prepare for outages, disruptions, mayhem, inconvenience, and occasional ugliness. In other words, business as usual.
Thank you for your long suffering loyalty. You are all my heroes, every one❣️
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