Information: Blogging Tech
Blogging can be frustrating for writers, not necessarily because we have trouble writing the content. It’s those technical details that can distract from the writing. Here are my current frustrations:
- Subscription Management: MailChimp, the newsletter service I use, is changing the way it does the subscriber sign-up. Current customers will be converted from double opt-in (sends an email for new subscribers to confirm subscription) to single opt-in (no confirmation email). I can stay with double opt-in by checking the options box by October 31. I’ll choose to stay with double opt-in because spam rules require evidence that the subscriber wants to receive your messages. I have no idea why MailChimp felt they had to do this. At least they made it easy for me to check the box and be done. Still, it took some time to read and understand the message and decide what to do.
- Design: In 2013, I purchased the Canvas theme (design) for my website from Woo Themes. It was recommended at the time because it was “highly customizable.” Oh, and lifetime support (hah). Just this week, Woo announced that they are “retiring” Canvas. In other words, it’s not going to work with future versions of WordPress. Woo recommends that Canvas users convert to another theme, preferably theirs. Not a chance. So now I have to take the time (and money) to choose and install another theme. I’ll probably go with a Genesis-based theme from Studiopress. Watch for a new look.
- Photos: I use Pixabay as much as possible, but it’s often time-consuming to find just the right photo for a blog post. I’m looking for a photo for post entitled “Preaching to the Choir” right now. I can find choirs and preachers but not both together.
I know. Change is supposed to be good, but it also disrupts the routine.
Inspiration: Quotes on Change
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”–John F. Kennedy
“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”–John Henry Newman
Readers, I invite you to comment on your blogging tech frustrations or make recommendations on how to reduce mine. Or share your feelings about change. Newsletter readers, click on the title of the article to go to the site and scroll down to Leave a Reply.