It’s been a long, long time since I blogged with any regularity. I have a blog I host myself — it actually replaced a previous blog when I decided I needed a fresh start — but I haven’t been blogging there all that much.
In fact, I’ve probably spent more time in the past year maintaining it or trying to come up with a design for the thing than actually blogging. Granted, part of my frustration is due to the serious lag time a wireless connection seems to introduce to FTP, which gets old fast when you have a lot of small files you’re trying to upload.
Meanwhile, I’ve got this blog here at WordPress.com that I’m also not using — but which I don’t have to maintain since it’s at a blog hosting service.
Let me repeat that: I don’t have to maintain this blog.
Of course, there’s a drawback: Up until recently, there was no way to customize the look of a WordPress.com blog beyond selecting a theme to use. There’s now a Custom CSS feature, but it’s a paid upgrade… and I’m broke. (Mind you, I don’t have a problem with that feature not being free; I just can’t use it right now.)
But there’s actually a more fundamental issue here: I’m a web designer/developer trying ever-so-slowly to truly break into the web design and development business. The idea of having my blog hosted somewhere where I don’t have complete freedom to play around with the design and behavior of my blog doesn’t sit well with me. It’s a trade-off: I get the convenience of a blog that I don’t have to upgrade or maintain myself, but I give up the freedom to tweak and customize it to my heart’s desire.
Perhaps what I need to do is just blog, and do it regularly til it’s enjoyable again. Could WordPress.com give me that “buzz” that I haven’t had since I first switched to WordPress? I guess only time will tell.
Of course, I could always ask for a blog at [rmfo-blogs.com], but I think Geof would kill me for givng him yet another WordPress installation to maintain when I’m perfectly capable of doing it myself. ;)