I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. On the one hand, it allows me to reach a wonderful community of like-minded enthusiasts, sharing with them my triumphs and travails in typewriter collecting. On the other hand, the more time I spend on my blog, the less time I have for actual real-life pursuits. And the novelty of typecasting wears off after a while - I love to type, of course, but the prospect of hauling out the scanner, uploading and resizing images... at least I managed to get it down to a routine where it was not quite as daunting/ time-consuming as it could be.
I don't want to announce anything too drastic, yet. After all, I have had other blogging slumps and it is fine to take a couple of weeks off here and there to engage in other interests, and then catch up by and by. I do have a few more posts in mind - some new acquisitions, some painting jobs to show off, lots of sightings in the wild, perhaps even some forays into discussing my new discovery of a vintage sewing machine obsession (one that was probably lurking beneath the surface of my typewriter addiction all these years, now that I think of it!).
That said, when I take a hiatus from blogging - intended or not - I tend not to look at the blog much myself, either. I assume it will stay dormant but largely intact, ready for me to pick up where I left off when I can make some time for it.
Or so I thought, until I took a look today. What happened to my Followers gadget? My "Recent Comments" thingamajig? Both refuse to display and there is a forbidding message to the "webmaster" (I suppose that would be me?) to verify some URL or the other. Just to be clear - I loathe this stuff. HTML and so on, the inner workings that make this blog tick. I would rather not know, and I have neither the time nor the inclination to attempt puzzling it out. Just give me a template, a form to fill out and I am all set. And now this?
I realize Google is attempting to retire their "Friend Connect" and force everyone to link up via Google Plus, but I don't see this change being enforced on any of the other blogs I read so far. I have tried to look up what exactly the problem is with my malfunctioning gadgets, but I am still no closer to resolving the issue and the whole thing gives me a headache. Time to retire this blog? I don't know what hoops Google/ Blogger would have us jump through in order to continue to use this platform, but it is clear that they are evolving whether we like it or not and we will have no choice but to follow along or get dropped. Is it worth it for me to attempt to maintain a blog here? I am not sure. I never looked seriously at Wordpress, but perhaps I should (assuming I want to keep writing a blog, which is to be determined. I would miss sharing my market sightings, though...)
Anyone have any ideas how I can get this back to normal? I realize now I can only see my blog as genevatypewriters.blogspot.ch (since I am looking it up from Switzerland) whereas before the .com worked just fine for me. Does that have something to do with it? I don't know if I can help that. Sigh.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.