Here I am more than a month later with a WordPress blog with comments and all that new-fangled stuff. What took me so long? Well, partially I found myself at the time I went on hiatus just plain crazy busy. Which I still am.
Partially I was also feeling, for reasons I don’t clearly recall any longer, very irritated with blogging. I think there were some discussions going about a month ago which annoyed me and I’ve long since learned that writing online when you’re feeling really irascible is a bad idea. I think at least some of it was various entries about Andrea Dworkin’s death. I think I needed a bit of a blog vacation.
But a lot of it was simply that I wanted to learn CSS and do my own WordPress theme and not feel just completely clueless about what was going on underneath the hood. Many many people keep telling me this is easy. Well, I don’t think it is. Yes, just setting up a plain old Kubrick-theme blog is not so hard, though I suspect I’m going to find out I screwed up something even in the basic administrative set-up. But doing a theme of your own? Holy crow. Yes, I readily understand conceptually all the many advantages to CSS but it is, at least for me, vastly more difficult to use than clunky old HTML. I can’t even figure out how to put images up anywhere here, let alone really customize it. There’s a modest local difficulty here also with my gaining access to the shell directories where this thing lives that’s probably soluable once we get past the chaos of the semester.
So I apologize for the plain-Jane look, but I wanted to get back online and blogging again. It’ll be interesting finally having comments: I’m a bit nervous about it, as one of the main motivations I took into blogging was to get away from the call-and-response rhythms of asychronous conversation in my own online writing.