This is pretty much how I am feeling this morning. I have been looking forward to the Easter four-day weekend for so long, now that it is almost the end, I feel a little let down. For starters, I didn’t accomplish even seven-eighths of what I expected. As my practically husband was stuck working two of out the four days, I have spent more time with my washing machine than with loved ones. Oh well. I still have well over twelve hours left. I’d better make the most of it.
One of my goals for my second year of blogging is to finally switch over to a self-hosted site. It’s a terrifying idea for someone who has no clue what she is doing. Like, at all. It has taken me a year to figure out all the features of WordPress.com. WordPress.org is going to be an entirely different matter. I’ve been back and forth over whether the switch will be worth the pain. The thing is, there are so many little things I’d love to do that I can’t with WordPress’ strict security regulations. For instance, I can’t even post the linky tool for the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop. It’s aggravating!
Of course, dealing with web hosts may be equally irritating. But this is the Year of Badassery. Badasses do not back away from scary challenges.
I am also in the process of playing with different designs. Contrary to the opinion of Georgia Little Pea, I have not changed my design since my very first blog post. There is nothing wrong with it, exactly, I just think it is time for something new. It is also going to be a process, however, because I don’t want to lose everything I already have. Backing up data is not my idea of a good time but it looks like part of my last day off is going to involve some form of technical tomfoolery. Yeehaw!
It’s all worth it, right? If anyone has any advice for switching to a self-hosted paid site, I will be eternally grateful. Even just some moral support would help. Reassure me that I am not alone in my stress over fonts and header images. I wish I could afford to pay someone to do all of this for me. Wouldn’t it be nice?
In the meantime, since there won’t be anything of substance on here for the rest of the day, I will direct you to a few more interesting places to visit.
- Blog the Change is celebrating its first birthday and “passing on the torch” to new contributors on June 28th. If you are interested in joining the team to promote real changes in the lives of animals, check it out!
- Will My Dog Hate Me had a new video posted in her fantastic spay and neuter series. This one is a little… Different. If you haven’t been following these often hilarious commercials, you can find more of them here.
- There is also a great new article on dog fighting by Boulder Dog. Deborah Flick makes some interesting comparisons and I really respect what she has to say.
- In case you missed it, last week Mel from No Dog About It wrote two blog posts about the HSUS and HumaneWatch.org’s campaign against the former organization. Both posts are worth a read. You can find the part one here and part two here. Mel also shared a fascinating study put forward by Petsmart Charities via Twitter. It hasn’t been off my desk-top since.
I hope you all enjoy your Monday!