If we were having coffee, I’d ask you what you did for New Year’s Eve. I’d tell you that I rang in the New Year with friends and had a great time. I lost my phone. It turned out that my friend picked it up because we have the same phone and case. I didn’t even know that my phone was missing until she dropped it off the next day.
That entire situation made me realize that I needed to get a landline again. I swore after Katrina, we didn’t have any cellphone service for days, that I’d never get rid of my landline. Then, I forgot about that declaration and got rid of it a couple of years ago. Since then, there have been events that have continually reminded me that I needed a landline for emergencies and just in cases.
I’d then quickly change subjects and start complaining about WordPress. I know this is supposed to be a new year, new K. Renae, but I never agreed that complaining would not be a part of this new K. Renae.
I was basically MIA from blogging for a few months. When I started posting again in December, there were somethings that changed that I didn’t like. Some of these changes include:
- New stats and insights give me less access to information that I want.
- I don’t have access to my old, old stats anymore. I don’t have access to detailed monthly information. (See exciting update at the end of the post.)
- All these improvements , I don’t have lifetime stats? Why don’t I have lifetime stats?!
- I HATE the blue tragedy that WordPress considers an “improved posting experience”.
- The blue tragedy is my default dashboard.
- My Reader is different. Somehow they made it harder to search for new blogs in the Reader.
- Freshly Pressed is now Discover. I wasn’t around to learn what prompted the name change.
- I can’t change my link text anymore.
- I no longer get a screen congratulating me and telling me what number post I’ve just published.
- All the new components are low res, light colored crap. I hate it.
Somehow WordPress managed to give me less control over my blog as it made improvements. I’m sure I’m late to the Ugh. WordPress is the worst! party, but I’m here now. One of the reasons I chose WordPress.COM over WordPress.ORG was because I didn’t want to deal with behind the scenes blog upkeep; I do enough of that with my webmaster duties. I am starting to become more and more frustrated with the lack of control I have over the infrastructure of my blog. I want the control of self-hosting, but I don’t want to self-host.
I live a complicated life.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip. I would probably spoil the movie, but it would be okay since the movie is terrible.
I took my nieces and two cousins to see the movie. The girls loved it. I thought it was garbage. I’ve loved the Chipmunks since I was a kid, and I didn’t mind the first three movies. But I just couldn’t suffer this one. Maybe I exhausted all of my patience with the first three movies. In other news, I’m not even going to acknowledge what Nickelodeon has done to the Chipmunks.
I sat there the entire time checking my phone for the time. My niece, Lele, scolded me about my glowing phone and that my phone wasn’t supposed to glow during the movie; she reminded me that “they” said that before the movie started. That’s funny coming from a kid who likes to announce what she’s laughing at while she’s laughing: “Hahahaha… Alvin got squirrels!” and “Bwahahahaha, he ran into that thing!” and “Hahahahaha. He said, Alviiiiiiiiiiiiin.” You aren’t supposed to talk during the movie, Lele! They said that before the movie started!
I took the girls to dinner afterward, and we had a great time. Listening to them talk about that ridiculous movie almost made me not hate it… almost.
If we were having coffee, what would you tell me about how you rang in the New Year?
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