Life Gets Tedious Don’t It? – Or – Whatever Became of Sandra’s Problems With the Customizer?

COMPUTER WITH TONGUE OUTWell, I thought I’d give you a little update concerning my going round and round with WordPress over the lack of control I now have with the look of my blog. After communicating with several different technicians — most of whom told me something that conflicted with what others told me — I have come to this conclusion. I can still change the background color of my blog — but only if I go through the round-about way of doing so. But we can’t have any changes that make sense or that are simple and easy, now can we?

Unfortunately, the one thing all the techs agree on is that I can never change the color of my header text again. Now, being a ‘picture person,’ I like to change my header picture frequently, and I generally change my header text color and my background to compliment each picture (as all of you know). That being the case, I changed my text on here to white the last time (almost two weeks ago.)  Now I’ve learned that I can never change it again unless I buy an upgrade.  Of course, some of the free themes still say that changing that header color is still a free option. But — according to the techs — that is not true.

Here’s what’s happened. Without giving us any advance notice that I can find anywhere, WP decided to drop the option of changing the header color for free. Now they insist on making us buy an upgrade for that option, and now – with no warning – I’m stuck with this dilemma: On this site (“In Love With Words”) I can never again change my background to white, or no one will be able to see the title of my blog. On my “Happy Patriot” site, I will have to always use a picture and background that blends with bright red, because the title is currently bright red and there’s no way to change it back to black.  And I have the same problem on my other two sites. Honestly, if I weren’t so aggravated, I’d roll in the floor laughing at such ridiculousness.

I have two blogs on Blogger, but I had decided a couple years ago to focus only on my WordPress sites — and there are 4 of them. After all this mess — along with several other changes that have taken place recently that have made my blogging experience unhappy — I seriously thought about giving up on WP and just moving all my stuff to the Blogger sites.

The only thing that stopped me was thinking about all of you — the sweet people I’ve come to know and love over these four years. I know that a handful of you would follow me to Blogger and continue to stay in touch. But most of you wouldn’t bother. And I understand why. All of us are so busy these days that the only way we can actually stay connected on a regular basis is if it’s quick and easy to do so. With the majority of my followers being WordPress bloggers, it’s easy for all of us to stay close. If I move, that connection with most of you will be lost.

So —- I have taken a deep — deep — deep — deep breath, and decided to stick it out for now. I’ll do some experimenting and see what I can find that will let me come as close as possible to making my sites look like I want them to look.  Besides, it’s true for blogs the same as it is true for human beings: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when you love someone, she looks good to you, no matter what her hair, clothes, or make-up looks like. And I know that so many of you love me — even as I do you — so you won’t really care even if I have a lavender picture posted onto a bright orange background. Ewwwww!!!

Mostly, though, I just feel sort of sorry for the WordPress “happiness engineers.” They have a rather thankless, almost impossible job trying to explain why all these changes should make us happy.



7 thoughts on “Life Gets Tedious Don’t It? – Or – Whatever Became of Sandra’s Problems With the Customizer?

  1. Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.’ (Deuteronomy 1:21 NKJV)
    Exchange “set the land before you” to “set the blog before you.” 🙂

  2. I’ve just typed a long comment and its disappeared! I was saying how your site looks fab and that I sympathise with you frustrations etc, but that I think WordPress is the best of the bunch. Hope my comment hasn’t gone to entirely the wrong place.

    1. I’ve had comments disappear like that too. And it’s sort of like e-mails that never get delivered, but never come back. I’ve often asked, “Just where do they go?” In fact, I’ve often asked, “Just where is cyberspace anyway?????”

      I appreciate the compliment on my site, but, of course, part of my complaint is that I will not be able to keep it — or the other 3 sites — looking like I want them to any longer. But I’ll figure something out. It’s time to change my picture, so I’ll probably do some experimenting today. I don’t really enjoy Blogger as much anyway because the people over there just don’t seem as friendly. And the people we meet and get to know are what really counts.

      But I figured I didn’t need to complain behind anyone’s back, so I wrote to the happiness engineers and gave them a strong piece of my mind and asked them to forward it to the top and invited the guy at the top to reply to me. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

  3. Sandra, the issues that you are having with WordPress echo life in general. We are in a season of transition that is painful. Our circumstances are difficult because we are transitioning into something very good. The comment that Lee made about taking the promised land really rings true with me. Change is difficult and often messy. A butterfly was a caterpillar who undergoes complete transformation in a tight restricted chrysalis until the transformation is complete, Then there is the struggle to emerge. This struggle causes the circulation in the wings to start so the wings can become functional. After emerging and resting, the butterfly flies and soars leaving the restrictions and the past behind. It is time to look forward because great things are in your near future of blogging. You will soar as one of great beauty that delights many. Focus on Jesus not the circumstances! Your best is yet to come!

    1. I certainly receive that encouraging word, and I do believe you are right. On a personal level, my life has been one of multiple transitions during this past year — almost all of them good — but I suppose I was hoping that the four blogs I work with would not have to add to the workload of change just now.

      But I truly do try to do all things in my life as unto the Lord, so I’m just going to keep going onward and upward as much as possible and leave the rest in His hands. I did make clear to the WP people available to communicate with that I felt this particular move on their part was unfair to their whole blogging community, and I at least have given them an opportunity to take a second look at the situation and show more consideration for the people who have made them the number one blogging network currently. What they do with that opportunity is up to them. I’ll just try to continue to appreciate the relationships that I’ve been blessed with through those blogs. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your heart with me.

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