Disclaimer: I used to use Blogger. Not only did I use Blogger, but I actually created themes for it. When Bowery Boogie began back in 2008, my buddy Elie created a Blogger account. It, like many other sites, was black text on a white background. One day, the New York Times’ City Room blog linked to Bowery Boogie and I told Elie that in order to be taken seriously, we needed an actual layout and design. That was the beginning of my customization projects.
Coming from a background in static HTML sites (when I started coding, it was all about tables) this was a crash course. Looking back now, I’m embarrassed that I couldn’t even use the correct spelling of WordPress– let alone distinguish between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Instead of hiding this ridiculous post, I’ve decided to preserve it to remember that three years ago I thought that Blogger was the answer to blogging, and now I’m coding custom WordPress themes that served 2.2 million unique users last month.
Warning: do not believe any of the following. It was written on January 5, 2009. For the love of all things good, use WordPress.
So in all fairness I decided to edumacate myself with Word Press tonight. Blogger has been great to work with and customize. Took CSS like a fat boy takes cake. Easy. Figured Word Press would do the same thing.
Step 1: Sign up for an account. Easy since I have everything else that Google offers (AdWords, Analytics, Webmaster, AdSense, Gmail, Documents etc.)
Step 2: Drag and drop widgets that accept code. So easy that 99% of people on Blogger never stray beyond this. If they even try it at all. I think most people use that tiny 2 column white-on-white template.
Step 3: Figure out how Blogger codes it’s bid-ness and tweak it using any CSS that I want. Ok this part is trickier, not gonna lie.
Step 4: Realize that I could use the CSS that I already coded for my own site and just drop in the little Blogger widgets where needed.
Step 5: Tweak a little bit. (Still on that step)
Step 1: Sign up for an account. Ok, still pretty easy. Figured as much.
Step 2: Try to figure out how Word Press did their module thang. Lots of head scratching. Still haven’t figured it out.
Step 3: Give up on step 2 and move on to CSS. Found the menu that said CSS and read through a long list of warnings.
Step 4: Enter some CSS code and hit preview. Notice how these steps are shorter? It’s pretty much as I lost my patience.
Step 5: Wait for the screen to show you a preview and tell you that in order to make it happen, you need to pay them. That is not cool Word Press. I’m sure you have a bunch of sweet features and maybe I’ll bother to find them one day, but you really annoyed me.