As you’ve probably noticed, this is a WordPress blog. (I really hope you’ve noticed that this is a WordPress blog. It’s very hard to miss.)
As such, the content is provided by yours truly, but the hosting and in fact the site itself all belongs to WordPress. They own it; I borrow it and use the space for vaguely entertaining or edifying purposes. Sometimes.
One downside of this generally equitable arrangement is that from time to time WordPress likes to play around with its own internal architecture. I expect this has a lot of benefits for the software wonks working on making WordPress a better all around engine, and I will freely admit that I’m reaping the benefits, as well as getting a free space to host my ramblings. Don’t mistake me as someone who is not down with the pressers of words.
But it does mean that, from time to time, I will go to some old familiar page like the one for a “New Post,” expecting to be greeted by roughly the same interface I’ve been using all these years:
…and instead I will find the “New Post” window crammed into a teeny-tiny little corner of a larger screen, most of which is white space. Whoops.
Now, there are solutions to this. I can “Go Pro” (as the toolbar urges me to every day) and get considerably more control over the back end (hur hur hur) of the site, allowing me to muck about with frames and interfaces to my heart’s content. I can also abandon WordPress.com entirely and launch an independent site, using or not using the WordPress.org software as I please.
In this case, I also just had to change which “New Post” button I was clicking on — some get you the functional big-screen version and others get you the non-fuctional, teeny-tiny little screen.
But for the casual blogger with no real incentive to spend more money on a “pro” version, or time on editing the website itself, welcome to the gerbil wheel. Your blog is a testing ground and will occasionally be used as such.
BONUS CHALLENGE: Long-time readers (very anal-retentive ones, at least) might have noticed a formatting change in today’s post. I’m trying to teach myself a new habit. Any observant readers have a hunch as to what it is?