Migrating through virtual spaces: what changing blogging platform feels like

So far, I’m not feeling at home here at WordPress. I suppose that’s because home will Sad Minniealways be home and nothing can replace the one place that helped make us what we are (although, honestly, my homeland, Swat, where I was born and raised half of my life, doesn’t feel like home to me … at least these days). I feel like I’m an immigrant all over again, but this time in a virtual space. It feels strange writing a post, trying to understand all the options and settings here, redirecting links from the older blog to this one … it’s a lot of work, it’s not very exciting, and it doesn’t feel homely. But I have to remember that I’ve moved here for my readers’ sake, so the little sacrifices, which are very much temporary, are totally worth it.

It just brings back too many bad memories of when my family and I first migrated to the U.S. and how strange and foreign we felt in our new home.  The same way I now feel when I visit Pakistan (and hence, no, absolutely no plans of ever living there, but frequent visits, I can look forward to). I hate feeling like this. I’m not a stranger to blogging, and nothing should have enough power to make me feel like that. It’s a sucky feeling, almost makes me unexcited about blogging – that’s not acceptable, either, ’cause I’m always excited about blogging. Always.

But despite WordPress’s superiority to Blogger in many ways, there are a few major and important problems–like with writing drafts that don’t always get saved automatically and, OH MY GOD GET THIS, there’s no way to customize your font size and style!! WordPress thinks it knows what’s best for us, and so once we choose a theme, an outer design for the blog, we’re stuck with ALL it comes with, including the default font sizes and types and colors and whatnot; and you’ve to install some apps to have the option to edit your own fonts. (So, yeah, I did install an app for it, but it didn’t work. And I’m too lazy now to figure out what’s wrong. It shouldn’t be that much work!) That’s just unacceptable. Blogger knows better than to subject its readers to its own preferences! But the draft issue is killing me. Like I’d written a draft of this email, but it somehow didn’t get saved and I had to start all over again. That doesn’t help when I’m trying to convert this place into a nice home for my qrrate. It scares and worries me to death that posts might not always be saved automatically while they’re being written because I’m not used to clicking “save as draft” after every few sentences while writing a blog post! Blogger used to just save automatically and you could come back whenever you wanted and work on it for however long you want. I still have drafts from several years ago in Blogger…. yeah, not sure when I’m supposed to sit down and actually complete them. Such great ideas, too. #ToutesLesSighs (this means “lots of sighs”).

That’s all for now, I suppose. Just some random thoughts on what it’s like migrating through and feeling foreign in virtual spaces.

4 thoughts on “Migrating through virtual spaces: what changing blogging platform feels like

  1. Actually, love, you can change things like font colors and size. You can put the html code into the ‘text’ tab when writing a new post. Or, to have WordPress do it for you, wrote the post from your admin dashbord. There, under the “visual” tab, you’ll see those options.

    It’s always hard to move! Hope you feel at home soon.


    • Yeah, I don’t see the option under “Visual” … according to stuff I read on WordPress about it, I’ve to download something that’ll then give me that option, and I did download it but nothing happened. And the instructions there weren’t clear enough for me to know what steps I was to take next!

      And the html code thingie – where do I get that code?


    • *makes face* Don’t download anything. Try this. When you sign into WordPress, the first thing you see is your reader, yes? Click “My Sites” on far left side of the horizontal menu at the top. Under “All Sites” you should see this one listed. Click the little gear icon on the upper left corner of that square containing your blog name. It should take you to the Admin Dashboard when you click the option “Go to Admin Dashboard.” From there move the cursor down to “Posts” on the vertical menu on the left side. Select “New Post.” Select “Visual.” The options above the space where you write the post should include font color and size, options that aren’t included if you take the shortcut and write a post directly from the page you see when you log in.


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