You may have noticed that Casteluzzo has a new look. I’ve been contemplating this for months, and finally made the big switch to self-hosted WordPress yesterday. It only took me three long chat sessions with Aravan in India and then Alexei in Russia (my hosting service is apparently an international employer. Isn’t it ironic that all three of us were up in the middle of the night together keeping faraway American time?) to get everything sorted out. Between my (virtually nonexistent) php skills and their (slightly better) English skills, I’m still not quite sure what I did wrong in the first place. But it’s all fixed now.
Why the switch? Well, I have to admit it’s more for me than for you. I adore the WordPress interface. It’s clean, classic, and non-clunky. And I love the infinite selection of plugins. Let’s face it. Are “The Daily Puppy,” or fish trying to eat your cursor really that useful? Blogger served me well for five years, but by now my template code is bursting at the seams with various little hacks and extra html bits. I’m not a geek, really. Just a control freak. I like it all just the way I want it. And I love to see the possibilities expand.
Besides, I just think WordPress is classy. It’s a great example of successful cooperation that doesn’t involve any uber-authorities or direct financial incentives. Like some kind of virtual utopia. Or Ursula LeGuin’s immortal Ekumen. I’ve never gotten to be part of a commune, and WordPress sort of addresses that inner need.
Yes, there are a few downsides. Worst first: I suddenly have NO FRIENDS! Googly google won’t let me import my followers from blogspot. So if you still love me, please “join this site” on the sidebar. Or you can do the Networked Blogs thing if you like it better. If you have bookmarks pointing to my old site, please update them. The new URL is http://casteluzzo.com. Or just grab a button off the sidebar. If you were subscribed by email before, you’ll need to re-subscribe from here.
And actually, that’s it. There aren’t any other downsides. Hurrah for WordPress!