My frustration with plugins, themes, and WordPress in general has reached a boiling point. Tonight, I’m going to tear apart the blog and figure out what I’m going to do next. I hope to have the articles back up ASAP, but the rest of the bells and whistles may take a while. It’ll be rough for a bit and she’ll get ugly as I tweak the code. Hopefully when I’m done there will be a glimmer of something new I can take into the future.
UPDATE: Wrestling with Thesis 2.x was too much for me. On one hand it made certain things easier to style, but on the other it removed many important customizations with no clear way to re-implement. I’m throwing in the towel for now.
I’ve been using the Thesis theme since January of 2010 and it’s done right by me most of the time. There were a couple of instances where I had to roll up my sleeves, Google like a madman, and dive into code, but generally Thesis has been a rock solid structure for my blog.
This year they finally made the jump to Thesis 2.0 which was supposed to revolutionize the theme and bring a boatload of bells and whistles to its sizable install base. There was one minor issue… no simple migration path from 1.x to 2.x. When I tried to pop Thesis 2.0 onto my site I was shocked by how different it was. The inner workings and dashboard where a whole new realm for me. This wasn’t a minor job, but a major overhaul of everything to get it back into shape. Throw in a learning curve that I wasn’t prepared for and you have one stuck blog owner.
I’d continue sailing on the 1.x ship if it weren’t for the little things that have started cropping up like incompatibilities with the AddThis plugin and other minor grievances. If it was due to my tinkering I would freely admit the blame, but in most cases nothing was done on my end and shit just stopped working. Just to be clear, the Thesis forums have been an incredible source of support and knowledge for all my issues. I’m not slagging the company only airing some of my frustrations.
And that’s the crux of the issue, I feel stuck. Those who know me well understand how much I absolutely hate being stuck. I don’t have the bandwidth to learn enough for my own overhaul, don’t have the scratch to throw at a web designer to handle for me, and am pretty pissed that the folks who supported this theme in the beginning are being left out in the cold. Right now I’m in the “bitch about it” phase. I don’t think I’ll be in that phase for long and will need to do something in the next couple of months. If anyone has suggestions I’m all ears.
The last couple of months I’ve been unable to focus on any of my writing—personal, fiction, blog—nothing was working even though ideas continued bouncing around my disheveled brain. They poked at me and demanded attention, but I couldn’t gather enough concentration to wrestle them down onto paper.
Instead of dragging things out for another month I decided to cobble together this unorganized post in the hopes that it would quiet down my unruly thoughts.
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