The Evolution of a Blog

Hello, friends!

Over the last few weeks, a debate has been taking place inside my head.  And the subject of that debate has been: what do I want to do with this blog?

Don’t worry, this blog isn’t going anywhere.  I’ve just felt for a while now that some changes need to be made.  And this weekend, I finally came to a decision about what, specifically, those changes ought to be.

First, I want to thank everybody for the feedback I got on my recent “Looking for Some Feedback” post.  That helped a lot!  The general consensus seems to be that the way I’ve been citing my sources (embedding hyperlinks in the body of my posts) is perfectly fine.  A few people offered suggestions, though, on how to make those hyperlinks stand out a bit better.  I may also start adding a “learn more” section to the bottom of some blog posts, when it feels appropriate.

Secondly, I’ve been a bit frustrated with some of the changes WordPress has made in the last few years.  I’ve had to find awkward workarounds to let me keep doing some of the things I do in my blog posts.  But over the weekend, I found a new theme that will (I hope) be a bit easier for me to work with.  Given past experience, though, I know that switching WordPress themes often involves a period of teething and troubleshooting.  Things might look a little weird for a while.  Sorry in advance.

And lastly… Sciency Words.  This was the hardest decision of all, but I think it’s time for me to discontinue Sciency Words as a regular series.  On the one hand, Sciency Words sort of embodies my whole approach to learning.  If you want to learn about a topic, start with the vocabulary.  Once you know the vocabulary, everything else will be so much easier to understand.

But writing Sciency Words requires a surprisingly hefty research load.  Tracking down the etymologies of scientific terms is hard!  Given the pressures and constraints I’m currently under, both in my creative life and in life more generally, I just can’t keep up with it.  I expect Sciency Words will still exist in some form here on Planet Pailly.  Maybe I’ll have a glossary page, or something like that.  But I can’t commit to doing a regular, weekly series like that anymore.

So my plan now is to take a week or two off from regular blogging.  That way I can switch themes and have time to fix all the problems that switching themes will surely cause.  Then I’ll be back to give you a tour of what’s changed, followed by more posts about science, outer space, and my personal journey as a Sci-Fi writer.

P.S.: I’m also working on a new and improved website for Tomorrow News Network.  Hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more about that when I come back, too.

10 thoughts on “The Evolution of a Blog

  1. Good luck with the theme change. I was forced to change mine last year and it turned into a month long ordeal. Hope your experience is better. (A support person earlier this year suggested changing it again to fix a problem. My reply was a polite version of, “Hell No!” Thankfully the issue got resolved anyway.)

    I’ll miss Sciency Words, but I can definitely understand the burden a weekly series puts on you. I’ve avoided series like that for exactly that reason.

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      1. That’s a really good analogy. I just hope this really does fix the issues I’ve been dealing with. If it doesn’t work, I’d hate to have to do this again in a few months.

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    1. Having that weekly series was good for me, at one point. It helped structure my writing schedule. But now I have a bunch of other commitments to think about, and what I really need now is more flexibility.

      I am planning to keep Sciency Words around in some form. There are a few options I’m toying with. It just won’t be a weekly series anymore.

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  2. Good luck with the switch. Hope it’s not a big pain in the arse.
    I understand the science word posts taking a long time. One reason I stopped doing the A to Z Challenge. Those daily posts took two to four hours each to put together.

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    1. I’m actually planning to do A to Z again next year. One of the reasons I think I need to drop Sciency Words is to free up some time to get some of those A to Z posts done in advance.


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