As if things weren’t already a bit s**t, The Daily Post is closing down. For those of you who don’t know what that is, well, it is the best part of WordPress. It is what makes WordPress the best blogging website there ever was and will be, and it is the reason why WordPress has a true feeling of community.
I do not say these things lightly. I am never one for exaggeration when it comes to matters of the heart, and if what I say sounds hyperbolic, then it is every bit as sincere as it is over the top. All of social media is, no surprises here, pretty self-indulgent, but The Daily Post has really pushed bloggers to think creatively and to participate in the endeavours of people from around the world. With daily prompts or “inspiration”, the Community Pool where many of us frequently gathered to share and give each other feedback and often, made friends, to First Friday, a feature that wasn’t there when I started out, but which helped scores of new bloggers in making this work. Then there are various, completely free, writing courses on blogging, poetry etc, with substantial downloadable ebooks that helped me for things outside of WordPress.
Yes, WordPress has taught me more skills, completely free, than I ever thought I would be learning when I signed up to create Of Opinions. I was at a seminar last year that was vaguely related to web developing, where I became the unofficial WordPress expert. Around the time when I released my book on Amazon (again, a complete DIY project in the making of which I was tremendously informed by resources at WordPress), I gained a lot of information and skills that made me confident enough to work further on creating content for websites.
And that is just the technical part, I’ve not even got into the heart of the matter yet, though I’ve discussed it often. I’ve never shied away from complaining when anything about WordPress upset me, right from the time when an early blog post of mine disappeared, to when they stopped letting us adjust the dimensions of photos according to our own numerical inputs (I’m sure there is a more technical way of putting it, but I hope you know what I mean). In around four years of using WordPress, I haven’t had much to complain about. If I had a lot of money (I live on the other side of the world, so it would be expensive), I’d send flowers and gold stars to their office just because they’ve never had a dislike button.
WordPress truly is a place to make things you like, express yourself however you want to, and have the Interverse respond to that expression. And much of that has been facilitated by The Daily Post. I’ve never been a poet, but The Daily Post inspired me to write some bad poetry for quite a while. I’ve had so much generous feedback, lovely conversations with people, made so many blogging friends through The Daily Post. This blog probably would not have been around for so long if it hadn’t been for The Daily Post.
I’ve had a rough year so far. I joke about my whining, but this year truly has been more anxious than previous years. I spoke to you in my last post about finding out that someone has taken my domain name, and I still haven’t done anything about it. Having The Daily Post close down is a further blow , giving me more reason not to blog anymore. I could write anywhere if I wanted to, but nowhere else would I make such an instant connection. All these years, I just kept hoping I could get better, communicate more effectively, write things that are useful and entertaining and thought-provoking. Just make something that brings some comfort to who is reading it, for comfort and sanity is what I look for when I read or watch or listen to something. It might be challenging, disturbing or generally unpleasant, but if it helps improve my life, my self, in some way, it is worth it. And WordPress has been all of those things.
Sometimes I just feel like paring things down, not think about it too much, and shoot two or three blog posts out per week as I used to, read four or five blog posts in a day as I used to, and not care about anything else. But, I can’t have such a nonchalant approach to things. I live in obsessions, not compartmentalizations. There has to be that energy, that excitability as was there when I was doing this in 2014-15. Otherwise it’s just a job and no thank you, I already have one to be bored of.
I don’t think this is the end. I’m sure I’ll come back, sniff around, do a bit of dusting to get rid of the moldy smell, write a blog post or two and vanish again when something new and shiny comes along. I’ve sometimes thought of doing a new project, like a music or a movie blog, but this is the thing, this rambling thing that I do, is the thing I know how to do.
And it has been good for me, good to me. It has really mattered, your friendships and kindness have really mattered. I can’t imagine what it would have been like without it, even if I only gave it four or five hours in a week. Perhaps, it is that old magic, that old prayer that occurs when it is only you at a keyboard with the WordPress word processor at the end of it where you start a conversation and expect the universe to continue it. Which they often do.
Why don’t you share what you love about WordPress?