Do not adjust your RSS feeds... I'm slinking back into the blogging mode. After taking a sabbatical that resulted in me taking more photos and getting intensely into Twitter, I feel like I'm ready to hop back on. Coming back to this, my original blog, was not really my intention... in fact, I started Tumblr and Wordpress blogs in the meantime, because I was starting to get that crusty feeling from Blogger.
If this, my first post back, can help you with anything, it's this: If you're thinking of starting a blog or switching platforms, here's a short, non-expert's guide on Blogger, Tumblr and Wordpress:
1) Best for journal-style blogs.
2) Incredibly easy to use, publish, upload photos, monetize, and add widgets.
3) Extremely limited number of themes.
4) Not so much of a blogger community.
1) Extremely fun, community-based blogging. The dashboard rules. A jillion, great themes.
2) Best for "scrapbook" style blogs, sort of a more image-oriented Twitter.
3) I love the "share on Tumblr" button you can get for your tool bar, blog pretty much anything instantly.
4) A good dose of code-knowledge is necessary in order to do things that are pretty basic on Blogger, like create a blog roll. Also, uploading pictures from your drive was a pain in the ass.
5) Difficult to monetize.
1) Considered the best option if you eventually are aiming for your blog to become superbigtime.
2) Fairly straight-forward posting, great community
3) Adding widgets a bit trickier than Blogger.
4) I felt like the Dashboard was dull and didn't get me interested in writing.
In fact, I weighed whether to come back as "Spandexpony". It didn't feel like "me" any more, and what's more, it doesn't "mean" anything. Also, I had quit.
That all changed today when, I was watching a live feed of the Isaac Mizrahi show thanks to Mary Rambin of More Than Mary... I was tweeting little things about it all throughout, when, at the end, she thanked her Twitter friends on camera for their support and I was in there! Yes, I'm an extremely huge dweeb, but hearing "Spandexpony" mentioned in a room where I know Russell Simmons and Isaac Mizrahi both are was kind of a thrill.
So, I decided, what I've got is good, and I'm going back. With an improved attitude. I can't be what I was, but I am what I am. If you liked me before, you'll probably like me now, unless you're pretty stalwart.
I look forward to again being able to express myself in the best way I know how-- writing, and also the second-best way I know how-- visually. Also, I can't wait to get back in touch with you all, and meet quite a few more of you along the way.