Yesterday, I made the decision to return to online journaling. It was a decision that I took great care to make. For one, there can be a huge time commitment. I recall how easily I spent hours writing one entry. Now that I am a doctoral student working on the dissertation, I feel as though I might be cheating myself. The time it takes to write an entry could be time used to read an article or write a page of the proposal.
At the same time, I am reminded of how journaling made me a better writer. Maybe this is just me procrastinating, but if memory serves me well, I wrote daily in my journal and completed the M.B.A. If that doesn't prove something, I don't know what will.
Anyway, after I posted my first entry yesterday, I spent a great deal of time personalizing the site. For starters, I changed the look to reflect a more lived in design. I added some additional widgets and offered visitors a number of ways to keep in touch.
As the day wore on, I found myself growing increasingly excited about the new space. So much that I started dusting off my HTML and CSS skills. My goal was to add a Tweetmeme and AddThis button to the site. After a series of failed attempts to place the buttons where I wanted them, I accepted defeat; not of the war, just in battle.
Today is a new day. I wake up excited about reviewing my Google analytics, Feedburner statistics, AdSense dollars, and Bit.ly follows. No, the results are not astounding. In fact, there is very little action outside of my own visits; no worries, though, because I understand the value of building things.
This morning, I am looking into alternative solutions. In my cursory reading, I found there are other services that may provide answers. Another option, and one I'm not eager to make, is the idea of moving from Blogger to Wordpress. Based on the search for widgets, I found Wordpress is a formidable opponent with lots of bells and whistles. I don't want to act in haste, so I'll leave that decision for another time.