I upgraded my WordPress plan, so I have my classic editor back (and am using it even as I write this post). I have already started to research which will be the best plugin for us so I can add a forum. At the moment, I am leaning toward one that looks and feels like the original forums many of us used before social media took over. I am also looking at the possibility of changing the theme to this blog. The only real reason to do something like that would be to make the blog easier to use on a smart phone but, so far, only one reader has said the use their phone to read this blog more than they use their computer. We’ll see what I decide to do because, honestly, I prefer to keep a computer-friendly format. Once I get the new additions up and running, and I decide whether or not to change the theme, I am going to start writing with a different voice. I have always blogged in a writing voice that sounds as though I am giving a lecture. I’ve never really liked this style. It’s just how I was taught to write in college. I am much more comfortable writing in a conversational voice, treating my reader as though we are familiar friends. I think I will give this a try with my next post and let you guys tell me if you like it any better than my old style. I think I’ll also start to share more of my thoughts and concerns with you — like friends would do. Honestly, I’m tired of trying to lecture. I would much prefer open conversations. This is what I hope the forum will help us do — build a community of friends who share information and help each other learn, and better understand the world in which we live. But, if that doesn’t work out, at least I can write in a voice that sounds like we’re having a conversation and — if I’m lucky — I might even manage to avoid sounding like such an arrogant know-it-all.
Anyway, that’s where things stand for now. I’d like to thank all of you who helped out by giving me your feedback. I’ll pull these last three posts once I’ve made the changes. Then I’ll see about changing the way I write. Maybe, if I can actually manage to sound a little friendlier, we might even be able to grow our little community. Heck, as long as I’m dreaming, maybe we will even be able to get some people who are truly seeking to learn and understand to join us. Well, at least it’s a dream, and I need to hold on to dreams. They are a large part of what’s keeping me going right now.
Until my next post, please stay safe.