Whether it really is considered such, I consider 6birds an established blog. I’ve had it for almost five years, and I’ve met many people I consider to be my friends through it, and so on and so forth. Because of this, I feel like doing things I wish I would have done to 6birds would be too drastic of a change and/or impossible now to actually do.
These are the things that bug me most.
Rather than having the permalinks be
6birds.net/archives/%post_id%, I wish I’d made them
6birds.net/%postname%. I did find a plugin a while back that allows me to use multiple permalink formats, but none have worked that would allow the right posts to forward the former
%post_id% structure to the new structure using
And no, it doesn’t work as well if I use
I just feel like it would be much easier to know what page is what if the permalinks were more descriptive is all.
Edit 12/7: Sean (@leprakhauns) gave to me a code to put in my .htaccess to make the posts redirect to the proper URL! Eeeeeeeeee.
Kept the old themes
Because of the page, The Evolution of 6birds. I feel it would have been a nice little something for people to have been able to look back at in a timeline fashion.
…and if not others, then just me. Yes.
Except not really. There are 3 “sidebars” that fit in the footer, but eh. I removed them, because it looked weird with just two, and I didn’t know what to use for the third one. I’ll add it back eventually, but for not it’s gone.
I didn’t want a sidebar for this theme that Georgie designed, because I wanted to put the focus on my blog posts. 6birds is a personal blog, and I felt then the same way I do now: With all these blogs popping up with bloggers telling people what a blog design needs to have, I feel like some things that are “needed” are simply redundant. Last year, I’d read so many posts about how blogs “need” a sidebar for all this annoying information (a “welcome” message, an introduction, social media crap, newsletter signup, etc.), and my decision to not have a sidebar was my way of retaliation and rebellion to the whatever-you-wish-to-call-the-sidebar-“requirement”.
I could always change themes, but I’m still quite happy with this theme, so…
Can you believe I have had the same theme for a year?
(I can’t, either. #ibrokemyownrecord)