Today I opened up Google Reader to check on my favourite blogs, as I do most days. I read a few recent posts without commenting, then I decided that I wanted to comment on fellow BC resident Ian’s blog, And I still think so. To do so, I had to exit Google Reader and go directly to his actual blog. Once there, I thought that things didn’t look quite the same.
“Hmm,” thought I, ever the observant one. “Ian has made some changes.”
There was now a tagline underneath the blog’s main title, and the type seemed slightly different, particularly the title of the post. The spacing seemed a bit wider all over, too. Instead of simply the date underneath the post’s title, it now said “Posted on” followed by the date. There was no more heading to specify how many comments had been made either. The tags and categories at the end of the post were listed differently. And were all the things in his sidebar the same? I couldn’t quite remember.
Well, maybe Ian has changed his blog template, I decided. So I made my comment, and returned to Google Reader to continue my reading.
But those changes popped back into my head when I got to Katyboo’s Weblog. She too now had a tagline underneath the main title, and every other change that I had noticed on Ian’s blog was present on hers, too. How odd that they had both changed their blog templates at the same time. Very odd.
And even odder is the fact that they have the same blog template in the first place.
And the only reason I even know that, being ever the observant one, as I said, is that I have the same blog template as Ian and Katy.
When all this dawned on me, I wondered what my own blog actually looked like out of Google Reader and the WordPress dashboard. So I quickly typed in my URL and lo! Mine exhibited the very same differences, plus most of my sidebar stuff was now missing entirely!
The three of us originally had a template called “Cutline”. Now it’s “Coraline” – which was a fun little 2009 movie, but was not the template I selected when I started this blogging stuff. Nor have I personally changed my template (I don’t know if Ian and Katy have, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they have not). Apparently WordPress has, in its infinite wisdom, decided on its own to “update” the blog template that I was using, without telling me. And without putting everything back where it was in the first place.
That is not cool, WordPress. I am not happy with you. I had to spend about an hour this afternoon putting everything back in the sidebar, and I suppose I should thank you for not trashing all that stuff (especially my awards!) so that I could find it all and put it back. (I don’t quite remember if I put it all back in the same order, so I may have to play with it a bit more, but it’s close enough for now.)
I don’t know why you did this, WordPress, and I don’t even know when. I just noticed it today. But you better not do it again! I might have to defect to Blogger if you do – and you don’t want that, do you?!