I confess. I’ve been covetous. Lately I’ve been studying other people’s blogs – lovely custom headers and fonts, professional looking pictures, and those neat little widgets that generate a commission when someone clicks on them and makes a purchase. I was torn. On the one hand I wanted my blog to portray simplicity and separation from what I believe is a corrupt world system. But on the other. . . Well, maybe just a few little affilliate links wouldn’t hurt. Wordpress, however, doesn’t allow any advertising so I began a new learning curve and started tweaking a template on Blogger. Oh my the things I’ve learned. I learned how to use Paint to create a custom header, how to tweak the HTML and inserrt CSS to change the look of things. Admittedly I usually can figure out just enough of that kind of stuff to frustrate myself which is exactly what happened. I just couldn’t get it right. I’ve spent literally hours and megabytes of bandwidth trying unsuccessfully to create a compromise between what I believe and what everyone else is doing. And that, friends, was my lesson.
So, I won’t be moving to Blogger. I won’t try to rationalize what, for me, would be hypocrisy. I won’t start with a few little pretty links and end up turning my simple little journal into a virtual billboard. You few readers are smart enough to do your own shopping. I won’t waste time and energy worrying that my blog doesn’t look like a page from Martha Stewart Living. And I won’t miss the profit from a few little commissions that might have even turned into a pretty good living if I’d worked at it. I have work enough to do here on the homestead and the “profits” I generate are immeasureably more valuable than just a little more of the world’s mammon.