WordPress is a waste of time

As a software engineer, whenever I wanted to make a personal website, I’d spend way too much time tinkering with the server, than producing actual quality content.

Unhappy with the lacking content produced, I decided to try out a popular free blogging platform: WordPress.com

I was hoping, with the skilled developers at WordPress, I’d not have to worry about server uptime, optimizing HTML, or any other typical minute task.. and I’d just focus on content production.

Out of the box, WordPress provided an easy to use GUI for writing articles.

However over the next few days getting acclimated to the platform, I got the impression that wordpress is a waste of time.

WordPress doesn’t like that you using their product for free.

Every time I open up WordPress, I get this wonderful notification:
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It appears like a notification that I have to close..
Happens every time I open WordPress, pretty annoying.
I’d write up a Tampermonkey script against this thing if I were to keep using WordPress.

As soon as I made a new WordPress account, I started getting these emails:
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But, I was fine with these minor annoyances. It’s a free service after all, right?

Oh yeah, did I mention WordPress automatically places ads on the blog?

Using the site, I started seeing more and more features that were only available to paying customers. Want to modify the design of your blog? Pay.
Want to add some extra functionality on your blog? Pay.

Up till now, this hasn’t really bothered me.. I am a software engineer.. I thought, anything I need, I can just code up myself in javascript or css.

I was mistaken. I’ve made an animated gif below showing my frustrations:

wordpressWordPress actively removed any of my attempts at trying to add any type of styling or scripting on my page. To be able to write such code, they were forcing me to upgrade..

That is horrible. I’d understand a business model where the free account doesn’t get added features, but I completely disagree with intentionally adding code that purposely removes something that can otherwise be done for free.

So, good bye WordPress.
Hello Blogger.

Blogger another free service, just without all these pushes to buy a paid account.
I can do whatever scripting or styling I want. Oh, and no ads!

I’ve started working on a long project involving grading food intake research articles.

You can check it out here:

https://veniaminilmer.blogspot.com/2018/02/scoring-animal-nutrition-studies.html

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Producing vs Consuming

The only time we really think about our consumption is with money.

Should I buy this $1 app?
Buy organic grass fed eggs for $5, or stick to the $2 regular eggs?
Perhaps wait till there is a coupon available?

People go out of their way to amass as much capital as possible, yet be very cautious about their spending.

Consumption goes way beyond simply the dollar amount spent.
It is rather the amount of time spent and its purpose.

Imagine gaining access to a highly additive game, for free.

Instead of paying for the app with money, people pay for it with time.
This is a form of consumption that people usually don’t care about as much as money.


On social platforms like Reddit or Youtube, there are:

  • The producers – The posters of information or videos.
  • The consumers – People reading or watching the content.

Given enough content, consumers can spend many hours of their lives reading or watching the content.

Consumption, on its own, is not bad.
Spending money, on its own, is not bad.
It just depends on the purpose of the purchase.
Will the $1 app be used to produce something?
Or will that consumption be wasted?


I like learning, I like researching, I will always consider myself a student.

Over time, I have amassed a lot of knowledge and wisdom.
I use this knowledge to live my every day life.
However very little of this knowledge is publicly visible.
Most of what I produce is private. My life, my job, my relationship with people.

I feel, because there are so few specialized places were I produce, my production is limited. And any time I don’t produce, I consume.

There have been a lot of instances in my life where I consumed a lot of information to find out something, then when I finally found it out, I’d keep it to myself.. and potentially forget it over time.
It’s not like it was secret information. I have found out what I wanted to find.. Why waste time writing up what I’ve learned?

I’ve realized, by not sharing my findings, most of my consumption becomes wasted.
Sure, I learn from the experience, but much of the finding will be lost to history. Someone else, researching the same thing as me, would not be able to reference my work… ending up with further consumption on someone else’s behalf.


Hence the purpose of this blog.
I want to document my discoveries, my research, anything I’ve learned in life.

A platform like Reddit is not good because it is more of a “news” media.
I want my posts to be used as a form of reference. Something that people can go to when doing research.
A permanent set of information.


Whenever consuming, I have to ask myself, will this help with my producing?

I want this to be a change in my life. This is not just blogging.

Will my consumption help me produce more in my relationship?
Will my consumption help me produce more in my job?

By being mindful of the purpose behind my consumption, I hope to produce more.

Focusing more on my production, I hope to improve my life both publicly and privately, and become a better person.