Change can be good

WordPress has changed their interface for managing blogs, and I like the change. It makes sense. It actually makes the screen easier to read and helps keep me focused on the center part of the page, where I am writing my post(s). The outside navigation (which has nothing to do with what I’m writing) is a different color — it’s “reversed”, in fact, being black with white type, instead of gray and white with black/blue type.

This makes it easier – cuts down on visual confusion, and it keeps my eyes focused on the center of the page.

I didn’t fully realize just how disruptive it was, having everything the same colors, until they changed it. Now I have a palpable sense of relief.

Nice work, WordPress!

This reaction of mine is quite different from the past. In years gone by, I would have gotten upset over a change to something that is familiar to me. Any kind of change would throw me for a loop, and I would lash out at whoever had thrown me off balance. When I was a kid, I had *such* a hard time with any kind of change. The problem was, I lived in situations where there was constant change. Nothing ever stayed the same. I had different classmates in school, every single year, and none of my friends really stayed around that long – either they moved away, or my family did.

So, change and I haven’t always been on good terms.

Now, things are very, very different. I think it has a lot to do with learning how to take the edge off my anxiety and stress — with breathing and also with just letting everything go silent and still for a couple of minutes. Taking a breath and just stopping… before I react to something. That’s important. We live in a world where instant reaction is prized, but for me, that’s a recipe for more stress and suffering.

So, I’m training myself to not go there.

Real progress. And I can truly enjoy the changes around me — like this WordPress upgrade that simply rocks.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

3 thoughts on “Change can be good”

  1. SOME of the things they changed work for me – but since I have to do a LOT of html coding ::groan::, the way they’ve highlighted the “VISUAL” and “TEXT” tabs makes me crazy (er 😀 )

    Intuitively, I expect the highlight to be the tab I’m ON, not the other one. Since I jump back and forth often, my ADDled brain hates my auto-response to click the wrong one — it’s going to take me forever to rebuild that habit, since it is the opposite of the way everything ELSE I work with works.

    But I’m eternally grateful they left the positioning the same, since I am SO kinesthetic where screen things are concerned (positioning is how I find things – Icons pretty much make no sense to my brain – it likes WORDS not pictures)

    Another thing that makes me NUTS is the lack of notice. I could accommodate the changes much more easily with a bit of warning (NOT some place I have to go find it, but at the top – like they notify me for “you need to pay money” stuff). Like “Surprise! New interface goes live at one minute to midnight tomorrow night”)

    I just happened to be working on my blog when the new look went “live.” I got a comment, so the little icon on the upper right lit up – I dropped it down and BOOM – everything suddenly looked different – black background, bright white foreground/high contrast (which I had set to avoid).

    It scared me to death. I had NO idea what I’d done or what it meant to blog functioning — or what ELSE it took down with it. S-T-A-R-T-L-E Response in spades!!

    I guess the fact that I’m liking it AT ALL after that experience means they did a pretty good job with it – since I was primed to really resist that particular change.

    Like your article, btw – AS ALWAYS!
    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    (blogs: ADDandSoMuchMore, ADDerWorld & ethosconsultancynz – dot com)
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”


  2. Oh yeah – notification thing. I wouldn’t complain if they would at least give us a heads-up about these things. I understand if they don’t want to have to field a bunch of complaints and comments before they roll it out, but they’re going to get those after the fact anyway. A little communication goes a long way.


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