Well it’s been an interesting year. Unfortunately, very little of it appeared on this blog. As part of my commitment to write more in 2013, I took a plunge and bought a domain name and self-hosting through Bluehost. I had started learning to code and I hoped that if I could really make the website my own, it might be the push I needed to put more focus on it. This was a legitimate hypothesis, but it turned out to be incorrect. Trying to customize the site wasn’t actually very fun for me, it was mostly tedious and I couldn’t make the changes I wanted work. I’m glad I understand the basics of coding now (thanks to Code Academy) but the things I wanted to change far outstripped my ability. So I become frustrated and avoidant, and wrote even less. And I am a champion avoider. So like many other disappointed people, I learned coding is not like in the movies.
My year is up on hosting, and I’ve moved back to wordpress.com. I was able to buy the .com version of my blog’s name when I was trying to figure out domain mapping, which fulfilled another dream. Now I’m back where I was last year, possibly even further back because I lot of my linked images broke when I switched back. I think I got most of them now. But I’m actually ok with all that. I’ve never been very good with failing, but I’m happy I tried even if it didn’t work much at all. Knowing basic coding has actually helped me this past year as my company launched it’s new website, which I didn’t design, but did develop content for.
I like developing content. So I’m going to try to focus on that instead. It took me a year to learn that the way to make myself write is mostly like to just chain myself to my bed and type things. This is not one of those things I can trick myself into doing by doing something related. I can make myself floss that way. But writing code will not make me write blog posts. Lesson learned.
Here’s to trying only to fail, and hoping that I don’t need to try 2000 different ways to make a blog post.