Imperfect, pressure free blogging

imperfection is not an excuseWhat a concept: imperfect, pressure free blogging.

In theory however. Ladies and Gentleman, I don’t believe that this exists! Not in my books anyway. I’m my own worst critic. Yet that doesn’t stop my procrastination tendencies. My blogging proclivity follows somewhat of a cycle. I get behind a few days. The photos to upload take work to edit (and I always have SOOOOO many!), watermark and post. I start to write and I want to ramble on. The post ends up taking an hour or two to write. And then another hour to sort out the photos and post via WordPress. I stumble, find excuses for going to bed early and not writing. I daydream about having the blog updated daily. But reality hits, and I’m all of a sudden 2 days, 7 days 15 days behind. i grow sad for not expressing that which I have so much to write about, especially with us travelling again. What do I fear, in falling behind? Am I risking failure? Of losing that sense of history, of forgetting my past? Losing the moments and lessons that have such intense meaning at the time but fade with light years, distance and memory fade? Of letting down those that do indeed care and desire to know? All the above I suppose.

So I’ve decided tonight to stop procrastinating, whinging and whining, dust off my odd notes here and there, and post out of sequence my ramblings over the last two months of un-posted content. Blasphemy! Especially for me. I’m usually pretty good at posting at least a few entries a month, if not more (aka borderline obsessive computer crazed). But come to think of it, the break has been good, and I’m ready to slowly delve into the depths of my writing. I’m here for you, if you want me. But more importantly, I’m here for me. This is my fall-back for when I grow old and senile. i have forgotten. Or fallen off the wagon, and need a boost to show me that hey, I’ve actually done good. Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but good.

I’m curious, does anyone other than my Grandfather actually read this blog on a regular basis? And oh yeah, Grandpa, sorry for not writing and posting photos as often as I should / could / want to. Love you! And thank you for reading. Love you Grandpa. Kudos and peace sent out into the world for the others who happen to be stumbling through and reading this :).

WordPress revisited

I am constantly amazed by the breadth and depth of WordPress‘ supreme capabilities. Or moreover, the developers who design such startling gorgeous and functional templates.  And having had the pleasure of learning the nuances of the Atahualpa template we use for this blog, I am ready to take on designing for other clients who might be interested in developing their website in this fashion. But holy smokes, the choices for options and templates is beyond astounding! And with awesomeness of WordPress comes the backend coding. The learning curve thus far has been pretty steep and I haven’t taken that leap in to pursuing it with reckless abandon. But now an opportunity exists for a client who wants a website developed. So I’ve taken the plunge and have offered my design skills through this new-age forum. And it is through the researching of such a task that I’ve come to exploring the endless possibilities of the job I’m about to take on. Oh dear, what have I gotten myself in to??! Wish me luck! 🙂

Wesbite dilemmas

I truly am ahuge fan of computer technology. All the tools of the trade for updating websites and blogs and photo galleries are fantastic! Yet, for me, there is a love / hate relationship with the ease of those cre8tive software programs that are supposed to make life easier. Let me explain …. I will always be a MAC user, first and foremost. In my current job (until tomorrow!) i use a PC to fulfill my daily duties. The PC does the job, but it doesn’t leave me breathless, craving for me. Switch to my home life: I love how I can be cre8tive and at ease, spending hours enjoying the cre8tive luxuries of my laptop. With deadlines to be met and an impending move from life as we know it (just under a week away) I’m using as much help as I can with web design programs that make my life just a bit easier and supposedly cre8te more free time to devote to the matters at hand. I’m speaking of tools such as iWeb ’08 and Rapidweaver.

hard at workI’m currently using both software programs to manage my blogs for and respectively. Rapidweaver is quite a nice simple program with some cool easy design features. However, I’m unwilling to bite the bullet and pay big bucks for the licensing option of having more than 2 web pages on my site. This leaves me in limbo with designing additional blog entries for our travel blog. In addition to the that, I’ve unfortunately run into a wall with iWeb. This web design program for beginners has corrupted my last 20 hours of work put into the photo gallery additions I just recently updated last week, and I’ve no way to update the website until I recreate the master files, from scratch. The worst part of the process is the fact that iWeb doesn’t allow me to reimport my old backup files, which I DO have and are shining online in all their glory. If I had began the design process in Dreamweaver, as I usually do with all my professional web design work, there wouldn’t have been any issues. However, I do love the time-saving web gallery capabilities of iWeb, but only when its working and incorruptible. To say that I have been close to tears of frustration and disappointment is an understatement. The solution: I need to recreate all those files within iWeb before I can upload any new blog entries or add any additional photos. Wah! I’m starting to get into blog mode for our new travels and adventures, but there’s no way to upload them. Pure and utter discontentment.

Taking a deep breath, I stop and pause to think. I need to prioritize my time, it being so precious at the moment, and leave these tech issues on the sidelines while I get to work at packing up our lives and shifting into travel mode. It may be 3-4 weeks before I get the issues sorted out. Most unfortunate, yes. Life threatening, no. So with a sigh of release and acceptance, I wanted to inform you of the reasons behind why our website and blog is in stagnant limbo. It’s not because I’m being irreverent or neglectful. It’s because I’ve just run out of time to deal with the dooming, looming technical difficulties that don’t quite fit into my problem-solving schedule at the moment.

Oh how I wish that I had just bit the bullet and learned the ropes with WordPress.

Sending this with much patience, apologies and love.