I thought that you said that you were good with computers?
I’m great with computers! Or more accurately… I’m great with some aspects of computers! Networking, communication, end user application support… sure thing. I’m your man. If things start to break physically, it’s a 50-50 chance whether I even want to take the case off. I might do it for my own machine, but I rarely have any interest in doing it for anyone else. Depending on what it is, it’s probably at the edge of my comfort zone… or well past it. I’m generally a software / network application guy, more than a hardware guy. That’s how I roll.
But there is one aspect of software that has completely frustrated the hell out of me for as long as I can remember.
I hate it. I don’t understand it. I don’t have the patience to even try to understand it.
Back when I was first trying to figure out what to do with my life, some people were surprised that I didn’t go in the direction of a Computer Science degree. I obviously had an interest in computers, and spent more than enough time in front of them. But even back then, I had a healthy mistrust of my software programming abilities. Even if I could have have slogged my way through 4 years of a Bachelor of Computer Science, I don’t think that it would have changed anything. I’m sure that I’d be in the same boat I am today. Hating it.
I swore that I’d never get into programming, and I’ve been true to my oath. I turned down what might have been an excellent opportunity at work years back because I told the boss flat out.. I hate programming. That was the end of that conversation!
You see where I’m going with this?
So now I’m looking at the current state of my blog. WhatAboutStephen.com … Where once there was vibrant colour, now there is only black and white… straight lines… angles… hardly a splash of creativity anywhere to be found…
For over a year I had gotten used to sifting through hundreds of free WordPress themes, and changing the look and feel of the blog with virtually a single click. It was great. WordPress themes are freakin’ awesome. But when I decided that I wanted to get serious about this whole internet marketing experience (and yes.. that’s the direction that I’m aiming) I read, heard, was told that I should look seriously at purchasing a premium theme because they contain solid code, and have a more professional look and feel to them. I can appreciate that. The free WordPress themes are fun… some of them are even quite nice… but if everyone else is going the premium theme route, then who am I to argue? It’s not like the costs are astronomical. So I threw down my credit card and got myself a fancy new Thesis theme. Whohoo! Welcome to the big leagues, Stephen.
Finding a web developer to customize the blog wasn’t overly difficult. Finding one that could do the job within my limited budget was a challenge. In the end, my first foray into the whole outsourcing business was a learning experience, but didn’t provide the end result I was looking for. So that shifted the burden back squarely on my shoulders. No problem. I hate programming, but one of Thesis’ claims to fame is that you really don’t need to be a programmer to customize the design. There are all sorts of options within their controls. You don’t need to know anything about programming.
But it sure as hell helps if you do!
I’m thankful that there is a button that reverts the blog back to its default look! Last night I created a horrible monstrosity of a blog… the first thing I did when I sat down today was to click the “return to default” button, and *poof* … three different shades of grey again. (Something I just learned: My auto spell checker underlined “grey” and told me that it should be “gray”. Huh? So I went and looked it up… “Grey (often spelled gray in the United States, see spelling differences) describes the colors ranging from black to white.” Well, isn’t that interesting? Silly Americans and their always wanting to be different.)
So back to what I was saying…
I’m getting tired of trying to customize the blog. I have the artistic fortitude of a snail, and I work just about as quickly. I think that I’m going to put it on the back burner for now, and concentrate on other things. So if you’re not a fan of plain and simple… well… you’re outta luck.
For the time being.