Archives for October 2011

A Clear Sign Meets The Alaskan Bull Worm

 

When you want to succeed at something, don’t think about every single step it will take to get you there.  That’s when people quit.  Instead, just start.

 

Apologies to those who suffered through my attempts to get the site up and running and had their Readers jammed with the last 10 articles.  Twice.

I never said I was technologically literate, just psychic and intuitive.

This experience of switching the site over from Blogger to WordPress reminds me of the SpongeBob episode where Sandy goes off to save Bikini Bottom from an Alaskan Bull Worm.

  • Sandy: Yee-haw! [comes out riding a pink segmented thing] I got him, SpongeBob! [makes a giant knot and stands on it proudly]
  • SpongeBob: [still uneasy] Sandy…?
  • Sandy: Boy, howdy. This critter put up some sort of fight. But I’m from Texas, and as you can see, no worm is a match for me. I even found my tail! [we see that she has tied the fur to the small remainder of her tail]
  • SpongeBob: That’s not the worm.
  • Sandy: Pardon?
  • SpongeBob: That’s not the worm. That’s his tongue. [camera zooms out to show that SpongeBob is right; the opening of the cave is actually the worm’s open mouth; his eyes make a squishy blinking noise]
  • Sandy: Ohhhh. This is the tongue, and… the whole thing… is the… worm. [freaks out] RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!! [they sprint away; the worm growls angrily, chomps down, and chases after them]

In the midst of this I observed Jack waging his own war with changing his WordPress theme, and all I can say is why doesn’t someone find a way to merge the control aspect (self-hosting) with simplicity (Blogger)so that we don’t all have to suffer by reinventing the wheel each time?

Just like my theory that someone, someday will come up with a way to video the images in my head, I really want this to happen, too – and it seems so much simpler.

So, by now you’re probably sure that all of my articles and comments made it over, and everything is fine, right?  Not so fast.

Everything can be Googled, and I had people like Michael and Justin helping me out.  Yet, the simpler the change was supposed to be, the more likely it was that my site would refuse to do it.  I went way out of my way to make it the least complex it could possibly be, and still I hit error code after error code.

That was my mistake (darn the lessons that keep on repeating!)  I have always found mastery of supposedly difficult things to be easy.  It’s the easy things that are hard for me.  Put me behind the cash register and I am guaranteed to be fired the same day.  Ask me how to change your life, no problem.

About two months of articles didn’t make it.  About 60% of the comments have gone missing.  Let’s just say I did not have a “successful migration.”  A few weeks ago I didn’t even know what that meant.

Still, here we are, up and running and possibly mostly working!

There is always time in life to go back and put in the old articles by hand.  (Maybe.  Truth is, I may never get to it.  My stubborn streak will probably see it through to fruition at some point.  I have to figure out how NOT to post it to everyone’s feed again, first.)  The commenters will comment again.  I will just live with the lost Alexa and SEO.

I went into this knowing that I was going to hit roadblocks, and that it was my decision to do this myself rather than hand it over to someone else for a fee.

It actually wasn’t nearly as difficult as it could have been because I simply decided that my kids, husband, the family business, the readings that were already ordered and my other A Clear Sign commitments were far more important than making this site perfect right out of the gate.  On the other hand, all of those things distracted me all day long, every day, which made the process take a month instead of a few days.

However, I knew that it was time for a change and I wasn’t going to give up.

So please forgive me any bumps in the road.  There will be some.

It’s said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well,” but not at the expense of the people in your life or the other critical items on your to-do list that just won’t wait.

Take a lesson from me and do not ever give up.  If it’s important, you can’t throw in the towel.

You might have to walk away for some deep breathing from time to time (smashed laptops require money to replace them, for instance).  Or, sit in the back of the closet and cry for 30 seconds until you catch your snap (what, who did that?).  Getting a site up and running isn’t the “hard part”, though it may be challenging.

If there’s something you want to do, trust me, DO NOT try to figure out all the steps you will need to take along the way.  That’s where most people fail because they give up then and there.

It’s too much!

It’s too hard!

I don’t know how to do it!

So what?  Just decide that you want The Thing.  Ask for help when you need it.  Simply put one foot in front of the other and take one baby step at a time, every day.  Don’t look down, except to make sure you’re still on track.  Before you know it, there you are looking at The Result.

At the end of the day, I love being here, getting to know you, helping to solve your problems and encouraging you to live your dreams.  Quitting isn’t an option because it’s what I want to do.

What do you want to do?  Tell us in the comments.  We may even make you live up to it.


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