Part 1 – The redesign of my website.
Please don’t tell me you hate it. Okay? I know you hate it. Everyone always hates a redesign. It’s just the given nature of managing content on the internet.
(Sidenote: I don’t always hate a redesign. I do – however – HATE the new flickr dashboard. Simply because now I can’t find anything. It looks great for people who are real photographers managing their beautiful portfolios. But if you use flickr like a photo storage center like I do? It now is IMPOSSIBLE to navigate. BLARGH.)
I have had the same design here for several years and it never really served the purpose I had originally wanted it to serve. I wanted it to motivate me to write about various topics – hence the different category features at the bottom. BUT I NEVER DID THAT. So, those little spots stayed the same ALWAYS. Defeating the whole purpose of the design.
So, I decided to implement something a little sleeker. A little cleaner. A little simpler.
It will take me a week or so to work out the kinks. Be patient with me. If anything isn’t working how you expect please let me know. If you hate it? Please don’t let me know.
Part 2: The redesign of my career.
I’m doing tons of design and development with WordPress lately and it’s making me want to play around with some newer elements on the platform and with some newer plugins. This new design will allow me to do that. I love my new job and I really feel like it’s expanding my knowledge more than my last 5 years of web work. This means that I’m a lot happier about my professional life than I ever was before. It’s amazing how being satisfied professionally changes so many aspects of your life. Seriously. If I could do this full-time I’d be completely happy. I’m hoping to be able to someday, but for right now I’ll just enjoy the hours this new opportunity gives me.
Unfortunately for you, that means I may periodically tinker with things around here and you may often hate that. I’m apologizing in advance.
Part 3: The redesign of my home office.
The WiFi was only working in half of our house (long story) and my laptop died a sad death (even longer story) so I ended up “temporarily” moving my desktop setup to our sitting room which hasn’t had furniture in it for awhile because we moved it all upstairs in the main den for our last party.
Y’all? I LOVE WORKING IN THIS ROOM. My old office doesn’t have windows and it’s shut off from the rest of the house. This seems ideal in theory, but now that I’m working out in the main area? This is SO MUCH BETTER. I can pay attention to the kids and the dog easier, I can see the outdoors, and I have tons of space whereas my office is about an 8×8 room. So, while this was supposed to be temporary? It is totally not. I love working in this room. And while I think Donnie may hate having an office out in the main spot of our home? For now? He’s sucking it up because it’s making me much more productive. And also? I get to enjoy all of the Zoot Decor I put in this room in the first place. It’s totally my space now and I’m loving it.