It’s been too long since I wrote about having a website that wasn’t “dressed” yet.
Like many independent professionals, I’ve been so busy taking care of what my clients need, that I’ve pushed my own needs (for the site) aside.
It’s the usual story of the cobbler needing new shoes.
I’ve prevailed upon my beleagured IT helper to help me switch away from my old platform (Site version 2.0) onto a temporary WordPress theme (this one — Site version 3.0).
Like he has time. Like he doesn’t have a full time job (as a web applications developer), a growing family, and until last May, when he graduated — was working on his Masters with a straight 4.0 ( I say that last part with pride, because he’s also related to me, as in: I gave birth to him). Oh yeah — and he started his own business.
We did our best with the little time we had left after working all day for others. But I knew I’d have to make major changes.
Finally, I’ve done something I’ve wanted and need to do for about two years. I signed on to work with a creative web producer. Kind of like having a business/life/tech coach who has me doing serious thinking about my own web needs.
Examining my website conscience.
I’m thinking about the process I’m going through — giving my website a complete overhaul, new look, new function and better usability — because of the Pope. And it’s Lent. And spring time.
The former Pope retired — something that, despite being born, raised and educated as a Catholic — I didn’t even know he could do. They never told us that in school!
So the Pope is turning in his red Prada Pope shoes and making a career decision. Even he can see he needs a change.
That led me to think about Lent and growing up. When I was a little Catholic school girl, we were brought from the school building to the adjacent church every week during Lent for confession. But before we went into the confessional (one by one… kind of nerve-wracking for a kid, waiting your turn) we had to “make an examination of conscience.”
Basically, an examination of conscience is thinking over where you went wrong. What you did and what you failed to do. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
So I’m thinking hard (via Twitter, emails and Skype meetings with Andy Hayes) about how I can make this site a whole lot better for the people who visit. A lot more fun, interesting, valuable and useful to you.You deserve that.
I deserve it, too.This is my place of business. I need to take pride in it. I need to feel like the space fits. My site needs to be a place where we both enjoy the environment.
I need to give Marci some website love, time and attention and bring on my sparkle.
To do that, it should take about two months. I’m excited. People always say “I’m excited!” when they’re working toward a launch. I’m quietly excited. I’m moving forward! I don’t feel stuck any more! I get a chance to be creative, innovative, and break some rules. And it’s going to LOOK like “me.”
I think you’ll be much happier, too.
So I ask your patience for a bit longer with this site. I promise it’s going to be worth it.