I confess: I have sinned (against my website)

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I have a confession to make. For the last 7 months, I haven’t been doing the best by my own website. But all that is going to change.

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.

 

Photo credit: Zgrredek via Flickr Creative Commons

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19 Responses to “I confess: I have sinned (against my website)”

  1. Andy HayesFebruary 28, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    I think projects like these are a bit like going to the gym – your body says it needs it and your brain says, I’d rather have ice cream. But once you get through it, your body is glad and your brain is even happier – and then you can have the ice cream guilt-free.

    (Ok that made more sense in my head. lol)

  2. Scot DukeFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Well..Alrighty then..Welcome back to La-La-Land! Hope you find G+ so we can keep track of your actions here.

    • Marci DiehlFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      The thing about Google+ is that it’s my worst rabbit hole! Every time I go near it, I want to dive down for hours, it’s so fascinating. Did you see my (previous) post here about how I needed to go on a social media diet? :)

  3. Rebecca McKeownFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I’m excited to see the new site, Marci! I’m never quite happy with my site, but it’s OK for right now. When I get the money, I’ll definitely pay someone to overhaul it big time.

    • Marci DiehlFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Finances always have something to do with it, too. There’s always something that needs our cash in our lives. Like a roof over our heads. Or a car that needs fixing (me last year, several times). So the temptation is to say, “This can wait.” Until it can’t.

      Working with Andy is like working with Andy is like working with a brain trainer. Ha! I’m going to tell him that.

  4. Yota SchneiderMarch 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Congratulations Marci! Can’t wait to see the results. I am so happy you’re taking good care of Marci, for once! I loved reading your confession as well as the one on your “social media diet!” So much of what you’re saying rings true. xoxo

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