I realized over the weekend I got caught in what I’ll dub the WordPress Eddy. I bet some of you know what I’m talking about. You have a blog/website and you’re happy with it. Then you start looking at other websites and think, “Oooh…I like theirs better.”
So you start spiraling down a hole looking for the “Perfect” theme to fit something you really have no concept in your head for. Nevermind the theme and layout you’d been using worked just fine. Google had it indexed, fans/readers knew how to navigate it. It presented information. It was working. But no… you’ve got to find that perfect look.
And of course, once you think you’ve found one, you see another website you like better. And then another. And another. Until after a while you realize….
You’re spending 8 to 11 hours a day futz’n with your website, and NOT WRITING!!
*Smacks hand to Face*
I didn’t figure this out on my own. Believe it or not it sort of smacked me up’side the head while listening to a Podcast. I’m an avid podcast listener. And one of my favorites is The Dead Robots’ Society (I am not going to argue where the apostrophe goes).
This was a podcast on the writing process. Terry Mixon and Paul Cooley were discussing their writing processes. I usually listen to podcasts while I’m doing the more mundane things like house work or walking. This time I was in my office working on my schedule (I’m so loving my new production schedule. Am working on a full post with attachments about it) when my brain fixated on their conversation. I had JUST read Kris Rusch’s post on Perfection and now the gist of Terry and Paul’s discussion sort of flowed right into what was still rattling around in my head.
Once it’s done, leave it alone. It’s done. MOVE ON!
I was standing by the desk with my websites pulled up. I looked over at the side table where the printer sits amid the stack of manuscripts. All of them—ALL OF THEM—were things I’d already written, and published, and reread and said, “I can do this better now.” The only New Fiction was already out with a copy editor (New Book!) and my work-in-process for Zoë book 6.
It was like a TV/Movie moment. I looked at the stack, at my screen, and then restarted the podcast. I replayed it and listened again and took a walk in the stifling southurn heat.
Not only had I gotten lost in endlessly editing my website, but I’d also been doing it with my fiction. The website was suffering because I was changing its look, but not adding new content. And my writing was suffering because I’d worked “re writing” and “re-editing” into my schedule and not writing new content!
I did the best headdesk I’d ever done. I still have the desk print to show for it.
What. An. Idiot.
Soooo….the website’s staying like it is for now. It’s clean. It’s easy to read. And it serves the purpose. I call it the Dark Backward because…that seems to be where I’ve been.
Same with the Zoë site (though I am still working on getting the character bios fixed and finished). It’s all staying the same. I might switch back to the original, the Flexx themed website. I’m not sure yet. But I do know for now, it’s time to move forward—