Shapshot #1: November 13th, 2019
Today, I launched my first website.
Hot damn was this nerve-wracking. I’m a complete amateur to WordPress and website management on the whole. For the past two weeks I’ve been figuring out Webhosting, Domains/Sub-domains, DNS management, FTP clients, Database syncing, and so on and so on… The experience has been equal parts painful and educational.
Just yesterday, I thought I finally had my site figured out—sank a whole day into theming and organizing the content and menus, excited to enter today only needing to concern myself with writing content—only to wind up bricking my database by misusing an SQL command and being forced to start over entirely from scratch. In this case, thankfully, it turned out for the better as I was able to use what I learned from the previous days of trial and error to get things up and running again faster than before.
Still, didn’t prevent the absolute funk that spoiled my whole morning when I first realized what had happened.
In any event, here I am, and—with luck—here you are, reading this. I don’t intend to market this site to any significant degree till I have a decent amount of formal content to help its rankings. Till then, the search crawlers are being told to take a hike (Add SEO and SEM to the list of things that I learned since starting this journey).
As I embark on this newest chapter in my life, however, I felt the need to pick up a new habit for the sake of record-keeping: Every time I make significant progress in one way or another, I’ll make a post like this to detail it. I’m calling them “Snapshots”, and honestly look forward to a moment in the indeterminate future where I can stop, turn around, and view my progress from where I am today with pride.
My whole life, I’ve had trouble focusing on one thing at a time, resulting in an almost unmanageable range of interests.
I figure it’s about time I turn that bug into a feature.