There are times when I start a project and I think it is not going to take that long to do. I will make a start and then it starts to drag and drag and eventually it becomes a chore I never seem to complete. I have to force myself to complete it.
Generally this applies to housework and any DIY, but today I have completed the mammoth task I began at the beginning of the year. I have finally completed the overhaul and update of my site.
This is not the first time I have ripped up this site to begin again, but it has been one of the most comprehensive. Unlike the Red Posting this has not been a destructive exercise, instead it has been a case of updating what was already in place.
To put it into context I have:
- Updated 593 posts with new excerpts and featured images, checked spelling and reformatted where I needed to.
- Recategorised everything into 10 new categories.
- Added 1,011 new tags to these posts.
- Added, resized and renamed 580 images across the whole site.
- Added 396 lines of CSS to make the site more unique.
Not everything survived. There have been casualties and 134 posts have been archived permanently. Many were of a point in time and no longer relevant, some had seen little traffic even when first published. This is not a sentimental blog.
During this time I have cheated a little with writing. I may have leant on my old posts more than I would have liked. As Mrs G would say “oh it’s another repost”. I have been dragging up the past to keep up to date, but now that can change. Rather than spending my time making sure everything has a nicely formatted title I can now start typing new words.
It also means I need to revisit my ideas list.
Instead of copying and pasting I can attack a number of topics I’ve been storing up. Doing so will likely give me that confidence crisis I always get with a blank slate, am I doing this right?
I will get more time to respond to comments (as opposed to the hour I dedicate on a Sunday night), I’ll have more time to perhaps draw (or write some more stories) but most of all it means I will start to get that itch again.
The itch that makes me want to start all over again.