Even coming from a graphic design background, I’m VERY late in the wordpress game… I was stubborn, and in this case stubborn is as stubborn does, I fought the use of it for many years. Something about the “designer” in me wanting to actually design. Oh, how foolish that egocentric attitude was. After a personal paradigm shift of realizing I was a tool- understanding the value of blog based formats, that templates aren’t so bad after all- I was able to see the light. Though, much of that coming from a laziness and a yearning for efficiency. While going against the philosophy of following trends, I saw over the years where the web went- after the fact. Better late than never, here we are…
Wordpress is fantastic… though, it hasn’t been smooth sailing on the learning curve front. Maybe I’m just not as smart as I used to be, or thought I was, because it hasn’t been as easy as I figured it should be given the millions of people who use it making it seem so effortless. Or, again, maybe (probably) I’m just not as smart as I thought I was. Though, of those millions, was I really at the bottom of the food chain?!
Finally, a mini-eureka moment hit me when I realized it was my own doing that was making the process tougher than it needed to be. I was a victim of myself, my counter-productive habit… the dreaded “over-thinking.” In light, I realized part of the difficulty in understanding was my approach; I went at it from a designer’s POV. Of building a site from the ground up- a blank canvas- creating a layout, pages, navigation, then populating those pages with content. It was when I realized that wordpress works backward in a sense. Populate, fill and create content, then “design” the site and tinker with layout, navigation, function. And even in that, it becomes simpler, what I failed to realize is that with wordpress, templates, and this fancy theme I purchased… there was no designing to do. I seemed to forget, all that was already done for me. ”Hey, dummy. Just fill with content!”
Apparently, I can’t seem to just let things fulfill their function, needing to oversee control where grossly unnecessary. I chose this format so I can focus on the creative, the comics, the art, and not have to get my hands dirty with the design of a website. It could have been that easy, if my brain hadn’t got in the way.