Taking a step back
Blog looks awesome doesn’t it?
like nothing’s changed?
cause nothing has.
after realizing i can not move a blog with 41 plugins, 635 pictures and 12+ subdomains, without days of work, i’ve kinda just stepped back from it.
which sucks because i have a membership site for WP training to launch and i can’t do it until i move the blog. blah.
sometimes…even when we know our stuff, even when we can do it for anybody else…we get overwhelmed when it comes to taking care of our own stuff.
and we just need to step back.
release the stress of it into the winds.
so at the moment, I’m not moving the blog. I’ll do it this weekend.
for now, I’m just…regrouping.
not that I’ve been lying around watching tv. I wish.
I was tied up with two bloggers for 5 days who were both asking me for moving and design quotes. this is a good thing right? but what happens when those bloggers ask you many many questions. average 30 emails worth between the two. those who’ve worked with me on design projects can tell you i always delve into what their goals for their blogs are. it gives me a sense of what they need. it’s not all about design ya know. or about looking pretty. anyway, i submitted both bloggers with quotes, multiple quotes that offer alternative options and were all value packed and they both kept trying to beat the price down. i understand budgets. i try to work within budgets. but i’ve got to also account for my time and resources.
so i took a step back and looked at all the emails as a whole. i then asked the 2nd blogger if she was recommended to me by the first. and she said yes. funny that when i asked her in the first email how she came across me she said she google. so i gave both final quotes and said this is the best i can do for you. they both turned me down within an hour of each other. the first one said my design style didn’t fit her and she was going with someone else. that’s ok. you can’t please everybody but you’ve got to stay sane.
speaking of design style…
Though Kate will tell you that she can look at a blog and tell I designed it, (nothing to do with being a psychic intuitive) blog designs are totally up to the client. Remember when Kate wanted pink and sparkly for Sew Gaelic? So i made it pink and sparkly.
I recently designed a site for KaileyRose.com. The client supplied me with the font graphics and left the rest up to me. Considering the site was about her daughter, the font choice really threw me off. It seemed more wedding than little girl to me, but my client was definitely happy with the new design. it’s still a bit of a work in progress since i’m waiting for her to have multiple posts before adding a slider, but it’s pretty good to go.
i also just finished an awesome project, where another blogger was in trouble and i moved her AND hooked her up with a new design. in the space of a couple of days. her blog is way bigger than mine. she’s a house blogger, so the pics are huge, but i got her moved with lots of elbow grease. (i am very thankful for my buddy Darin by the way. Working with a partner on these types of projects has totally reduced my stress levels) then i designed a new site for her. this was super easy because she knew exactly what she wanted from colors to fonts. i’m still looking for the perfect social media icons. any suggestions? Here’s her new design and the testimonial:
Vanita literally saved my blog! I was in crisis mode with server problems and a slow-as-molasses load-time when I sent a frantic email to Vanita. She responded right away and was able to figure out the problem and save my blog. She is also a whiz at WordPress themes so she worked her magic and came up with a kickin’ visual for my blog! Whether you have immediate blog problems or want a larger blog makeover, Vanita is the go to gal! She is wonderful to work with!
*****FIVE STARS***** – Sarah of House Crazy
As you can see, a little distance, just stepping back, can do a world of wonders and open the door to other projects.
This entrepreneur gig? It’s hard. But not impossible. Stepping back is not the same as quitting, it’s just regrouping and it can lead to better things. I’m very fond of these two projects. Though challenging in their own ways, my clients are happy.
Along those lines, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused or simply afraid about anything, remember this…
We’re always making our creations within before they materialize. All fears, all lack and limitation and all success and prosperity are ideas and mental pictures long before they become our reality. It’s the Laws of Life operating and the beauty of it is, the Law doesn’t say it can’t be done, it’s not affordable, you could never do that, never have that. It doesn’t give a flying fig…that’s our stuff. We’re the limiting factor in our life. -Elle of Reflecting A Life
Elle is a great source of encouragement and motivation. Check out her post The Minimalist Guide To Prosperity Consciousness and don’t forget to grab her freebie video!