New Site, Newer Goals

If you haven’t checked out my website in a while, you may feel like you’re in a strange and foreign place now when you visit. It’s drastically changed in the past couple days and honestly, it’s been needing it. The main motivator to updating the site was to finally jump on the responsive bandwagon, an act I have been putting off for years. I would even tweet about how I was going to do it! I was finally going to do it! Only to fail to follow through and never mention it again out of shame. It took finding a nice, clean bootstrap theme that met my needs for me to tackle this problem. The whole process? Only took a week! What the hell was I complaining for? This was easily the fastest website update in the history of designbyash.

But with this redesign comes a new problem, one that didn’t seem obvious until I was almost ready to push the site live. And with that new problem comes a new goal.

Mo’ Features, Mo’ Problems

The updated format allows for a short snippet of two blog posts. This feature stuck out among all the other portfolio themes I found on Bootstrap Bay. Not many themes included one and I really liked the thought of having my blog prominently displayed on my site. However, once I started getting into the nitty gritty of updating this theme with my own content, I realized I had a problem: I barely had any blog posts worth highlighting.

My last two blog entries when making the site were

1) A well-written (if I say so myself) post about mental health and my history with it

2) A post about my latest slew of website updates.

Ouch. Talk about old. Not to mention just bad. I couldn’t have my latest blog posts be “New website!” “Mental Health Month!” then “New website!” again. So I settled on putting together a quick post about the Texas floods and our community’s response to it, just to have something else to include on the site. I don’t want to run into this problem again. I don’t want to haphazardly throw together a blog post just for the sake of having something slightly newer on my site.

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In Austin Kleon‘s book “Show Your Work,” he encourages the reader to

Think process, not product.

It’s a good mantra that’s easy to remember. And I feel like this blog (as well as my Dribbble account) are good examples of that. Well, let’s be fair: my Dribbble account is a good example; my blog is not, which is how we got to this problem in the first place.

With all this in mind, it wasn’t very difficult to come up with a goal that can help me. And in an attempt to make it a catchy mantra, I shortened it down to just four words (which you’ve probably already noticed as a theme throughout this blog post):

One post, one month.

Simple as that. Not very difficult. And when (not if) I follow through, I’ll have at least twelve new blog posts in the year. Not bad considering my batting average was previously two a year. And look at that: I’ve already met my goal for June.

So here’s my promise to you, internet followers (all two of you): I promise to write a well-written, thought-provoking blog post at least once a month. They will be well-researched, (hopefully) design-related, and possibly full of heart.

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