The sad truth

20th February 2014

Last night I decided to work on a new layout for empfire.info. I started by adapting the current one to a responsive layout (which didn’t go too badly) and then I was going to use that as a base to edit my layout as I wasn’t too fussed about changing it too much. It’s just, after a year you start to feel less motivated to blog when you have the same old layout.

I spent today getting hopelessly stressed over the coding of it and little things started to bug me. For example, my footer background wouldn’t cover the whole of the footer (a bit like in this current layout but much worse). I messed about with the code so much and I got nowhere. By this point I had seriously messed everything it up. I was getting more stressed out that I had been over uni work this past month. And that’s when I realised the truth.

I’m a geographer.

I go to uni. I study geography. I’m a scientist and code isn’t what I do. So many of you in the blogging world study things related to computers/coding or have jobs working in those industries. But I don’t, and the truth is I shouldn’t feel so guilty that my website isn’t as great as others. Let’s face it, I don’t have the time to learn to code any more. Back when I was at school it was fine but now I barely have enough time to learn the content for my degree, never mind taking on this extra challenge. My coding skills haven’t improved in years and I’m just not interested in it like I use to be. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging but this coding business just isn’t for me right now.

So, what do I do?

I’m in desperate need of a new layout to keep me motivated to blog, but unfortunately I won’t be able to code it. For the first time in all my blogging years I’m hunting down the perfect pre-made layout. It feels wrong as I have always made my layouts but I think it’s finally time to admit I need some help on the matter.

You’ll probably see a new layout in the next week or so, however, I won’t have made it. It’s sad really and it’s making me feel really shitty. I just don’t have time for all this unnecessary stress any more.

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  1. Don’t be sad about it. There is no reason to get upset. My hosting site (unlovedheart.net) uses a premade layout. (:

    I am a really good coder but I am going to school to be a teacher with a minor in coding. So I don’t have time (except for this semester I took off) to learn new coding either. There are a lot of people in the same boat as you.

    I don’t think it really matters how the layout is made as long as it works for the content you have on it.

  2. Ella

    As a fellow scientist (who studies microorganisms), I can totally relate. I’ve just recently given in and decided to put up premade layouts on both of my current websites. I always made my own, but in recent years, I have not been able to keep up or improve my coding skills. I decided to take a computer science minor to help kick start that old passion.

    I was losing motivation to blog because of not being able to come up with my own layouts. It was extremely stressful. I have premades now, but I’m slowly learning and working towards making my own again. For now, I’m more focused with putting up content. Layouts will come after. 🙂