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.