Tech note: It’s been a long time developing, but I finally invested in professional paid themes for my websites. I went to Studio Press and adopted the Genesis theme framework as well as adding one of Brian Gardner’s nicely sleek and simple themes, Sixteen Nine, to this site in particular.
I can definitely feed my site design tweaking addiction much more easily now. Just have to get used to having great plugins and actual support from the folks at Studio Press. I’ve always been on my own as a non-coder site designer/user; this sense of support is probably their greatest selling point vs. picking free themes on your own and tweaking them (extremely time consuming). I had to actually stop myself from just looking for plugins and go to Studio Press to see what Genesis already had available. So much easier! Really, if you are serious about managing your own sites (and know how to tweak CSS) and want to work on them without a lot of frustration, this is a great investment. End of Studio Press gushing (and no, they don’t pay me).
This technical investment has also gotten me focusing on what to do with this part of my web presence (as compared to my current money-maker, aweditorial.com). I really do give good space for people to blossom into their own star-selves, but figuring out how to value that as a professional exchange has been tough for me. I have no problem charging for counseling/coaching type services or courses; I’m just struggling to define what it is I provide, although on an informal basis I’ve seen amazing transformations from other people exposed to my non-judgmental approach to supporting them, and my ability to explain complex spiritual ideas.
I know, I need to write that e-book, start that podcast, come up with that course outline. But first, I’d like to just write these posts regularly and find my tribe. Brian Gardner, through his very valuable personal blog, has helped me tremendously to focus on writing what I want to express rather than writing what I think others want to hear. “For they shall come to listen when they hear the message they are looking for.”
“I give great space for you to be your own star.”
Yeah, that’s a good slogan (thanks, Chris Brogan, for inspiring that one). So, let’s start here with two things: Writing stuff that helps both you and me, making that space in the comments for you to express yourself without any judgmental interference. Yes, tell me your galactic dreams. I will support them. And then back to the tech/design side: I’ll work up a little portfolio shortly of some design tweaks I’ve done for my own and other people’s websites, and maybe my ideas and color schemes will prove valuable to others as well.
It’s time to step up my practice beyond just editing people’s words. Let’s design inspired lives and express them online.