My 11-step program for a new innergeek.us
I’ve been working hard to figure out what to do with my blog and with innergeek.us in recent hours, days, weeks, months, years. Mostly it’s overwhelming, and nothing ever seems to be good enough. I’m the only one who ever has that type of problem, right?
This blog, if you’re reading it on my actual site, is currently using a WordPress theme I found online but do not intend to keep. I like the daffodils and the black flourishes and the gradient on either side of the center column, but it’s not set up to easily switch the background of the center pane to white so I know that my words are a little tough to read. It’s easily the girliest theme I’ve ever contemplated using and will eventually be replaced by a more gender-neutral (and geek-inspired) look.
I’ve toyed with rebuilding my whole site using WordPress, but that may end up making future features more difficult to incorporate. I’ve instead decided to build my CSS so that I can seamlessly integrate my WordPress blog into that design. Now the major hurdle is building a design that meets or exceeds my vision. I have dozens of pencil sketches all over my desk and a handful of abandoned designs on my computer. So I’m taking a break right now.
For the sake of accountability (to YOU! My loyal readership! Or at least my mom.) I’m going to lay out my plans for innergeek.us.
- Create an innergeek logo. (done!)
- Create a site design that seamlessly integrates WordPress blog (I think I’m really close.)
- Create graphics for site design
- Build CSS for site design
- Refresh exisiting content, except Geek Test
- Transition to new web host (there’s never a good time for this, is there?)
- Upload and test everything online in a secret sandbox
- Refresh Geek Test to a slightly less embarrassing version 3.2
- Launch new site by September 1, 2009
- Overhaul Geek Test
- Launch new Geek Test by October 16, 2009
At this point, I think 30 days is a reasonable amount of time to give myself to revamp the website, especially if I’m stocked up on coffee. I’m going to table all the super-sweet feature ideas for now because I think that’s slowing me down. After I launch the new site, I’ll have six weeks to publish Geek Test 4.0—and that’s a hard deadline for my most overwhelming task. It’s the ten-year anniversary of the very first Geek Party where the very first version of the Geek Test was unveiled. It. Must. Happen.
But for now, I’m gunning for goal #2.