These last couple of weeks I have been working on my blog redesign, and I have been learning (through trial and much, much error) about html and installing wordpress.org and ftp connections and config.sample.php files and mySQLdatabases and customizing headers and css stylesheets… do you know what I’ve finally decided?
That I need to hire someone to do this for me.
The reason that I have been driving myself insane, googling unknown terms and watching tutorial videos and reading blogs about blogging incessantly, is because, plain and simple, I am cheap. I did not want to spend any hard earned money on anything that I could possibly learn and do myself.
Somehow, I got it in my little head that it couldn’t possibly be that hard to learn how to switch over my blog, and customize the design template (among other things), all by myself, even though I truly know next to nothing about this kind of thing (and many people spend years studying to make a good living doing it professionally- that should have been my first hint).
And I got to thinking about it tonight (as I was preparing to pull my hair out while running around my backyard screaming "make it stop, please, make it stop!"), that this is not worth my time. It was an epiphany that sometimes it is a far better, and more economical, choice to admit that we cannot do something ourselves. It is a legitimate question to ask "how much is my time really worth?"
I think that this applies to far more than computer issues (although I would guess that many fellow bloggers can relate!). How many times in our every day lives do we try to be do-it-yourself women? Surely we can keep a spotless house, grow all of our own vegetables, grind our grain to make every single loaf of bread our family eats, paint our entire house and distress the dining room table and chairs, cater the food for a major church event or wedding, and run two home businesses while homeschooling 4 children, can’t we?
I know I’m exaggerating, but if you’re anything like me, your frugality and sense of drivenness may just push you to attempt more than you can really expect of yourself, or to waste fruitless hours trying desperately to master a skill, when your true skills could have been better put to use somewhere else.
The long and the short of my ramblings tonight are that those of us who are frugally minded need to occasionally take a good long look at what we are doing and consider whether the money "saved" is truly worth the cost in the long run.
Excuse me, but I’m off to find me a good blog techie…know any?