Don’t fret…you are in the right place. After 11 months I’ve decide to take the plunge and upgrade this site with a new framework and theme. The creation you see here is just the beginning as I gradually tweak and enhance the site in the next couple of months. At least that’s the plan.
The theme I have chosen is the popular Eleven40 Theme developed by StudioPress. The theme is designed to work in conjunction with their Genesis framework, which I have also purchased. Total package deal for the Genesis framework and the Eleven40 theme, $79.95. I’ll be sharing Friday some of the unusual reasons why I chose this theme. Stay tuned.
For the foreseeable future this has what I need. I could have gone the route of having someone else design my site. That would probably have saved a lot of time and effort and maybe will be something I do in the future. But I love the challenge of learning new things and building something from the ground up. I think that is why I liked my construction job in college so much. Plus I have a couple of months now to devote to this task, as I will be free from my school responsibilities for the summer.
It’s taken me 11 months of blogging to get here. So why in the heck did it take so long to make the change from a cheap, free theme to something with A LOT more quality? Couldn’t I have upgraded back in February or last September? The answer to that question is of course “Yes”, but for a commitment and goal I made to only two people.
Those two people were Mrs. Luke1428 and myself.
My wife kind of pushed me kicking and screaming into blogging. I had mentioned it in passing one day as something that sounded interesting. In my heart, I really didn’t plan to do anything with it. It was just kind of one of those things you dream about and say out loud but have no real intentions of carrying out.
I really didn’t think I had much to say or contribute. After all, hasn’t everything that needs to be said already been said about personal finance? Even if I take a spiritual perspective with some of my writing I’ll just be repeating what other successful Christian bloggers have covered. Besides, I didn’t believe I would have time with my responsibilities at home as my wife pursued her CPA licensure and MBA. And what if I started writing, realized I hated it and had to shut the site down? That would be embarrassing.
Yep, that’s me. Doing my best Moses-at-the-burning-bush impersonation, making excuses.
So after much stewing, domain-name-searching, and some encouragement from my wife, I decided to launch Luke1428 with my first post on July 3rd, 2012. I had no idea what I was doing or what to expect. But I did make a promise to myself and to my wife that actually helped me move forward with less anxiety.
I committed that the goal for year one of this blog was just going to be about writing. I had to prove to myself that a) I could write consistently for a year and b) that I would enjoy it. So no money spent on premium themes. No on-site advertising. No worrying about SEO, or Alexa ranking, or page views per day. No joining any challenges and no guest posting on other sites. All that would have to wait until later.
Some may view my past 11 months of blogging as wasted time because I did not do all those things. Could not this blog have been more popular had I done those things? Perhaps. Most likely. But I just didn’t see them as the main barrier to long-term success. If I couldn’t write well and consistently produce quality content that people enjoy then what’s the point of all that other stuff? I’d just be drawing people to crappy content or a one-post-a-month-dead-blog and they wouldn’t return. Ever.
I feel that my privately held goal for year one of this blog has been achieved. I’ve consistently posted 2-3 times per week and I still enjoy it. And hopefully along the way I’ve added some interesting content that has been helpful. So with the blessing of Mrs. Luke1428, I’m moving forward with this upgrade a month early.
Thanks for coming by today to check this out. I hope you like what you see.
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