Several years a go I made my living as a professional scrapbooker. Seriously. That’s a thing. I did graphic design for scrapbook companies and sold layouts to magazines.
Every year I’d make the trip to Orange County to hit the Craft and Hobby Association trade show—a huge conference hall filled with aisle after aisle of paper, ribbons, stamps, alphabet stickers, and so much more. It was craft nirvana.
I was super-excited the year Martha Stewart gave the keynote address. You either love Martha or you hate her—and my inner OCD perfectionist loves her. She’ll always be just a leetle bit better than you, but that’s part of her appeal.
During her keynote she did something that surprised me—she shared a few hilarious stories about some of her epic crafting fails. It turns out even the perfect Martha Stewart has been up until four o’clock in the morning cursing her stamps because they’re not coming out right and the cards have to be done in the morning. She confessed that she wasn’t always perfect, and it made her much more human.
So, what does that have to do with the brand-spanking new Creativity Included site refresh?
OK. True confession time.
On December 2, 2013 I made a backup of my site and moved it to a staging area at Flywheel to start my site refresh. After I made that backup and started designing, though, I stopped posting on my blog. I could blame it on the holidays, or the endless flu, but it’s actually something much more embarrassing—I wasn’t sure how to migrate just the posts that I’d written since the backup, and was afraid I’d somehow hose my staging site if I tried.
Even after all these years of working with WordPress, one of the things I’m still not confident about is server migrations. I almost always do something inadvertently stupid and spend the next 18 hours pulling out my hair and cursing while I try to fix what I did. So I just didn’t blog. Lame, right?
The good news is I shouldn’t have to refresh again for a couple of years, so hooray—no more server migrations for me! That also means that I can get back to my regularly scheduled blog posts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. I can’t wait to talk with you about branding, user experience and design!