This Blogging Business is Hard!

Posted on March 14, 2012 by


I started this blog to force me to write more frequently and at a level that was good enough to post publicly.  I thought that was the skill I would be developing.  I didn’t anticipate how much of a learning experience building and managing the blog itself would be.

Recently my site was hacked.   I am still not sure how serious it was and I am trying to take steps to fix the issue, protect my site from future attacks, and create backups.  The problem is I don’t really know what I am doing and I am relying heavily on blogger’s write-ups and online tutorials.

The other night I was trying to sort this all out and I was feeling overwhelmed.  I hate being in that situation.  It is one of the most uncomfortable feelings.  When you are put in a position where you are trying to learn too much too quickly. When you are confused.  When you are frustrated.

That is the feeling of jumping into the middle of learning a skill rather than starting at the beginning.  That is why it is so important to approach learning and skill-development from the right place and at the right pace.

I completely underestimated how much time I would need to invest in learning WordPress, html and site management.I thought that managing the blog was going to be simple and require minimal effort.

While I was researching how to “log-in to my FTP site so that I could update the security keys on my WP_admin file” I stumbled across this comment that resonated with me:

I was told that this whole WordPress blog thing was simple and easy.  I thought this would be an easy way to supplement my retirement income.  It is turning out to be a huge mistake.

I am trying not to be to hard on myself.  This is my first blog, I have barely any readers and I am not relying on it for my living.  It is a hobby and if it isn’t perfect then I can live with that.

I keep reminding myself that I am on the learning curve.  I can’t solve all the problems at once and I will just keep chipping away at them one by one.

I have accepted the fact that I need to dedicate a couple hours a week to maintain the website and learn the necessary skills.

The hardest part is accepting that I am adding another commitment to my schedule.  Between being a Husband, Father, Full-Time engineer, guitar and writing student, and kitesurfer I am beginning to feel a little squeezed on time…

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