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…