Today, after 5+ years, The Green Wife has a new look! It was overdue. The old design was fun, colorful, vibrant, but I was ready for an update. Something a little cleaner and fresher looking.
If some of my many designer and/or developer friends took a look at my code right now, they might get a good laugh. I’m coding on my shaky Bambi legs right now and I am not afraid to admit it! So there!
But I did it. I redid the site entirely on my own. And I enjoyed the hell out of it.
I see a big divide between my crafty friends and my web design/development friends. I feel like I have kind of bridged that gap in that I love to create. Period. I love to knit beautiful things. I love to paint stuff. I love to cook delicious food. And now I love to create websites.
Creating is creating. The satisfaction of creating something is just as fulfilling if it’s in my hands or on my computer screen. Either way, I’m getting my creativity flowing and enjoying the satisfaction that comes with a finished project.
Never stop creating.
Never stop learning.
Never be afraid to try new things.
If you want to try your hand at building a site, jump in! Every resource you could ever need is available. Answers are everywhere.
What I use:
- WordPress. WordPress, WordPress, WordPress. Don’t leave home without it. I could go on and on, but that’s another post for another time.
- StudioPress. Working with the Genesis framework and a beautiful child theme will give you a great head start. Good people. Great support. Pure class and quality.
- Codecademy. This is an excellent, free resource for building your code skills.
Other great resources:
WordPress for Dummies –A great book written by my brilliant, funny, kind, and amazing friend Lisa Sabin-Wilson. She knows her stuff. Check out the book.
WP101 –A series of excellent WordPress tutorials created by Shawn Hesketh. He and his wife, Kay, are just fantastic people who have inspired me and many others to “Never Stop Learning”. I even have the shirt.
WordCamp –Seriously. Find a WordCamp in your area and go. I’ve been to….hmm…18? 20? A lot. I’ve lost count. Every one that I’ve been to has taught me something. You’ll fall in love with the WordPress community and find sessions for beginners, developers, and everything in between. You don’t have to know a thing about WP when you walk in the door, but I promise that you’ll leave inspired and more informed.
My point? Don’t let fear stop you from trying something new, whether it’s web design, pottery, woodworking, anything…just try it. You don’t have to be perfect or great at any one thing, but don’t be afraid to experiment. And never, never stop creating.
So…uhhh….what do you think of the new look?