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Nerdy Stuff – WordPress

I’ve spent the last few days plucking away at the website, and I’m starting to like it. It’s got some flaws, but it’s getting there.

In case you want to know what I’ve done (besides a lot of Googling!), I decided to go with TwentyFourteen that comes with WordPress. I like how clean it looks and how good it looks on my phone. Plus, it seemed a little easier to customize than TwentySeventeen. Then too, maybe I’ve just learned to read the CSS better.

A lot of the changes I made were from the menus within WP, except for the colors. I used this site to figure out what the majority of the tags were for the colors and changed them to my own. If you copy everything in the big gray box and paste it into Appearance > Customize > Additional CSS, you can play with the colors and figure out what goes to what.

And since it’s not best practice to leave your custom CSS there, I learned how to make a child theme here. A little nerdy, but fairly easy to follow along with.

Whew! So here I am! On to the next tweak…

Getting Started

It’s been a really long time since I did the blogging thing. My goal is to keep up on it weekly. Hopefully enough to keep you interested and enough to keep me writing it.

As I said on the main page, I’m working on getting my online studio up and running and instead of getting bogged down in getting it perfect and launching, I’m just doing it live on the site (which is the biggest no-no ever, especially from an IT standpoint).

I’ve been torn as to where to start. Do I start posting products on Etsy and then build the website? Do I post products on Facebook or Instagram and then build the website? Do I build the website first? If I build the website, what am I putting on it? What am I trying to do here?! Am I supposed to do x, y, and z? AaaAAAAaaAAAAHHHhhHHH!

For a long time I did nothing because I just couldn’t. There was too much noise. Things I knew I should be doing, but things I just didn’t want to do. I know I should have consistency and a brand and a niche and an ideal customer, and all of these things.

Oh, never mind that I didn’t know what I wanted to sell. I just wanted to sell my fiber and fine art to everyone! Because that’s how it works when you’re setting up a new business, right?

FYI. Not really. All that stuff that’s been overwhelming to me is actually good stuff to know. Especially if you want something more than a hobby business.

I don’t want to create a giant corporation. I really do just want to make stuff for people who love it in order to support myself creatively and financially. I mean, how cool is it to say that you support yourself with your art? Take that, starving artist stereotype! 🙂

So today I start. I stripped down the website to the out of the box WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme, and started writing new content (like this!) I’ll work on getting links up so you can find me on the other corners of the Interwebs, and we’ll see what happens!

Oh…I forgot the most important part! I decided to focus on yarn/fiber art. I’m planning on getting together some yarns and kits for the DIY’ers and some finished products for the folks who don’t have the time to make.

If you find this useful, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!