Under Construction: Dev, Part I

Sitting in Starbucks on a Friday evening, with Firefox/Firebug, Photoshop, and WordPress to keep me company.  WordPress has become so customizable/plug and play/non-developer friendly that it’s almost like learning an entirely new language to get it to do what I want.  Shortcodes and WP functions are everywhere.  I’m fortunate to have learned PHP for my internship a few years ago and some experience with creating a WP site already, as it’d be an entirely different monster for someone unfamiliar with web development/PHP/jQuery/CSS.

I’m not where I’d like to be in terms of progress on this site, but I guess it’s better late than never.  Unless I dedicate time intentionally (like Friday night) to this site, it’s continually slipping through my fingers.  After looking at code for 8 hours at work I’m not exactly psyched to come home and look at more code during the week.

Working on a Friday night doesn’t bother me.  Starbucks provides the perfect environment for dev work: ambient noise, random things I can stare at aimlessly when I’m thinking through something, something to sip, caffeine, power outlets and wifi.  When I think about things I’d otherwise be doing tonight (probably eating something fattening followed by doing something mindless), it’s a worthwhile trade off.

Back to work.

Under Construction

Finding an appropriate design for the website is a lot harder than I thought it’d be.  Same with determining and producing the right content.  There’s a lot more strategy that goes into the design and structure of a website than you’d think.  Attention spans are precious (and fleeting).

I was going to write more about this, but I’ll write a synopsis later when I’m done.  If I’ve learned anything so far, it’s that you can sit in a chair and think about things until your head hurts.  There’s more to be said about actually putting forth an effort to get the thing done.