Yes, I know it’s UGLY, but I’m Under Construction!


I guess I need to address this hot mess that was once Insanity is NOT an Option. Right now, it kind of is an option. I might be ready for one of those cute white jackets that’s designed to make you hug yourself before this is all over. For real. I need a hug.

You see, I’m switching from Blogger to WordPress. For those of you that don’t understand that, it’s OK. I’m just here to tell you that I realize this place is a MESS (and I’m totally not a fan of messes). For those of you that do understand, HOLD ME!

It took awhile to move me and I actually vanished for some time. There was a code missing. It was a pretty important code too. But with the help of some friends, we got through that (and I wasn’t hospitalized). But now, I’ve got THIS. This black, not very sparkly, complete ugly mess.

It’ll be fixed soon and I’ll be sparkling again in no time. This is temporary (keep telling yourself that Christy) and my designer has my back. She just spent more time porting than anticipated so she had to put me on the back burner for a bit with the design work. It’s a process. I need to be patient, but I’m not.

So yea, hold me, please and thank you and be sure to stop back by. I’m just under construction. I haven’t lost my mind…YET!

One Day…At SoFabCon…I Learned How to Code My Way Out of a Wet Paper Bag

Taking Over the World with WordPress and HTML
by Jay Thornton and Chris Whittle
Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post. I am writing this to share my experiences from SoFabCon 2013 in hopes that someone might learn something and so that I don’t forget a thing! As always, all opinions are my own so if I get anything wrong, it’s all my fault!
It was once said, in a public forum, lovingly of course, by some bunny that I couldn’t HTML my way out of a wet paper bag. This might or might not be true. OK, so it’s totally true. “Code” to me is like Algrebra. 

A + B = AB. You know, those things I work out every morning in hopes that they will once be as cut as they were pre 4 c-section 8+ pound babies ago? A + B cannot equal 5, or 6, or infinity. Numbers are numbers, letters are letters, words are words. 

I write. It’s really all I know how to do. I might not be good at it, but this is what I do and there is no place in my world for “code”. I write words. Not 


. None of that belongs in my world. Or does it?

Apparently it does. Apparently I should learn it. Apparently expressing that it’s all Greek to me is not acceptable in the blogging world. And so, when I heard that Jay and Whittle, the original monkeys, were going to teach a session on this elusive beast, this HTML monster, I knew I had to sit in. I mean, they said I could take over the world. Now that DOES fit into my world just fine.

So, yea, that’s me. Sitting front and center with the half pink hair. I’m a good student like that (besides that put me in optimal heckling position and that’s pretty important in my world too). I was ready to learn. Mind clear, pen and paper in hand, let’s get this thing started!

Jay Thornton, VP of Technology for Collective Bias opened with the “basics”. He explained that HTML, or the building blocks, controlled things on my blog like the headers, footers, and sidebars. And CSS (don’t ask me what that stands for, I have no clue) makes it all look right with position, color, font, and size. You know, the pretty stuff.

Common CSS changes include:

  • Background colors and images
  • Fonts – Use Google Webfonts for 5000+ free fonts
  • Content area widths (I can’t express enough how important this is to the appearance of your blog. 1″ thick blog post widths are not pretty people!).
  • Plug ins and widget styling
  • Use Global CSS by Joddit (Confession: I have “so confused” next to my notes on this part!) to make changes. We’ll have to ask for clarification on this part later.

As they often do, this was a tag team effort between the dynamic duo. Chris Whittle, Director of Technology at Collective Bias, stepped up to the plate next. Don’t let him fool you, he is rarely serious although he does know his “stuff”. 

Key Points:

  • Chrome Webmaster Tools: 
    • Use to inspect an element and make a change. Hey, I can do that! 
    • The cool part of this is, you can change stuff, but unless you hit save, it won’t stick. Meaning, I can experiment all I want without messing up everything I’ve worked so hard to achieve. 
  • Keep WordPress up to date for security. Remember: Plugins are your weak points.
There was much more said that I don’t understand. Heck, I don’t understand half of what I wrote above but I’m willing to work on it. Hopefully I got my notes right. I’m sure Whittle will correct me if not. 

They opened it up for questions and answers at this point. Guess who the first one to open their mouth was? Yup…ME! You see, I’m on Blogger. I told Whittle this not so long ago on a Google chat about other business and he admitted to losing a little bit of respect for me (he was kidding…kind of). I know that Blogger isn’t as stable and I know I need to make the switch to WordPress. Remember at the beginning? They said I could take over the world! I’m on this! So how do I go about that?
  • Don’t be scared (my biggest hurdle!)
  • Back up your current site. 
  • Export, import, then move your domain.
  • PAY FOR HOSTING! They recommend:
So, am I ready to take over the world with WordPress and HTML? No, but I’m not nearly as afraid of it as I was before. I learned that I can make changes that won’t stick unless I hit the save button. I actually know what some of the acronyms and codes mean now. Things that start with < and end with > don’t frighten me nearly as much. And I’m ready to take the WordPress plunge now that I kind of/sort of know how to do it. I at least know where to start and that’s further along than I was when I hit the ground in Arkansas!

I probably could have used a 10 hour one-on-one course from these two but this was a great one-hour session and I’m glad I sat in. I’m pretty sure I’m dangerous enough now to code my way out of a wet paper bag anyway!