It has been almost six months since the last time I even looked at the code from my old site. It became glaringly apparent that what I wanted to do with that site was far above my reach and talent level for code, so it sat there. Unfinished. Waiting.
In the meantime, I've picked up a few side projects that I got really excited to share, but almost entirely gave up hope to share them every time I would look at that site. A launch is fast approaching and it was time to hunt.
Along Came A Squarespace
A friend showed Squarespace to me a long, long time ago. They had just launched version 6 of their editor and they were just getting their reviews trickling in. I had originally written them off and resisted giving them a try until this whole fiasco with my own site.
I liked coding the site until I hit my own limitations on how to code site integrations like Tumblr and Flickr, and had to backtrack on design ideas to compensate for their systems. I took the Squarespace trial and became very frustrated when I found out that I'm very limited to using one of their templates. It gave me a huge creative block. I couldn't figure out for the life of me just how to work around someone else's design.
At one point this last week, with that product launch coming up, it went from being something worth mulling over to becoming a necessity that I should have to learn to work with. My site wasn't getting done in its existing state, and if I'm serious about pursuing anything with creative work, I needed to just make a portfolio I can work with.
It seems to be an almost infamous line from me these days, but stay tuned. I'm learning to work around new limitations, but the end result will be so much better for my viewers and myself.
Imagine a world where I can just go post something without the hassle of changing a line of code!