Fear of Commitment

I’m having a fear of commitment issue. I know how I want my blog to look, but I’m having trouble vocalizing it, and even more trouble trying to figure out what theme would be the best launching pad. I’m afraid that if I commit to a theme that I later do not like as much as another one, I’ll be stuck.

I’m very excited to keep working with WordPress. I’ve spent a good amount of time going through the themes and beginning to lay out my plan.

What I’m most excited about having learned are the possibilities in general that a site can do. I need to keep myself narrow-minded, though, and focus on certain things and not all of the foreseeable possibilities.


I just finished the assignment to try and create / install a child theme. Consider myself filled with a million new questions.

Anytime I feel remotely confident about something learned, that confidence lasts less than 24 hours until something reminds me that I know nothing. I feel like Jon Snow:

I’m even finding directions confusing at this point. I tried following the WordPress directions on how to create a child theme, and I’m not even sure I did it properly. I’m also not sure how much stuff I was supposed to change, but I tried fixing a few things that I don’t like on the current theme.

The guest speaker from last week was helpful in terms of showing us what is possible with WordPress, but the material was covered so quickly that at the time I thought I understood, but now that I’ve had a week to sit on it, I’m not so sure I can replicate anything that he did.

2 thoughts on “Fear of Commitment

  1. Greg Linch

    The more you know (especially about what’s possible), the less realize you actually know. This is natural.

    As for what Andy showed, it was indeed meant to be more here are some high-level things you can do and implementing them doesn’t take much code. Don’t worry about memorizing the specific *how* steps for those things — that’s what the codex is for 🙂

    For the child theme, be sure to read things carefully and follow the directions preciously:


  2. Rob Snyder

    The funny thing about focusing on what you want to do, is that sometimes you overlook other ways to do it. When I’m working on a pretty tough task, or something unfamiliar, sometimes I approach it with a kind of “stand-offish” attitude. This is hard for me, because I typically love to get knee-deep into problems or tasks. However, I’ve found that with the stand-off approach, I’m often able to find easy solutions that I may have otherwise missed. I also find that I’m more open to changing directions. It too, though, can be problematic, because sometimes I find myself failing to commit to anything. I guess my advice would be to remain open to both a focused and stand-off approach to your task. Good luck!


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