You might think that running a premium WordPress theme website is all peaches and cream, but let me assure you it’s not.
Throw in being Chief Product Officer of Copyblogger Media which means also overseeing the development of Scribe SEO and Premise Landing Pages, and you’ve got the making of something quite overwhelming.
Now don’t get me wrong – I love my job and think I do it quite well. But like every personality type, I go through seasons of productivity and creative schizophrenia.
The Definition of Schizophrenia
Before we go any further, I’d like to define what urbanites call Schizophrenia:
A person experiencing schizophrenia might see things in a way that he can only understand. He might also experience hallucinations such as hearing voices and seeing things, paranoia, feelings and thoughts of persecution and feeling like he is in another world.
It’s no secret that I have a tendency to redesign my site every once in a while – which is really more a reflection of how I’m personally feeling at the time. In other words, it’s my way of opening up my window and letting my visitors into my world.
For the first time in what seems like forever, I feel as though I’ve finally nailed the design of my site which I’m really happy with.
Sometimes Our Lives Are Filled With Irony
I’d like to make a sincere confession – this new design is not my own, rather one from a very talented designer named Philip Beel. This past weekend I was looking for inspiration and found the Cult WordPress theme and could not resist it’s allure.
At times I use design I see on the internet as inspiration for our WordPress Themes, but always make sure that the fine line between that and copying is never crossed.
As I began the coding of my design with the intent of only taking inspiration from the Cult theme, I found there wasn’t much I wanted to change. So I decided it was only fair to buy it and thanked the designer for his quality work.
I’ve made a few changes here and there, but I wanted to be completely transparent with the new design, and make sure credit was given where it was rightfully due.
A New Design, A New Journey and More of the Same
Now that I’m happy with my design, I can hopefully take the inspiration I have received from others to a place that I really want to go. I’ve always loved to write (more on that) and hope I can continue to write about my life experiences.
My biggest obstacle to success is my inability to stay focused. If you’re anything like me, your mind tends to wander like you’re in a maze. This way, that way, back up and try again. (thus a blog I considered creating called Nomad Theory)
In My Opinion, Being Abnormal is Normal
While I pride myself on taking the road less traveled, I feel an incredible amount of self-assurance that it’s “ok” to do things differently.
I want to tell you that being scatter-brained can lead to something brilliant. That being side-tracked can result in something unexpected.
That being abnormal, is, oftentimes, normal… and for me, this time arounds it meant using a design that is completely unoriginal.