This blog is powered by WordPress, a robust site building system that allows for extensive customization. Users can choose from a number of pre-designed themes, color schemes and layouts, add prepackaged plugins, widgets and apps or, if technically adroit, manually modify the underlying templates. I’ve found WordPress to be very effective.
Years ago, before there was a WordPress or similar tools, amateur webmasters had to fend for themselves. Web surfers encountered many sites that looked like this:
Clearly, that site lacks a professional touch, elegant design and user-friendly organization. The background could induce seizures. Even if the site features the most revolutionary content on the web, its poor design detracts from its credibility.
Even with such powerful tools as WordPress, most sites require further customization depending on content. Now that I have a GoFundMe page and Twitter and Facebook accounts set up for this cause, I need to integrate those endeavors with the blog. I see how that can be done, but doing so calls for reorganization of the blog’s existing content and, as I’ve noted, properly tagging nearly 100 posts. And I need to do all of this while finishing a book and battling about fifty fires beyond the scope of this blog.
Now, it boils down to prioritization and time management. Prioritization? No problem. Time management? Perfectionism sometimes interferes with that. Occasionally, my fear of botching something I’ve never done before leads to procrastination. Once I think I have a proper window to complete the troublesome task, I go to it and do well, but I’m subject to redo a thing until I think it’s right. Nobody’s perfect…least of all a perfectionist! Once I get medical benefits again, I’ll get a little therapy for that. But I digress. I acknowledge that I have a blog full of powerful content and I need to take things to the next level. I ain’t scared.
My vision is to tap into as many permutations of social media as possible to further the cause of dads emotionally and financially devastated by the courts and, due to strained relationships with their exes, alienated from their kids. This is a pervasive phenomenon and certain officers of the court and unbalanced women have got away with bloody murder for too long.
I keep thinking “full circle”. I did my job as a husband and continue to do what I can as a father, court-imposed limitations notwithstanding. My goal is to cast aside the emotional fallout of the battle and focus on the objectives: Getting the word out, raising the funds, seeking the right help and ultimately, winning the war.
Though I have family, friends and a strong support system, none can heal the hole in my heart. The prescription for my ailment is documentation supporting my position, a good lawyer and better experienced, less prejudiced judges who don’t need to flex their legal muscles to feel empowered.
Did I mention that the blog is due for an upgrade?