It has been a really long time since I posted anything on my blog. There have been several reasons as to why. The biggest one is because I was slowly going through a small depression. Not being in school and not reading/learning about things that I love has effected me to a certain extent. Now, I realize that I can still learn and advance my learning, I just have to use the resources that are at my disposal. Knowing these things and talking about it has helped me realize I can still be happy.
These past weeks I’ve been working five graveyard shifts a week and been trying to work a second job and it hasn’t been the greatest for my mentality. It really has altered the way I act towards everyone. While trying to keep what little sanity I had I was reading about PHP, jQuery and still trying to code my site. I realized that I have been skipping steps in between. I have to develop my process on how I will function and create my sites. Step by step by step.
I feel like I still have a lot to learn and I a lot to take in but that won’t deter me from achieving what I want to achieve. I know there will be several obstacles that I will have to overcome but in time I should be able to overcome those.
As of lately I have had this subject on my mind and I can’t seem to shake it. Part of that reason is because I was talking about it one night while working overnight. Being able to talk to somebody has shed some light to my subject and has helped me see things in a slightly different manner. It is nice.
Over the years of working in customer service I have grown to develop a basic standard of how I expect to be treated when I go to almost any business. The biggest one of course would be any food related service. Walking into a restaurant is the biggest issue for me because I tend to make the biggest judgement call about how the food and service may just very well turn out. Yes, I can be judgmental at times just like everybody else but it is the situation that I judge and not people.
A perfect example of this was a few months back I went to Yosemite with two friends and we set to eat at the Ahwahnee Hotel like we tend to when we go to Yosemite. It was a pretty busy day and the server seemed to be pretty preoccupied with all the tables that she had. The part that really got me the most was the she went about certain things like refilling my drink as well as my friend’s drink that had been there far longer than mine.
In a way it felt like I expected too much of her to notice something so simple as an empty glass on the table but was it really? Service is secondary but where do we really start drawing the line? The only thing I really expected, I guess, was for her to communicate with us about how busy they were and that she would try to do her best in the situation.
Then I start to think about the times that I visit other Starbucks and get what I feel are not so good examples of what a barista should be like. I understand saying thank you to the customer as a means of thanking them for the business but I also have that mentality of saying you’re welcome after hearing it. In a way I guess I want people to almost act like I do to others but in their own way. I greet people like friends and friends like family. A lot of it I think is only because of my curiosity of how the human brain works and how we interact with one another.
Am I really expecting too much? Should I lower my standards so that I can be satisfied with how people act? I guess only time will really tell.
I am slowly making some progress in my site’s theme and I could not be any happier. Every last line of code is helping my understand how to properly implement my site. This week has been really productive for me. There are a few things that I still need to finish as far a images but that should really only take me all but a few hours at most.
I think that the biggest thing will be drawing all the elements that I want and creating them digitally. It has been some time since I have done this but I feel pretty confident that I’ll be able to do it. All in good time, right?
As of lately I have read more and more about how WordPress creates elements dynamically and I am slowly starting to understand how to code properly. Making a website that is HTML5 valid can be a bit of a pain in that there are a few new elements that may not be fully supported by all the browsers. So that means that I have to think about who my audience is going to be or is for the site. True that more and more sites are slowly beginning to be HTML5 based so that means it is slowly becoming the new standard.
In the following year I will try to post my random web observations and some of the knowledge I get from it. I really want to get the most out of all my readings so that means that I will be doing a lot of tutorial reading and maybe one day I will post a tutorial of my own. Well, I know that I will it’s just going to be a matter of what the subject will be about. Either that or I will be posting more and more photos of the progress I am making with my site redesign. I know that I will be taking a small page from all the readings I have done over the years so my site will be with the type/content in mind and that will be the main focus.
There really are a lot of things that are on my mind and I need to find a way to let them out. Thankfully this blog has helped me clear my head of a lot of things and has helped me be a tad more creative. My next steps are to keep it up, draw on a daily basis and read more and more about the subjects that compel me. Primarily type and, now as of lately, anything web related. I shall try to post my random findings and comment about it as well.
Having days off has been really good for me. I feel so much happier now that I can get more things done on my days off. A good example of all of this is the fact that I have been able to finish my friend’s site and keep wanting to add more and more to test my knowledge and ability of the web.
This week has been amazing in that I rediscovered my love for text and that urge to finish what I start. I think my personal blog’s layout and design will be able to look the way I want it too finally. The next step will be trying to find my sketch pads and pencils so that I can start the drawing process of my site and the other sites that I have lined up for me.
This idea that I have for my personal blog will be a fun one because it will be my first major WordPress theme. I know that I want to create one to submit so that other people will use my theme. As some people would say: bragging rights. This will give me more confidence and more knowledge about coding template files because the next site I want to finish deals with .tpl files when it comes to styling and I have never really dealt with these just yet but I should be able to take on this task if I truly put my mind on it.
These last two weeks have flown by and I have managed to get a lot accomplished. The biggest challenge will be finding the fonts to use on not only my site but for future sites as well. All I know is that it will be a fun process.
So, I have been working and messing with WordPress a lot these past few days and I have been falling more and more in love with it the more and more I use it and code with it.
There are so many possibilities to making a website with WordPress and I am slowly getting more and more comfortable with how WordPress works and how all the code interacts with all the pages. I am slowly building up my confidence to making my personal site redesign and I feel like it will be a great look overall.
I am also slowly beginning to understand how it all works and I feel more and more comfortable with how I will create my new look of my personal blog. The next stage will be in creating the look of the shop side of the site I want to create. This is going to be a little more challenging but I know that I will gain a lot more knowledge on how to properly code for the web.
The only reason I feel that it will be challenging is because I have never really taken on such a huge endeavor before. The next site will be more rewarding because I will be working with how template files work with PHP. The site I will be working on will be a jewelry site for a friend and I have this vision of what the store should look like for her but the application of it all will be a little hard. Trying to find information on the system that I want to use is a little difficult but I know that if I find a good source I will be able to achieve the end result I have envisioned.
There are so many steps that I have taken over the last year but I think that all of them have been really good for what I want to be doing in the near future. I feel more and more confident and feel really happy about career path I have chosen. The only thing that will be hard will be finding the funds so I can stay in school for my Bachelors degree although I am tempted to read more about getting a diploma on specific things so I can update my resume.