This month has been extremely productive for MyIdeaPark, despite even having experienced a few setbacks along the way. I was able to get a decent amount of great content out while at the same time creating some direction. Trello has definitely played a huge role in that. I can’t stress enough how much I love that app. Okay, here we go, the March 2017 MyIdeaPark News + Updates!!
For starters, I finally gained a little momentum in the health department and included a few posts about it. Getting fit and eating clean are high priorities for me, but I haven’t exactly been making the effort until recently. The truth is that we all get distracted with life. There doesn’t always seem to be enough time in the day. Our health is paramount, though, so I’m proud of myself for getting back to it. Not to mention that I already have so much more energy in the tank because of it.
I’ve been working diligently behind the scenes to get the site up to speed. There’s so much to do, but honestly, I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I’m sure I’ve been overthinking things. Not to worry, though, I’ve also been narrowing my focus and visualizing the big picture.
MyIdeaPark Progress + Initiatives
- Content, content, content!! From the beginning, I’ve only wanted to provide great content. Unfortunately, in the process of building a website, I came to the realization that it can actually be quite an extensive chore. That being the case, I’ve spent less time focused on material than I’d like. This month, however, I’ve started tipping the scales. The technical stuff is getting more and more under control. That means the time I have to spend on writing and such is growing. My content goal for April is one new post every single day.
- Multiple new content series are also in the works. One being ‘Website Building’. Join me as we learn and grow together in the only world of ones and zeroes. Keep in mind that this is a learning process for me, too, so I will definitely take some missteps (I already have). However, I will certainly divulge both the good and the bad. Any decisions you ultimately make for your own websites, then, can be made in earnest.
- Emails. Originally, I had intended to deliver the ‘MyIdeaPark News + Updates!!’ newsletter biweekly. Right off the bat, though, I missed the mark. Since then, I’ve had a change of heart in how I want to proceed with emails. Now, the newsletter will be sent out weekly, with an option coming soon for more or less delivery frequency depending on your personal preferences.
- The initiative to switch MyIdeaPark from a shared hosting account to a virtual private server (VPS) was met with failure. I’ve reassessed the situation and will attempt to make the move once again next week. Wish me luck, I think I need it. When the migration is complete the site will load at light speed!
- I’ve changed some design aspects to make the site more user-friendly. This is still very much a work in progress. However, I’m happy to say that visitors can now not only signup for the MyIdeaPark newsletter, but you can also sign up to become members of the site itself. Plus, you can do it via your Facebook login with a login option for other social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest in the works.
- On top of the newly integrated social login, users will soon be able to upload their own profile pics, input their personal bio, and more. The comments section is also being revamped in order to encourage a community dialect. More features and updates on this coming soon!
You may have noticed I changed the banner as well. I sketched out a logo, snapped a pic on my phone, then uploaded it to Photoshop. From there I was able to make a semi-good looking banner logo specific to MyIdeaPark. Let me know what you think about the design and please include any feedback you might have on anything else related to the site.
As everything gets fine-tuned, I’d love to hear all of your suggestions. My feelings won’t get hurt if you don’t like something, I promise. We all have opinions about things, and I’m a fan of new ideas. Two heads are better than one, after all. My buddy Justin has been a great help in this department. He’s pointed me in the right direction with regards to some of the more technical aspects of building a site. Not only that, but he’s been honest and direct with me about his opinions pertaining to the design. His feedback has not only been a great insight, but it’s saved me a ton of time.
The more effort I put into the site, the more excited I become about its future. I love the work I’ve been doing and I have so many plans and ideas. It feels wonderful to be using my imagination again!
Thanks for visiting, we’ll chat again soon.