Unless you yourself have spent hours working on a website you will think this post is absolutely crazy. I mean, you’ve been visiting us for a while, and you’ve seen “me” posting things here and there. And I do. I mean, I draw designs in EQ, I tweak graphics in Photoshop, I put my patterns together in Adobe InDesign, I create sections and pages and upload files here (Mambo powered). On average, I’d say I am pretty computer literate. For someone from my generation.
Not so when compared to my children. So I was a little apprehensive when my son and tech support Jared informed me at Christmas he was taking off a few days to go to the beach. And what could I say? That kid hasn’t taken a day off in years (literally)! So I put on a brave little smile, hugged him, gave him my blessing, and told him to go have some fun! While inside I quaked.
I have never had to update our frontpage or do any major “housekeeping” on this website. And what little I do is always after consulting with Jared. That’s our deal: I take care of the contents (the patterns, the tutorials, the writing, the graphics…) and he takes care of the backend. All those things you don’t necessarily see but that make a website work.
Seemingly, Jared had more faith in me than I did myself. After giving me what seemed like some extremely brief instructions (“it’s not that hard, Mom”), patting me on the back, and saying “you can do it,” he left me to my devices. It’s been an intense and on occasion somewhat lonely week. Meaning I miss him and realize how much I rely on him. That’s good, right? (I must tell him again how much I appreciate his wealth of knowledge.)
Yet I guess he was right. Today you would have found me glued to my computer mumbling things about “blocks and panels” that actually have nothing to do with quilting but with how this website is laid out. And in spite of all the trembling and quaking, I have managed to update this website and post all the new patterns and BOMs on the front page. It took me hours, where it would have taken Jared a mere minutes. But I did it!
Now I feel like a kid in a candy store: today I learned something new! What an absolute feeling of accomplishment! I am a godess!!! Oh, yes… thanks, Jare!