Then set aside and equal amount of time to come up with a process that will help you to execute efficiently. This includes time for research, figure out how to get from one idea to the next, finding the best pockets in your schedule to sit down and write.
“Let’s say you commit time to the parallel paths of ideas and execution on alternating days. Eventually, something amazing will happen — the paths will intersect,” he writes.
This was my first time using it and it took me a while to figure out the builder. I also felt like there wasn’t much customisation I could do. While there are a number of themes to choose from, the design feels very fixed.
But it definitely fits the bill as a quick setup portfolio site. It took me about 15 minutes, including uploading photos.
But to be honest, if I were looking to create a portfolio site, I might use Tumblr instead.
There’s a wide range of themes available that don’t have to be customised to use. It’s easy to manage content. And you can use your own domain for free. There are instructions that are pretty straightforward to follow.
If at any point you want to create something from scratch, Tumblr also has great theme documentation that you can refer to.
These days, I can typically track how busy I’ve been by how many days go by between each of my blog posts. Since I started doing this, I’ve missed days at least twice (if not more).
This is the longest it’s been between postings. But it wasn’t totally because I was busy.
The truth is, I’ve been dejected. In September, I wrote two pieces for submission — one fiction, one creative non-fiction. Neither one made the cut.
Since the start of the year, I’ve been questioning my ability as a writer. And suddenly, hit with these two rejections, one of which I didn’t even really care about getting into, my entire professional identity came into question.
Who was I, if not a writer? And could I even call myself a writer if I wasn’t getting published enough?
Even as I hit milestones in the other work I do, I wonder why this hasn’t been happening for my writing.
What if this was as far as I could go? The thought frightened me.
So I worked on other things. I read books, played games. The blank screen suddenly seemed like the scariest thing in the world.
But then I remembered something I’d read years ago: the answer to the question “when can I call myself a writer”.
One of my hobbies is testing out website builders and content management systems (CMS). I recently got around to building a proper website on Squarespace and this time around, it seemed a lot easier to use.
Previously, I couldn’t get over the fact that the only way to access the CMS was through the page builder and that put me off working on the pages.
But after today, I realise that the website building experience is actually a lot simpler compared to WordPress (which is usually my first choice).
It also has email marketing built into the website, which can be convenient. There’s no need to sign up for separate marketing software.
On the other hand, I don’t love the fact that, compared to WordPress, there’s limited flexibility in terms of design. It’s also slightly more expensive and there’s no free tier.
The email marketing plans are also on the pricy side, compared to tools like Mailchimp, Mailerlite (current favourite for marketing) or Substack (current favourite for content).
In terms of analytics, Squarespace again provides a lot of convenience with their built-in analytics, which is comprehensive enough. Using it means one doesn’t have to set up Google Analytics (Google Search Console still required though).
After trying it out this time, I’d say I would probably use Squarespace to build a portfolio website or a content website with a fixed focus but likely not as a personal blog.