Well, sometimes things just don’t work the way you need them to anymore, and this website was no exception. I hadn’t updated the theme in over five years, and I wanted to make use of it to do more than just serve as the home base for an occasional blog post.
I’m working on some projects — books, actually. The first, probably the first two, actually, will be compilations of my favorite essays from the past five years of writing at 1P5. I looked at my stats and I’ve cranked out over 1200 articles in that time, and only a couple dozen look like they’re going to make the cut.
I realized, though, as I was thinking through how I’d be marketing them, that I don’t really have the kind of homepage that serves an author. And as I do more different kinds of projects, I want a website that can handle all of it.
I think this new iteration of WordPress, which is built on a heavily-customized theme that allows me to visually edit the components, is going to make it easier for me to keep things modular so I can add and remove sections to the homepage as needed.
For now, it’s somewhat bare bones, but it’s 1:30 AM and I’ve been at it all day, and I wanted to get it copied over so I could get more content up this week without having to constantly back up new posts to my staging site. I figured I might as well put the thing up.
There’ll be some kinks to work out, but no better way to find those than to have people use it. I know that the sidebar on the posts is ugly, and I need to figure out how to fix it. Hopefully all the forms are working. I haven’t tested them.
I think it’s a solid step forward over the old site, though, and I can keep building from here. Thanks for your patience if you run into any issues.