I have been agonizing over what I have to do about the Blog (hmuellerdesign.com) for some time. It was intended as a personal tool where I could record my personal thoughts and experiences of living in a long-term care facility. But it has grown in scope and other people have started using the blog as well.
It was not designed with that in mind, as a consequence people were finding it difficult to navigate. Back to the drawing board I went. My financial situation here is precarious as one of the staff put it, basically I have no money. So I thought I was being quite smart and frugal to put the five topics I wanted to track, in the same blog as if they were the same topic, just different angles of it so I simply allocated them different categories – but as the saying goes “slim vang sy baas!” which translates to “smartly catches his boss” i.e. if you try work arounds by unorthodox means, it is likely to come back and bite you – and this one certainly did.
Restructuring the Blog
I found that you can convert a single WordPress installation into a “multi-site” installation. That meant that I could give each of the topics could be given its own website with its own navigation, and look, without it costing me any money, just labor. But Murphy is alive and well and living in New Westminster…!
I went through steps being extremely careful. Well my site was totally broken after that. The webhost company fixed some of the problems so that one can navigate the site but I still have 294 broken links…
This is a longer story – there was so much to do so I prayed for guidance, what should my priority be. In a dream I was told to focus on the online training, which was a total surprise. In the multitude of council there is safety, so I sent an email to several people who know me and asked if they thought the dream/vision should be taken as the guidance I had asked for. I asked everyone to be frank.
I got many frank answers and several difficult discussions followed from that. But I am glad I did ask for advice and I appreciate all the responses.
Bottom line is have been focusing on the courses. I have gained many valuable insights into what the training should be like. Which brings with it a whole host of challenges. I will explain in another post.