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My First (Online) Step in the Walk For Liberty

Some days, nothing goes right, but in others it’s all good. In this blog, I will be documenting my preparations for the Walk For Liberty, as well as other subjects concerning freedom and liberty in general. The Walk For Liberty is a walk from coast to coast to promote the Free State Project and Ron Paul. Joining me will be my wife, my brother, and his girlfriend. I anticipate there will be many trials to come, both in preparation for, and during, our walk across the country. For now though, I’d like to share with you a story about the obstacles I faced in getting this blog online.

Creating a WordPress blog (the software I use) is not really that hard in and of itself. I had previously set one up for my brother. The web hosting company we use has an automated tool to set up the blog, but it doesn’t do it in the format I wanted. So I had to download the software and install it manually.

Like I said, that part is not really that hard. It was even easier this second time around setting up my own blog. I might be somewhat biased since I’m a programmer by trade, but if you’re somewhat technically inclined, you shouldn’t have too much difficulty setting up a WordPress blog on your own hosted web server (though if you want to start your own blog and want a completely effortless way to do it, go to wordpress.com and use their online software; I just wanted the flexibility of a blog on my own website).

The difficult part about creating it, for me at least, was getting it to look exactly like the theme I had already created for the rest of my Walk For Liberty website. This is my first website, and I’ve been working on it for a while, trying to get it perfect. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time creating my own look for it — tweaking it and improving it, until it was finally something I enjoyed. Although there are lots of existing free WordPress themes to choose from, I wanted to use the theme I had created instead of one of the canned themes.

So I went about the task of configuring WordPress to use my already-created look. Getting it 95% the same turned out to be pretty straightforward. I recently read someone say in a forum comment though, that when you think you’re 95% done with a website, you’re really only halfway there. That pretty much turned out to be true in my case. My new WordPress theme looked almost the same as the rest of my website, but not exactly the same. I suppose I could have just started blogging with the few visual problems and fixed them later. My curse though is that I’m a perfectionist, so I just couldn’t bring myself to do that, even though I was getting frustrated and going in circles trying to fix it.

I slept on it, and had an insight about how to fix it. The next morning I was able to get it looking just like the rest of my website in a relatively short period of time. Note to self — when you’re not making much progress with something, it’s best to step away from it for a while, preferably overnight. :)

But it’s up now — and I did learn a lot about website creation. I’m sure there will be many other challenges in our preparation for the Walk For Liberty, but I look forward to them!

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2 Responses to “My First (Online) Step in the Walk For Liberty”

  1. Brad Buchanan Says:

    Congratulations on your walk!! And for stepping up. Pun intended.

    I happened upon your website, as my son’s name is Will Buchanan, but I so admire what you are doing, and the fact that you got out of the race. I’m working hard to get out as well, and I know you just have to do it, but for me, I have a great number of people who count on me, and I’m trying to exit as gracefully as possible. That said, at some point, soon, I’m just going to head out on my “walk”.

    Good luck, to both of us.

    Brad Buchanan

  2. Will Buchanan Says:

    Thanks! And I hope you too are able to get out of the rat race. As you might have read in one of my other posts, I’d rather be poor and doing something I love than well off and in a job that doesn’t matter. I hope you’ll be able to do something you love too!

    Good luck to you as well.

    - Will

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