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My First Blog Post!

How many ways are there?

Quiz Time.

Quick, in the diagram to the right, if you’re standing at the X and there are buildings or other obstacles as represented by the green boxes, how many different directions are there?

If you said four (forward / back / left / right) — you left one out. And I’m not talking about up, cause I don’t think you are Spiderman, Superman, Neo, or any other superhero. I know I’m not. If you don’t know the direction, hang on, it will become apparent.

Why is this relevant?

This is my very first entry on my own blog. I’ve been commenting and posting on Facebook and on my company Facebook page but taking the step to get the web site created was just not happening. Those of you who know me well might be surprised by this, I’m normally one of the most “see an obstacle, work through it / around it / over it / under it / blow it up” kind of people around. But not in this case. I’ve been going back and forth about how to do the blog, how should I set it up, what should it look like, etc, etc, etc ad-infinitum. Basically I was in paralysis by analysis.

Confession time.

(If you’re getting bored, skip down to the The Answer.)

I work in Information Technology (I.T.) for my first career. I am an old, gray-haired, long toothed veteran of computers. I cut those long teeth in the days of mainframes and minicomputers. Heck, I was being paid really good money to take care of computers before PCs were even invented! I’ve used web sites since the beginning of the web. However, I have not been a web site designer or someone who has done a lot about building web sites. So here I was, taking some good steps on my Coaching career, and I did NOT have a web site. Not even a landing page. Yes, I probably should have paid someone to do it for me, but then you’ve got to come up with the money, and I’m basically bootstrapping this Coaching business, and didn’t have a lot of money to spare. My thought was, I’ve got more time than money right now, I’ll learn it and that way I can maintain it. And there was a sense of “well, you work in IT, you’ve got to have a really, really, good web site.”

History

A bit of history on how I arrived at this place. I had a web site for CoachDale.com back in 2008. It’s still online. I did it in iWeb on the Mac, got an account at GoDaddy, uploaded the files and presto, I was on-line. I had a total of zero customers and one email sent to me from the site – and the email was from a family member! As I got into this whole Coaching experience, and especially as I was dealing with the Christian Coaching aspect, I was convicted that I should not be sending my money to GoDaddy because of their advertising and the message it conveys about women. I talked to a friend for advice, and moved to SiteGround in mid-2011 and have been very happy with their service and features.

I also started a new company in 2011 – Life Song Christian Coaching. I got the site reserved, set up at SiteGround, got email working, and … well, that was about it.

You see, the other part of the advice was to go with Joomla for the site, so I did. That turned out to not be a good decision for me. I see lots of glowing comments about Joomla, and I’m certainly not knocking it. Ten years ago I would have jumped in and figured it out and made it work. At my current stage of life, and with my busy schedule, I’ve been putting that off for over a year. (I guess I didn’t have the time or the money…)

The Answer:

As Will Rogers said, “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Figured out the fifth direction? Yep, no direction at all. Just sit there. Spin, worry, stress, wait for the opinion polls, analyze the issue to death – by the way, is that the issue‘s death, or your death? Just wondering…

Last night I decided to do something. I found that SiteGround hosts WordPress as well as it does Joomla. Now, WordPress is no picnic, but I have dealt with it before, as I installed WordPress locally and played around with it, and I did a blogspot blog back in 2010 for our church’s travel to Greece and Turkey. The WordPress concepts just seemed to sink into my mind easier. I’ve also read a lot of authors commenting on WordPress and how it’s great for blogging. The final key was when last night I started looking at adding a blog into Joomla, and found a blog plug-in called WordPress for Joomla. I thought, well maybe this will let me have the best of both worlds. I started looking into it and it’s $69 per year! Waitaminute! Joomla is open source, WordPress is open source, I don’t have to pay for either one, but you want me to pay to combine the two? Something is wrong with this picture!

Progress, finally.

Decision time. I ended up removing the old Joomla site – which was nothing more than a template anyway. I installed the latest WordPress. This went well. I started looking for a good theme for my site. Trouble! There are so many, and I’m so particular, and nothing seemed to work quite like I expected it, so this took a lot longer than I expected. But for the moment, I have decided on a theme called Suffusion, which seems to have enough options that I can get it to do pretty close to what I want. And here it is, less than 24 hours later, and I have a web site with a welcome page and one blog entry. Good enough for a start.

There is certainly a long journey ahead for this web site, but I have a base now. I’m not ready to announce this site as public, by any means. It’s a step, and that’s progress, and that’s what I tell my coaching clients – start with where you are and do something that will tell you if you’re moving in the right direction or not. Staying where you are is easy, but it will get you run over.

About Coach Dale

"Coach" Dale Young specializes in Executive, Leadership, and Teamwork coaching and has a passion for helping people figure out their purpose and passion -- and then how to pursue that. Dale holds a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) credential from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI) and is actively pursuing accreditation with the International Coach Federation (ICF). See the About page for more information.

2 Replies

  1. Jory Fisher

    Good to see you up and running, Dale! You have so many gifts to share with the world. I look forward to watching this creation unfold. Blessings on your, your work, and all those whose lives you touch.

    Warmly,

    Jory

  2. I love your sense of humor and wit throughout this story. You had me at the quiz and kept my interest until the very end. Good job.

    I only wish there was more than one post to read.

    Keep up the good work.

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