Making sure my featured image looked right took as long as writing my post did yesterday.
I edited, resized, tested, deleted, then did it all again. All because of the magazine style of the template I had been using for this blog. It was not the first time that had happened and I was certain it was not going to be the last. I know the value of having a good image attached to a post when sharing out to social media, but when that gets in the way, something is wrong. So, yesterday afternoon I opted to change the design of this site to focus more on words and less on images. If you noticed the change before reading this, you’re either a stalker or your first name is Chase. Or both.
Since I already have a photo blog, the worry over featured images and how they were displaying on the front page of the site was silly, in retrospect. Now that I’ve made the change, I realize this is one of the reasons why I had never committed myself to writing each day in the past. The time required to get a post out the door was increased by my misguided focus on something that was adding very little value. It was just another excuse on a long list of excuses.
“Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work,” Og Mandino famously exhorted. “You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. Leave time, leave space, to grow.”
It’s time to do some spring cleaning.
This morning I’m going to take a little time to look at what else falls into the category of “featured images” in my life. I’m certain there are other actions I take on a daily basis that are being driven by a design that I can and should change. Identifying the meaningless clutter, the busy work, may be easier than clearing it out. But it has to be done. I’m tired of tripping over it.