I started MendingPockets.com last February having never created a WordPress website before. I had so many new things to learn about blogging and website design, and I couldn’t afford to hire someone to make it for me.
Now, I feel thankful that I learned the entire process myself, step-by-step.
I mentioned in my previous post that I took on a project this summer for a non-profit group. They asked readers of their newsletter if anyone would help them update their content a couple times each month (maximum).
I felt strongly that I should respond. This sounded doable from my “anywhere in the world” life at sea, and I really appreciate what they do to help others through their work. I immediately wrote back that I would like to know more about the opportunity.
I received an email reply the next day asking me to browse their site. They also sent instructions on how to log in to make changes. They wanted me to test things out. After playing a little with the tools I could then tell them if I still wanted the “job”.
In short…it was awful. The software and tools required, not the actual content of the site.
This particular web-host company used “user-friendly” drag and drop website management tools that in the end were not at all user-friendly. For example, when I create a blog post the page keeps growing longer until I finish typing. It expands to fit the content.
This other (non-WordPress) system required manual content box manipulation for any updates to the text smaller or larger than the original. If the box didn’t get updated in size the text would hang outside of it. But, if I enlarged the box it now covered the content below it on the page. Every element on the page needed adjustment if one other thing changed.
What a nightmare! Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Now I regretted saying I would consider becoming their webmaster. What appeared to be a quick monthly update to the text now would take hours of nit-picky fiddling with content boxes.
I love efficiency and I could see myself resenting the work in the future but would feel morally obligated to continue.
So, I tried to say “No thank you.”
I wrote the email about four different times, several different ways.
God would stop me each time before I could press send. That utter inability to tell them “No” seemed strange to me at the time. In the end, the only reply I could finally send read something like this:
As it stands right now I would not be the right person to manage your current website and updates. I would be willing to completely redesign your website in WordPress, for no charge, if you should agree to it. Otherwise you should consider finding someone else to work on your existing site. I’m very sorry. Sincerely, Trisha
Then I prayed:
“Lord, if you want me to work on this project I trust you to give me the skills to do this. Creating an entire new website would challenge me more than I can handle right now and I don’t know that I still want to do it.
But, if they say yes, I will agree to take this on, because I will know that You want me to”.
And they said…
Well, if you read my previous post you know that they must have said yes.
They not only said yes, they had been praying for someone who would have the know how to redesign their site and work on the updates they require with the proper tech savvy. I knew that God would help me through this if He called me to do it.
He did help me, every day I felt awe and wonder with how different pieces came together.
What a blessing, and huge challenge, I faced for a month and a half. I raced the clock to find a theme and add all the pages and content to this new site prior to sailing on my next contract September 16th.
Once at sea I wouldn’t have the needed bandwidth for site creation and large file uploading work, just maintenance type work.
I finished the day I left home, just prior to heading for the airport!
I used the knowledge I gained from MendingPockets.com: learning how WordPress works, using plugins, organizing content, working with images, etc. to create a site that this group really needed, but couldn’t afford.
The project blessed me so much and I know the content now blesses their audience also. If I had not said yes I would have missed out on working with this wonderful group of people.
Learning to Listen
Thankfully, I continue to learn to listen to the voice of the Lord when He speaks to my heart. I feel joy in watching God use me, while He equips me for each task along the way. It’s not my strength or wisdom, but His.
What does the future hold with these newly acquired skills and more? I don’t know. But, God knows and has all those pieces worked out even now.
I hope this encourages your heart today.
Until next time, xo!
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