“You know, he don’t have a straight angle in that whole god-damned porch, or the whole house for that matter. He is the worst damn carpenter.”
That is how Clyde, from the movie Unforgiven, described his boss – the town’s sheriff, who dutifully worked on building his house in his spare time. It didn’t matter to Little Bill that he needed several containers to catch the rain dribbling through his roof. He was going to finish that house by himself.
Little Bill was a bad man in the movie, but when it comes to the type of bull-headed determination that he displayed with a hammer in hand, I get him.
He never finished that house, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying. Some do-it-yourselfers possess the talent to get things done the right way. The rest of us muddle through by doing the best that we can, which often isn’t very good at all. My pitiful looking lawn is just one example of where that kind of thinking has gotten me.
“Just hire a lawn guy,” my daughter implores.
“No, I can do it myself!”
I’ve proven that I can’t, of course, but I won’t let that stop me from trying again next year.
My latest project involved moving my subscription feed and Email subscribers from Feedburner to Feedblitz. The most recent issues with Feedburner (no updates to statistics for three days) prompted me to finally make the change. With a 32-page migration manual in hand, I migrated my small, but important, list of Email subscribers, and then I set-up notifications for my RSS subscribers, who are also important, of course, to adjust their Feed Readers. Finally, I placed the Feedblitz subscription form in the sidebar.
I didn’t like the way that it looked, so hours of searching for tutorials on how to customize the form followed. I found lots of solutions for customizing the forms of other service providers, but none that helped me.
Like many bloggers, I’ve spent a lot of time over the years trying to get my blog to look just right. You sit down intending to make a small tweak and before you know it the sun is going down and you may have even made a mess of things. I’m a CSS novice, but I’m going to keep trying.
Mine is an unimportant, first-world problem, I know, but it bothers me anyway.
I’ve chosen to do things the hard way for as long as I can remember. It can be frustrating for those around me, but sometimes I do get it right. And when that happens, they get to hear me brag about it…
Are you a capable do-it-yourselfer?
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