But they sure had more than one person to help build it.
I did some super serious math; the time it would take one person to build the entire city of Rome at its peak population would be approximately a kajillion years. Seriously – one person tasked with creating the entire infrastructure and bits and pieces of Rome would go absolutely insane. They’d throw up their hands and quit. Stomp off in their leather sandals screaming something about the exceedingly high expectations of their boss and just where they can shove their amphora. The building materials and partially finished city would just sit there forever as a parade of people walked past going “yeah, I’m not gonna be the sucker who tries to take that on.”
When I decided to re-launch my blog, I had four hundred ideas and a lot of enthusiasm. Two weeks later, upon purchasing server space and a domain, I had at least six feasible ideas and a moderate amount of enthusiasm. The enthusiasm was mostly caffeine. A week and a half after that, packing up my apartment in preparation for moving to my new space, I had four ideas that I was fairly sure I could do and no enthusiasm. I knew I should do it, since I had already bought the digital space. I put it in the nebulous ‘I’ll get to it someday pile.’
Fast-forwarding three weeks to the present, I had an epiphany and a turkey burger. Mostly because the turkey burger was sitting in my fridge, and Diet Coke can’t be the only thing in ones diet.
I look at all my favorite design blogs and websites with their well-defined structure and layout and I’m trying to create the same multifaceted site with my limited spare time, resources, and knowledge, and expecting perfection. These sites may have a figurehead, but they were built with a team and with time. I, for as much as I’ll deny it, am a single person with limited free time.
Take By Dawn Nicole. Her work is pretty baller stuff. If you throw the URL in the Wayback Machine to a few months after launch, then you’ll see its foundations. It was just her – albeit with a pretty cool site – in her spare time.
I decided I was being stupid. A turkey burger needs Frank’s Red Hot. That, and I can’t wait around for that indefinite ‘it’s finished and perfect!’ date to revive and release a blog. That date will never come; I will have stomped off screaming. The ideas that have bounced around in my head can be fleshed out in time and with help. A two-page site with blog posts is a good place to start.