The Unbearable Plague of Ideas, Part 2

Well, I did it.  This is what’s wrong with being me.  Something hits me as possible while I’m brushing my teeth in the morning, and I can’t go to bed that night before I’ve made it happen no matter how many other things I have to do.  Thus, I now have a new website:  Trailing Eudora.

I’ve only gone as far as to install WordPress and install a theme tonight, and that took me a couple of hours.  This isn’t any WordPress.com site.  I had to register the domain, set up the database, configure the dns entries so that the url would know what to point to, install the self-hosted version of WordPress, find a theme, download it, upload it, and tweak it a little to get rid of the logo image that was for the theme designer rather than for my site.

I tell you this not to impress you with tech-speak that makes it sound like I know what I’m doing.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve installed WordPress now.  It’s only scary the first five times.  Actually, it’s never scary.  I used an installer program.  But that’s beside the point.  All of this is just to illustrate the level of obsession I’ve applied to my Idea of the Day.  I was watching figure skating while I set this up too, but I didn’t stop until I had a site in place.

I have, however, calmed down some from the original plan.  I now see this as my own site that I will develop slowly over time.  I’m not going to give myself a deadline.  I’ll add a little here and a little there.  This is the digital age version of writing a book.  I’m just going to let people watch me write it if they want.

I also have revised my estimate of how much it will cost to do this.  I’ve spent $10 so far.  That was for the domain registration.  I installed it on an account I already had.  I don’t know why I thought I needed to pay for a new account this morning, but that’s the beauty of having a busy day stand between you and an obsession.  There’s room for reason to sink in. This particular episode of reason saved me about $100 a year.

I was also thinking I wanted to buy a video camera this morning so that I could record interviews of Eudora memories.  That was just because I saw a Sony Bloggie in the store yesterday and wanted it, but at some point during the day I remembered that I already own a Flip Cam. And oh yeah, my Canon Rebel shoots video as does my Sony Cybershot.  So what?  I don’t see how I could go wrong with a Bloggie.

Likewise, I already have access to a voice recorder because the Arts Commission bought some for a project we did at school last year.  But there are these great little Zoom recorders I’ve been anxious to test…

Nonetheless, the only thing I really need to spend is gas for my photo excursions and lenses for my camera.  Okay, the lenses I don’t have to buy to do this project.  Distinguishing between wants and needs is not really part of the creative process, though.  I’m not striking lenses off the list.

If I have any sense whatsoever, it will be summer before much content appears on this site, but check back in a day or two.  You never know.