Thursday, June 3, 2010

Scared of Falling (Flat on My Face and Losing Some Teeth--I Really Hate Getting Dental Work Done)

So, it can be kind of scary to go out on a limb when you're not sure how high the tree is and you don't know how thick the limb is. It's even scarier when you can't see a clear path to follow out onto the limb and you have to inch your way forward, overwhelmed with uncertainty about whether you're going to get completely stuck before you even make it through the clearing.

That's what the past couple days have been like for me as I've worked feverishly to design an e-course called Purposeful Conception.

The content is not the scary part. I've been preparing for conception for almost a year, and I have lots to share (in a consolidated, user-friendly, inspirational format!). The hard part has been getting the technology piece to work out.

You see, I know very little about graphic design. I don't even own a real graphic design program (I use a free one I downloaded off the internet). I can barely get it to do what I need it to do (and plus I don't even know what I don't know when it comes to graphic design).

And then there's the coding part. Wwwwhhhhaaaaa!

When I was in college, I read a tome about teaching yourself HTML in 14 days. But A LOT has changed since they published that book back in 1996.

Of course I could fork over hundreds of bucks to have someone else do the technical heavy lifting for me, but Matt and I don't have hundreds of bucks to invest in something that might not lift off the ground.

You get my point. I won't wade around in my whining any longer.

In fact, the only reason I'm enumerating all these complaints is because I've made it out onto the limb, and so far I haven't fallen to the ground.

See? If I can do it, you can, too!

What's scaring you in your life right now? As Kelly Rae asked in her Taking Flight ecourse, "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?"

Creating this e-course is scaring me big time. But I'm doing it. Step by step. Line of code by line of code.

Stay tuned for an official announcement later today! I'm close to reaching a breakthrough!

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Michele said...

Good go to quote right now:
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. -Samuel Beckett

Elizabeth said...

Your course looks like it will be fabulous! And (hopefully!) not fail in the slightest!

Right now, I'm terrified of the bar exam at the end of July. And terrified of not concentrating hard enough this summer at my studying and failing the bar, and wasting over $3500 on course and exam fees and being even more unhireable in the fall.

Ms Bear Cub said...

I hope your venture turns out to be successful!
I think I read the same HTML book in the 90s. It's insane how much editing webpages has changed. I've been editing my new blog ( - wordpress, not blogger) with the help of FIREBUG. You should look into using that to help you visualize the editing, etc. It shows you exactly where in the code you need to make the change (and updates the webpage with the new change so you can tell what it will look like - unfortunately it doesn't save, tho).
It's at
good luck!

Ms. Loaf said...

Oh jeez, it's so true, the technical part of the e-course is the hardest. I had to put mine on hold while I get my health under control, but this sounds like such a wonderful course! What a great idea!

Noël said...

So glad to be taking Kelly Rae's course, too. Good Luck with your ecourse! I know it is so difficult to put yourself out there, but it is so, so worth it!

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