Try, Try Again

When I wrote the last post, It’s Not You, It’s Me, it was after a series of frustrating emails – One Unfollower, One Affiliate Rejection and One Unsubscribe.  After I wrote the post, I went ahead and wrote the affiliate program explaining why they should approve me.  I have a great angle to sell their program in a way that would help them and help my readers.  I have a long-term plan for my webpage and the affiliate fits into it so perfectly.  I explained it to them, pressed send and waited.

I ended up getting an email back that I was approved.  I did a happy dance at my desk.

As much as I hated the thought of getting an additional rejection email, I hated the thought of not even trying.  I am so very glad that I did.

It’s Not Me, It’s You

It's Not Me It's You?


I cringe when I see . . .

  • Unfollow on Twitter
  • Rejection of an affiliate application
  • Unsubscribe from my newsletter

. . . then I take a deep breath and remind myself that there is a reason why.

There is a chance that it’s not me, it’s them.

Maybe they were spammers on Twitter.
Maybe they already know that their affiliate program wouldn’t have helped them or me.
Maybe they signed up for 100 newsletters for things (I have done that) and needed less in their inbox

For every one person that disappears into the Internet black hole there are at least two people that join me.  I must be doing something right, right?


The Post That Wasn’t

Fail Early Fast Fail Forward Quote

I work up yesterday excited about updating my blog with my latest accomplishments.

I spent the week working on updating one of my webpages.  I figured out how to change the color of the navigation menu, widget title, fonts and move the header widget so it looked like the actual header.   It took the whole week.  I was am so proud of myself.  It took me over a year to gain the courage to mess with the CSS.  My biggest fear was that I would do something horrible to my webpage.

Yesterday I checked on my beautiful webpage one last time before I posted about it.  I checked the mobile responsiveness of the page.  The night before somewhere between proud, tired, proud, and going to sleep something had happened.  The menu, header and EVERYTHING else was not responsive.  What happened?  I have no idea.

I went from disappointment to confusion to frustration to . . .

Failing forward.

This was an opportunity for me to learn.  I had to figure this out.  

After checking Google, trying to delete and reactivate the theme, going line by line with the code – I decided to just start over.  I copy and pasted the original Style Sheet code into my theme.

I learn a few things:

  1. I messed up my page but it could be fixed.
  2. How to open up my Style Sheet in Notepad++.
  3. I should check mobile responsiveness immediately after making changes just in case there is a problem.

I have a long way to go with learning about CSS and building webpages.  I can only get there by failing forward.  Failing forward is getting knocked down, getting back up and pushing through and overcoming obstacles.

How have you failed forward?


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Status: Hibernation

This blog has been in hibernation.

I have a ton of blog ideas and things I’m trying to figure out but none of them include this blog. I’m not deleting it or changing anything.  I’m just keeping it in hibernation.