Words rule. And that’s why your design sucks. Have you ever stopped and thought about why design even exists? It’s to compliment words – not to destroy them. Design will never replace words. Ever.
That’s why I use the default WordPress Theme. I don’t spend any significant amount of time strategizing, designing or developing my own personal website. Do you know why?
Because it’s a waste of time.
Have you even seen the amount of “Personal Résumé CV WordPress Themes” there are on the market? For God’s sake it’s like a black market out there. It’s ridiculous. People are afraid of writing words anymore, because people have lost the art of communication.
Design will never disguise poorly-written copy.
I used to host my personal website on About.me; they were eventually bought by Aol, and we all know how that ended. They charged me $8.99 for dozens and dozens of months. It’s a complete waste of money. There’s no blog feature, or customization. It got the job done until it didn’t. There was a silver lining though.
It forced me to craft copy about myself. You can read the fruits of my labors here. And for most people including myself, that’s the hardest copy you’ll ever write in your life. Over time, after hundreds of edits, I was able to suss out all the fluff. I got rid of the pomp and titles. I simplified. I learned that I don’t like arrogance.
I also learned a lot about time, and how precious it is. We don’t have much of it – so why waste it on sifting through countless design “options,” or themes, or templates, all because they’re a huge emphasis on “UX” right now? Today it’s “UX”, tomorrow it’s HVLA. (Do you know what HVLA means? No? That’s OK. It will mean something a few years and you’ll be happy I told you.)
It took me all of an hour to set this site up. Partly because I’ve been working in WordPress now for over a decade, but partly because it’s easy as shit. It’s fool proof. Anyone can do it. I also trust Matt and the Automatticians over at WordPress.
Meanwhile, you’re over there figuring out what color to use, or how your Landing Page looks. Idiot.
By the time you even get to this Post, I’ll have already written dozens of articles, on dozens of sites; but why should you care?