All Work An No Play

I have been working for for about 3 days strait on a new theme. I decided to do it completely from scratch, designed it in Photoshop and coded it in html then coded it into a WordPress theme. It’s a large project for me and is keeping me busy. When I am done though I am sure it will be worth it.

I have run into so many small problems along the way, but nothing huge or major. Just annoyances that it takes a while to figure out. I’ve always used pre-made themes and then would change them to my liking. I would sometimes even design something, find a theme similar and then re-do it. Leaving credit in tact of course. This time however I decided to start from scratch and see what I could do.

I’m learning a lot and enjoying it. I’m sure my first few themes are going to be fairly simple and I’m sure there will be mistakes. I’m bored though. So it really gives me something to do while I wait to see if I can go back to work on Tuesday. Part of me wants to get back to work but part of me is scared of it happening again. I can’t afford any more sick days, at least on a Leave of Absence I can take my time and get it all figured out. I got to the doctors on Monday to find out if I can go back to work or not. I am anxious about that. I still don’t feel 100% and would like a definitive answer on what is going on. But I am not sure I will ever fully get one.

I’m thinking though on the side that making WordPress themes would be fun to get into and start selling them. There are tons out there but if your good enough at site design you can make some money off of it.

I really need to figure out a good way to make some extra money and try and get ahead. Being off work has really put a strain on us financially. But I guess it was needed.

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  1. Ooh I really like this layout it is simple and cute. Making and selling WordPress themes sounds like a really good idea, you should give it a try

    1. Thanks, I was really happy with it and I think I am gonna give it a try.

  2. Erica says: Reply

    Hey your theme is amazing, great work! I never learned how to make a WP theme but I have spent a lot of time learning how to edit them slightly enough to make them more my personality. The most work I’ve ever managed to do was take a bare bones 2012 and turn it into my own site theme, which I may use again someday if I ever get bored with Grido. (I don’t know if that is possible, I love the Grido theme I am using now!)

    As far as themes go, you could always make a few basic premades and offer them for free (have to start getting noticed some how), and then once you are happy with your work you can make “premium” themes that people can pay to use. And eventually you can start doing commission orders, which is where the money will be at!

    In other news, I hope you get your health figured out soon. I’m just glad you don’t have to worry about the medical costs associated with living in the United States and that you won’t be tens of thousands of dollars in debt for just trying to be healthy.

    1. Hey, thanks I really appreciate the feedback. I’ve always done the same as you. I would look at free templates for inspiration and find a design close to what I am imagining and the basically redesign to my liking. It’s great for getting to know the ins and outs of WordPress templates and theming but I had never taken a crack at doing something from the beginning.

      I was thinking of doing exactly that. As I get better work towards selling them. I may even do it so I have premades that if someone wanted to have me customize them then I would charge.

      I am kinda glad that I’m not in the US too with the health care costs. But contrary to popular belief not all medical stuff here is covered. We still pay 100% on prescriptions unless we have insurance through work or something. We also have to pay for anything MSI (or the appropriate provincial equivalent) deems “not coverable” which is quite a bit and getting larger and larger every year. For instance someone with cancer, lupus, neurolgical disorders etc here still has to pay a huge majority of their meds as the government says they are not coverable and not “needed”. We definetly have it better then our American neighbours, no argument there but on a scale with like European countries, Japan, and other 1st world countries we are not much ahead of the US.

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