Monday, October 24, 2011

Websites I've Mothered

The process of creating a website is well documented. How to videos, book, seminars, webinars and the like are out there in great number. I have had the great pleasure of working on several websites over the years. This process has always been a team effort. However, I have this mothering instinct and consider the sites, "my babies." After all, having a role in bringing something from nothing is quite a process. A process that bonds.

Working on the continued face of a site is enjoyable to me. I love adding content, searching out ways for improvement, and keeping it relevant to the users. Time constraints, finances, efforts of team members can be barriers to site success. This frustrates me. I can strive for greater control of the site. I can deliver new and exciting content. I can give it my all, but it still smacks against the barrier.

Sadder yet is the permanent separation from a site. I've discovered that the active, and interactive, aspects of my stamp on the site were so in the moment. As time passes I see that stamp is less, the site is less. It is hard to claim as my baby anymore. My insides own and love it, but my head says let it go. In this, I have a new-found appreciation for the thick skin I noticed among web developers. Wish there was a pill for it.