“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
They call it the White Screen of Death.
The name is a little more frightening than the actual experience, but when I opened my website to write a new blog post a few months ago, an empty white screen is exactly what I found staring back at me. Everything had disappeared.
I quickly submitted a repair ticket to a support company I contact whenever there is a glitch beyond my extremely limited technical knowledge. It turned out that an update I had made was responsible for crashing my site. Once I returned to the original setting, everything was smoothly humming along again.
But to my greater dismay, the older setting was only a symptom of the problem. The lovely theme I’ve been using for the past five-and-a-half years had become woefully out of date, unable to handle the demands of continued updates from WordPress, the platform that runs my site. And as if that wasn’t enough to force me beyond the limits of my comfort zone, I also discovered that the theme’s developer had removed it from the company’s website. It was no longer available, a dinosaur among the ruins in a technological world that moves at lightning speed.
Change was whispering in the wind. I could either dig in my heels and ignore it, or I could embrace it. Five-and-a-half years, it kept telling me. I knew it was time to move on.
I set to work reimagining The Modern Postcard, spending hours perusing an overwhelming selection of theme options, marveling at the abundance of star-spangled possibilities and fancy features. But in my heart, I knew what I really wanted was the same feel and elegant simplicity that the original look offered. An update rather than a remodel. And just as in life itself, when you know what you’re looking for, it’s much easier to find.
Armed with my new theme – and my new outlook – I contacted web designer Ryan McLaughlin, who waved his magic wand and made my vision come to life. The changes are subtle, but better reflect how The Modern Postcard has evolved – a few new photos, an updated Blog page sidebar, an expanded About page. Most exciting to me is the new blog post layout that allows more space for broader columns and larger photos, a format I have long admired.
I hope you enjoy The Modern Postcard’s new look. I think you’ll find it easy to navigate, with menu links visible at the top of the page. The latest blog posts are still featured on the Home page, with links to each piece as well as a link to the entire Blog page. The Destinations and Travel Resources pages are similar as well and will continue to be expanded as I write new posts and discover new resources to share.
The winds of change can sometimes make a haunting sound, especially when we are perfectly fine with the way things are. They swirl in and out of our daily routines, challenging us to examine whatever issue is at hand. I’ve learned that if we ignore their voice, they will surely return, maybe even a little louder than before.
For me, it was a sound I needed to hear. It was time to reevaluate the past and catch up with the future. And I imagine that at some far-off moment when I least expect it, those winds of change will begin to whisper once again.