It's the end of the first week in December and I successfully launched this website, where all my ideas will live. It's the first website I've built and launched with Webflow. I was proud of myself and feeling motivated!
Then the voices of doubt started creeping in...
"Why are you doing this. This is dumb."
"You'll never follow through with this."
"You've got too much on your plate. Just stop before you embarrass yourself."
I keep reminding myself I'm doing this to learn. The urge to stop is strong, but that's the old way. I've committed to myself to the new way. I keep going.
I was driving to work in my 2000 Acura Integra when all the sudden things got really loud. The exhaust pipe broke right before the muffler. Okay no problem. I'll hang it back up and put some metal putty on it.
A week later it got loud again. I cut up a soup can to reinforce the rusted exhaust pipe and put more putty on it.
Another week later I added an exhaust wrap and an entire tube of putty. It wasn't pretty or perfect but it was working.
I was on my way home and heard a big "clunk". I pulled over and looked underneath. My exhaust had now rusted off at a different spot and the whole thing was dragging.
Why am I telling you this? Because it's exactly how I felt working with Wordpress.
I come from a graphic design background with minimal coding knowledge. I had been using Wordpress for a while, but to be honest I hated every minute of it. The plugins were like patches on my muffler and it was getting ugly.
When I was looking for a job a couple years ago, I contacted all the coolest design agencies in my city. I wanted to connect with the design community and get a pulse on what the latest trends were. One boutique web design agency agreed to meet up with me.
We chatted about the company and their workflow. He told me they used Webflow to build all their websites. Webflow is a no-code tool that allows you to build powerful websites without knowing how to code. I was intrigued.
If these guys base their entire business around Webflow, I knew it was something worth looking into. Fast forward to now, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to start learning.
I normally prefer to wireframe my web designs in Adobe XD first. There was no time for that. Maybe it's better that way, at least for now.
I finished the website you're on now in a week. That was record time.
I thought about keeping this month simple and having my first project be this website. I knew I could do better than that. I wanted to push my limits.
One of my goals this year is to redesign my music and portfolio websites. So I've decided to make December a Webflow redesign bonanza.
I'm not sure if they qualify as startups, but I'm going with it. It needs to get done.
It's the end of the second week of January and I spent a lot of time learning Webflow. Luckily, they have great resources and a forum to help out. Between Webflow University, their forum and YouTube videos, I was learning quickly.
My original goal was to redesign both my music and portfolio website by the end of the month. I was running behind so I focused on the more important of the two - my music website.
I knew I wanted the website to reflect the release of my latest EP "Sinner". I wanted to tell a story and give my website some interactivity. Go big or go home right?
It’s the end of the third week and my brain hurt. I went big on the interactivity part of the website. I was paying for it.
In the end I solved a lot of my own problems, which boosted my confidence.
I wanted to add in a way to monetize the website. After all, what's a startup if you can't make money. Webflow has an e-commerce option but from what I’ve read, it's not quite up to par with other ecommerce sites.
I decide to sign up for Shopify. I didn't have the time or money to order a ton of new merch so I opted for a print-on-demand model.
I knew learning Shopify would also help with future projects as well. One more week left. It was crunch time!
Halfway through the week I realized my site was turning into a broken mess. When I switched from desktop to mobile it was unusable. Ugh. Now what?
I did the only thing there was to do. I put my head down and got to work.
Through a lot of trial and error, I managed to clean up the site and make it more mobile-friendly. Things were starting to come together, but I still had a lot to do in a matter of only a few days.
I set up a Shopify account and connected some print-on-demand apps. I slapped my design on some swag and linked the store to my website. The last thing I wanted to do was order and manage a bunch of merchandise that may or may not sell. I kept it simple for now just to get something out there.
I tied up all the loose ends like making sure my sign-up form and links were working. I was extremely proud of myself for building a somewhat complicated website for a Webflow newbie. There was still a few things I wanted to polish up before advertising. I caught myself falling into that perfectionism trap. I gave myself an extra week to make final changes.
I finalized the website and sent out an email blast to all my fans. I was getting great feedback so far and I felt really proud of the work I had accomplished. I could check that off my list of goals. On to the next!