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The Value of Giving Up


There is value in giving up. I’m sure of it. I mean, how many hours is it worth to get the image for your blog to fit in the blasted little square? I’m not sure, but I know  it is not the number of hours I’ve spent futzing with it.

Help_mI’ve been a financial analyst, so I know the mesmerizing quality of figures run through various scenarios. I’ve already admitted to being blog-stat-enchanted. Neither of these practices come close to the effort I will put into something that “only needs a tweak.”

There in lies the fallacy.

There is no such thing as “only needs a tweak.”

In the spirit of the original cookie to a mouse, each tweak inevitably leads to another. and another. and another. Maybe this is because I have no real idea of what I’m doing. I’m ready to admit that freely. However, as a writer, I need an online presence. I also need a way to promote my book through the site I created for that purpose. In order to do that, I either need a lot of green – so not happening – OR I need the stubborn determination and dumb luck to do it myself.

So here is  my newfound wisdom. If you take a .eps file (scalable which means it can be made to fit the space you have in mind) and you convert it into a .png file because WordPress doesn’t take .eps files, you need to have the .eps graphic at the size and resolution you desire. Why? Because once it’s a .png, it’s the size it is. Forever. And what might that size be for the image widget? Your guess is as good as mine!

I decided that posting in the forum is not giving up. It is rallying to try a different approach. I sure hope it works because if it doesn’t, it’s going to bug me every time I look at the space on this blog where I really want a little square image.

2 thoughts on “The Value of Giving Up

  1. I’m right there with you sister! I’m in the process of getting my blog up and running and it’s been painfully slow–mostly because, as you say, I don’t know what the heck I’m doing. You made me laugh, a bit too crazily I might add, since I am in the thick of it with image sizing right now. But it was just what I needed–thanks!

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