Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Internet as a Crazymaker

If you've read Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, you know the meaning of crazymaker. That's a person that sucks up your time and energy and keeps you from doing the things you intend to do. Cameron means people, but if I invoke personification, the internet qualifies. She characterizes them as "irresistible: so much to change, so many distractions..." Bingo.

For the last week, I've been updating my website. Or at least, I thought I was improving it. Today, it has become apparent that I've taken one step forward and two backward.

Every time I changed a page, I carefully viewed it to see that it was the way I wanted it. That is, I checked with Firefox, the browser I use most of the time. Today I had a question on how to do something in HTML, so I asked Keenan for help. He opened the page on his computer, in Internet Explorer, and behold: the internet crazymaker had rearranged all my carefully designed layout into babel.

Ah, so now I've figured out the problem and I'm fixing every single page with checks in both Firefox and Explorer.

This is not how I meant to spend my Sunday afternoon. ;-(( If you happen to wander over to my website, please forgive the garble!