Saturday, February 13, 2016

An Open Letter to My Website Hacker: 5 Reasons You Failed

Dear Hacker,

As you may know via following me on Twitter and having spent an impressive 13 hours in my
website, I always strive to inspire others. I also love to write. Thanks in advance for letting me use my mess as my message. It wouldn't be the first time, and certainly won't be the last.

Here are five reasons why intentionally crashing my website was a #fail:

1. I know who you are. Sadly, I wasn't technologically advanced enough to navigate the backend of the (horrific, IMHO) MODx platform. However, I am tech savvy enough to know how to use the attached analytics tools to discover your identity. Since you’re a website developer, my guess is that you were hoping I’d go running to you like a damsel in distress after the first round of errors. Consider this formal notice that I have declined both your web development proposal and the secondary invitation delivered by your Peruvian friend.

2. Everything that happens is a lesson or a blessing. This was both. (Cool!) There was a time when something like this would have really sent me off the deep end. What I’ve learned through experiences much tougher than this, is that I gain something valuable from every situation and person I encounter. It’s a truth I’ve learned to trust. In this case, there’s a pretty long list of things I could and should have done differently. It was within my power to either prevent your attack or get my website back up. These are lessons I needed to learn, and will help my clients as well. You made me smarter. This is just one of many blessings. Thank you.

3. You made my decision so much easier. You may or may not be aware that I’ve been struggling with this website (R.I.P.) since I had it created almost four years ago. I’ve stuck with it because everyone, including you, told me that MODx is da bomb. I’m sure it’s awesome... just not for me. It reminds me of my first marriage. I knew on my wedding day that something didn’t feel right. Still, I was already so invested in him and the process, that I couldn’t turn back. He wasn’t a bad guy; just not for me. Ironically, that marriage and this website lasted the same amount of time. It is a relief to be free of both relationships, despite the loss of time, money, and other bits. Second time seems to be the charm!

4. Creating and growing stuff is what I do. It should be obvious by my background and my current work that I thrive on challenges like this. I’m a content and business gardener. Give me a seed and I will help it grow beyond expectations. Related to the list of blessings mentioned in #2, I’m excited to build a new website. It will better represent my business as it is today, on a platform that better serves my needs.

5. It’s just a website. Don’t let my love of online marketing and content strategy fool you. Sure, having a great website is fun and important for any credible business. Still, it’s the relationships we build outside the digital domain that count most. Despite the many hours and dollars I had invested in my website, my greatest priority is building real-life connections with the people whom I serve. A few days or weeks without a website isn’t the end of the world. It’s an opportunity.

In parting, here is an apt inspirational quote: “I saw that.” -Karma

Sincerely,

Charlene DeCesare
Charlene Ignites, LLC

PS: To everyone else -- please go check out my NEW website!


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