Is It Worth All Those 3 am Wake Up Panics?

Here’s what WordPress describes when they say a theme is a system to “skin” your weblog, but so much more.

Gotta Get Back To Sleep
Luckily, the new WordPress theme, Twenty Seventeen, was announced and launched just in time to make my progress less like 3 am and more like 2 am.


Anywired’s Day Seven:  Choose a WordPress Theme.

Stealing time from here and there causes major disruptions in concentration.

First Cup at Zero Dark Thirty

The next morning or at lunch you try to pick up from where you left off.

  • What did you have in mind when you wrote that?
  • Where did you file your draft?
  • And, as any writer will tell you that’s the nature of the beast.
  • It comes with the territory.
  • However, you don’t unnecessarily over-complicate things like I do.

Only those with the same Myers Briggs tendencies – ENTP on a good day and INTP on a bad day will recognize the problems.

Oh, and in my Volume Two set of books I’ll reveal similar but different coded temperaments.

For figuring out those internal organizational cultures made up of competing tribes.

Talent Cultures.

ENTP is also known (in my original research) as PMBI which is short-hand code (actually this is the code – 101HDIHHS) for Paradoxy-Morons, Breakpoint Inventors.

The disrupters, usually found in tech companies.

Or possibly, INTP aka SPURCs, the Systematic-Professionals (113MEKHIMM) who are typecast as Unbiased Research Conceptualizers.

The people antidotes for the fake news disease, aka knowledge workers.

And running Knowledge Laboratories as a way to grow and learn through short trial and error, experiments.

See I can’t help myself.

Where was I?

Day Seven.

Right off the bat I was confused.





Pluses and Minuses, Discuss – Talk among yourselves.


And, on top of the confusion I recall AnyWired recommended showcasing your portfolio.

Shouldn’t that be in the mix as you try to choose which theme will make your life easier while giving you a solid platform to add more functions and features?

One last note.

You know when you wake up at night and you look over at the clock and it displays 2:00 am?

I feel some comfort in knowing I can get up, turn the lights back on and jot down the brilliant flash of insight or fleeting dream sequence, turn the lights back off and climb back into bed for pretty well- rested continuation of blissful sleep.

Contrast that with 3:00 am.

Gotta Get Back To Sleep
  • That, to me, presents a no-win proposition.
  • Anxiety.
  • Problem unsolved.
  • No win set up for an exhausted nights sleep and the energy depleted next day.

So my trick.

I began noting comments about where I was when I left off in a running journal under the heading of “2 am”.

It helped me pick up where I left off at zero dark thirty, or at a faux breakfast meeting before work or at an extended lunch during work.

Satan in the Inferno is trapped in the frozen central zone in the Ninth Circle of Hell, Canto XXXIV (Gustave Doré) – Wikipedia

And, where I felt the bottom had been pulled away from my floor and I fell free fall into Dante’s Inferno, as “3 am”.

The gawd awful technical issues that prolonged the progress on my goals I clearly tagged as “3am”.

And, it began with a pretty reasonable first step.


Review’s themes in its theme directory, right?


This might take time.


You can choose among 2,883.

At least, you can view by Featured, Popular or Latest and use their “Feature Filter.”

Those filters help you choose among layout, features and subject to narrow your selection choices.


Let me go back to find out just what a theme is.

Then figure out what I need and why.

Here’s what WordPress describes when they say a theme is a system to “skin” your weblog, but so much more.

“A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog.

These files are called template files.

A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software.

Themes may include customized template files, image files (*.jpg, *.gif), style sheets (*.css), custom Pages, as well as any necessary code files (*.php). For an introduction to template files, see Stepping Into Templates.”

But, even today, some of WordPress instructions are hopelessly out of date.

“WordPress currently comes with three themes: the default Twenty Fifteen theme, and previous defaults Twenty Fourteen theme and Twenty Thirteen theme.”

Now four (Twenty Seventeen theme).

“You can switch between Themes using the Appearance admin panel. Themes that you add to the theme directory will appear in the Administration Screen > Appearance > Themes as additional selections.”

Of course I didn’t know it at the time.

I felt I should record this under “2am”.

Here’s where “3 am” drained me:

“If your host offers the cPanel control panel, and the Theme files are in a .zip or .gz archive follow these instructions.

Note: This assumes the Theme you download is a compressed (.zip) file containing a folder under which all the Theme files reside.

1  Download the Theme .zip file to your local machine.

2  In cPanel File Manager, navigate to your Themes folder. If your WordPress is installed in the document root folder of your web server you would navigate to “public_html/wp-content/themes” and if you have WordPress installed in a sub-folder called wordpress, you would navigate to “public_html/wordpress/wp-content/themes”.

3  Once you’ve navigated to the Themes folder in cPanel File Manager, click on Upload file(s) and upload that .zip file you saved in Step 1.

4  Once the .zip file is uploaded, click on the name of that file in cPanel, then in the panel to the right, click on “Extract File Contents”, and that .zip file will be uncompressed.

5  Follow the instructions below for selecting the new Theme.”

As if.

Again, where was I?

Choose a theme and showcase your portfolio.

Seems simple enough.

Here’s my initial strategy.

Realizing I’m an associative thinker I needed to discipline myself.

I’d only worry about activating the first few of the websites in my network of enterprises.

Know Laboratories –

The Knowledge Path –

Knowledge ATMs –

And, then later

Knowledge Banking –

Best West Road Trips –

Western Skies and Island Currents –

I felt the last two sites clearly needed a way to show travel photos and videos and might require a theme that showcased my content as a portfolio.

From the WordPress Theme Directory I found two themes Shapely and Travelify from Colorlib.

And, for now, know that most of my notes about them filled the “3 am” categories.

But, here’s where after the first few months of floundering I found many tips and definitions that helped me make enough sense to move forward,

The Initial Theme for Knowledge ATMs

Luckily, the new WordPress theme, Twenty Seventeen, was announced and

And, launched just in time to make my progress less like 3 am and more like 2 am.


By the way, shouldn’t WordPress and “Twenty Seventeen” to their list of themes they offer?

Just saying.

Day Six: Who Should Take the First Step the Chicken or Egg?

Day Five: Repeating 1st Grade

Day Four: Packages for Producing Profits

Who Should Take the First Step the Chicken or Egg?

What I didn’t know about publishing a book could, well fill a book.

I found almost 200 articles in my knowledge bank for “” beginning in July of 2016 and ending more recently in January 2018


Day Six:  Set up WordPress under your freelance business domain.

AnyWired said:

Every freelancer should have an online portfolio, even if it’s very simple.

If you’re a designer with time to spare you can probably take control of this step.

And, then as if it is as simple as just saying it (to me):

If you want a quick solution that is quite effective, download WordPress <>  and install it under your domain name.


What does that even mean?

It wasn’t clear to me what the difference between a domain name and a website, let alone download, install and host your own.

This whole day (Day 6) felt confusing and bewildering to me.

First of all I’ve cheated – I’m not really planning on freelancing.

I’ve undertaken this hugely time-consuming project called dumping everything you know into a manuscript

What you know (or you think) is true and helpful based on the kudos from your clients.

  • I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
  • I didn’t know where to start.
  • I didn’t know how to get smart quickly.

My one hour a day devoted to practicing my writing had already expanded to four or five hours a day before work, at lunch, after work and into the early evening.

And that was purely using a template for “Pages” that made it easy to write and publish a, well, self-published ebook.


In my ignorance I felt I couldn’t answer what came first, the chicken or the egg.

So, my egg-product is a book manuscript and my chicken is a website to attract potential audiences, right?

What I didn’t know about publishing a book could, well fill a book.

You need a name, a title.

Better check the first place I could think of – Amazon.

A year ago I couldn’t find a name that came close to what I thought the book was about, when it was completed.

Not as I had conceived of it and outlined it.

“The Knowledge Path”

The only variations I came across seemed esoteric.

Mine was practical.

On to GoDaddy.

What about domain names?

I typed in variations.

As soon as I found one with a .com in it I reserved it and followed Daddy’s directions for buying it.

I had to pay two years worth.

Falling into a techno hell, I couldn’t figure what came next.

Nobody recommended GoDaddy as a host.

AnyWired, and a bunch of internet marketing types I found in my knowledge bank, recommended WordPress.

If I didn’t know how to download under my domain, then what?

Just dipping into my knowledge bank I found 80 different research articles over a five-year period beginning in June 2012 and ending in July of 2017  for “WordPress” alone.

WordPress com or org?

Then, I discovered I had a choice to make “.com” or “.org”.

Did that mean “” forced me into a non-profit “business model”?

Doesn’t it make more sense to choose “”?

Made sense to me.

But know, oh I mean NO.

“Org” provides many more choices which should have been a warning.

But, being clueless I expected smooth sailing.


Is more like it.

I nearly drowned.

I found almost 200 articles in my knowledge bank for “” beginning in July of 2016 and ending more recently in January 2018.

Top 3 Hosting

And, what don’t I know about hosting?

Which criteria should I use to make my decision?

Again my knowledge bank.

From the summer and winter of 2012 and then a more urgent jump to the winter and spring of 2017. smartened me up:

Minimum requirements, and choosing one from the crowd can be a chore. Just like flowers need the right environment to grow, WordPress works best when it’s in a rich hosting environment.

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Single Site Installation or Multisite?

Wait, what?

You need to find a host.

Well, I’ve just paid for six domains in a just-in-case protection of my potential intellectual property.

Do I really want to find six different hosts?

What are my alternatives?

Beginning in March and continuing until July 2017 I discovered 78 expert articles and YouTube videos producing eye-glassy technical overkill to a simpleton like me.

Just about the time I gave up trying to grasp multisite, domain mapping, plugins and codex the newer version of WordPress. org included it.

Sigh of relief.

My choice simplified.

Choose one of the three hosts that supported multisite at a reasonable cost.

I chose SiteGround.

I wanted to GrowBig!

Day Five: Repeating 1st Grade

Day Four: Packages for Producing Profits

Day 3.5:  Pink, Pitches and Pixar