In Finding Time by Making Time, I said:

No one can live like a gerbil for too long, yet it’s easy to fall into the trap of cramming as much as possible into the limited hours of a day.

I’m definitely falling into the trap again. The theme upgrade and site reorganization was finding itself limited to a few scant minutes between other projects and weekend hours. At that rate, given the amount of older posts, it would take me several more weeks to get it done.

Unacceptable.

One, I noticed that the post archives were sometimes failing to display.  The new theme takes care of that by presenting them in a slightly different way.

Two, I just recently reminded a fellow author that fresh content let’s the search engines know that a website is alive and thriving. This means posting at least once a week (he was thinking about quitting entirely.) Posting once a week while redeveloping the site is possible, but it means creating the post twice— one each for dev and live. Easy, but time-wasting.

So to solve both problems, I decided to launch earlier than expected. I still have to go back and add featured images to the older posts, give some posts new URLs, and move Meet A Writer to Meet the Indies. Unlike when I’m trying to tweak the theme, those don’t cause any obvious errors.

Do I like doing it this way? As a web developer, no. It violates the principle of launching before completion and full testing. As a writer who needs and wants to maintain her relevance, I have no choice in the matter.