It makes me feel depressed to give up, but I’m shelving my ~halloween website idea~ that I’m unable to finish before, well, Halloween.
So, the context
Back at the end of September, I started thinking about doing a fun spooky homepage on my site, because I enjoy fun spooky things and a homepage project seemed doable for the month. I cycled through various ideas, sketched a lot of things out, drew some other things, prototyped two ideas, and have hit October 30th.
My initial ideas were very ambitious, and I gradually pared down the scope and changed direction as the days went on and I realized I was running out of time. Today, I sat down to bang it out and realized that I’m no longer interested because it’s so watered down from my initial vision. I don’t find it interesting anymore.
It sucks to accept that this whole effort went nowhere, and it sucks more when I’ve publicly Posted About It. But, alas, I’m giving up on it.
Is there a point if I don’t enjoy it
It wasn’t sparking joy to keep building a watered-down idea, and it’s important to me that I enjoy working on my website. And trudging along with this wasn’t, and I thought about whether I’d be satisfied if I did finish this project at all—and, well, no, I wouldn’t be.
If the process sucks, and the end result would suck, and I would still feel disappointed in it all, then I think I should just let it go.
But it’s not a wasted effort
It went nowhere, but I don’t want to say all this time I spent was wasted. It feels that way, but I think I will eventually return to these ideas in some form or another.
Some time ago, I read the blog post Your Work is Starstuff by Joel Califa, about work that ‘fails’ but is still meaningful in the grander scheme of things. A project that fails to launch, but the building blocks get used in a later project that far exceeds the original. And so on.
The context is a quite different—he’s writing about work work and building upon the work of your teammates—but it was helpful to think about even in personal projects. I’ll come back to these ideas, and use them somewhere else, someplace else, eventually.
Anyway, here’s one thing I wanted to do
I wanted to implement dark mode on my site, because that’s what the cool kids are doing, but also play with content that changes. It’s spooky szn, after all. If you turn out the lights, what happens?
(You get ghosts.)
Well, I didn’t have time to put dark mode ghosts on my site. But who knows, maybe I will sometime in the future, during non-spooky season. Ghosts can hang around all year, as a treat.
Here are some archival screenshots:
RIP, into the graveyard of ideas you go.