I began the task of organising my posts into a recipe index over a month ago. Easy peasy. Or so I thought. After all there were less than one hundred recipes to sort through. All I had to do was organise those recipes by category. Create a new page for each category. Link each recipe to an image and each image to its original post. My aim? A recipe index that is easy to navigate and visually appealing. Suffice to say the best laid plans of mice and (wo)men. Often go awry.
Wind the clock back to late September 2012. On a whim I decide I to start a blog, unphased by the fact that I have had no prior exposure to blogs at all. My first port of call? My teenage son. Naturally. It’s not that I’m a luddite. I’ve been using computers for decades. I cant live without my i-technology. The problem is my brain just can’t seem to navigate the technical aspects of WordPress. After much pleading, and a little bargaining, my incredulous son set up my account for me. Much mirth followed when he and his sisters realised it took me three more days to figure out how to publish my first post. But that’s ancient history now.
Five months on. I’m on a roll. WordPress is my friend. I’m cooking, photographing, writing and publishing recipe posts. I’ve discovered a vibrant on-line community, and even managed to redesign my blog a little. I’m feeling pretty confident about my new found skills. They say pride comes before a fall. How true. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to organise and link my recipes, blog posts and images into anything but a bland and uninspiring screed.
And then it hits me. It’s all about left brain logic versus right brain creativity, Writing posts requires lateral thinking, right brain flair. Navigating the at times labyrinthine Wordpress technospeak is most definitely a left brain exercise. Requiring attention to detail and analytical logic. Research shows that most people prefer one style of thinking over another. Given my mounting frustration with my recipe index project I surmise I probably favour the right side of my brain. So to satisfy my curiosity, and procrastinate even further, I complete one of those fun internet pop quizzes – Are You Right Or Left Brained? The results are in.
You Are 35% Left Brained, 65% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you’re left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you’re right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.
Perhaps that funny little pop quiz was just the impetus I needed to sit down and figure out the vagaries of WordPress and its image galleries once and for all. I revisited my Recipe Index pages and cleaned them up. With a lot of trial and error, and a more disciplined approach I have managed to figure out how to use the gallery features effectively. I’ve set up an image carousel that links images of the recipes back to their original posts. And there is also a separate alphabetic listing of posts for each page. Navigating Wordpress is now proving to be a little less of a left brain nightmare for my right brain creativity. While the task is still far from complete there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I hope you find my recipe index pages useful and easy to use.