Welcome to Chateau Kaufman!

I am a perfectionist.

If you know me in real life, you are laughing at this gross understatement.

The chick from FlyLady.com understands that it is because of this perfectionism that my life is often in shambles. I have a list that is 3 miles long of things I need to do around the house. When I look at that list, I cringe. There is no way in the world I can get all of that done… I think to myself. And so I rewrite said list and then do none of it.

The same logic applies to websites. I had a website at geocities through highschool and the beginning of college. I worked my butt off on the site, and it was really freaking cute. But then life got in the way.

Earlier this year, I decided to pay for a “professional looking” site (kjkaufman.com), thinking that – of course – I would refuse to waste such hard-earned money, and that I would keep up with the site. I did, for a few months. And then it happened. No, not life. While life is stressful (never moreso than right now), my current version of it is not all that time-consuming, to be perfectly honest.

But that perfectionism thing…. just happens! I am frustrated by the current site and where it is hosted. It doesn’t do the things I want it to, and in order to find out how to do such things, I waste a heck of a lot of time. Time I SHOULD be devoting to my digital scrapping that is years behind, and that keeps getting postponed on my to-do list despite creeping deadlines to save big bucks on mypublisher.com. Well, that or cleaning my house. I find programs that I think I like, only to find that they aren’t doing exactly what I want them to. Geez, quit being so picky! I tell myself.

Alas, I will never be anything short of Type A extroidinaire. Take me, baby, or leave me.

So here I am, trying to get back to the simpler things in life. I don’t think anyone reads these things anyway, unless the writer is super creative (or unless the reader is the writer’s mom). So this will hopefully look nice and get the job done without incessantly calling me to waste so much time. Oh, and maybe without me being solely responsible for the layout, design, etc, I won’t be so annoyed by it and won’t be as hesitant to share the outcome. Seriously, what is up with that? What would possess anyone to spread the site less, the more they work on it?

Hmm…. I’ll put “answering that question” on my list of things to do. Right there at mile marker 3.2.


  1. Hey Jen!
    Just dropping by to visit you in your new home :0)

    As you rightly say – if you are a creative writer people will stop by and read – and you are – so start writing so we can all keep up with you!

    You’re in my google reader now so I won’t miss a post.

    Anyway – I completely feel for you with that long to do list – mine is just the same *lol* I have found a trick to help with those digi-scrap layouts though – sign up for a contest where you have to enter a page each week and it keeps you right on track ;0)

    I just got a time management book in the post yesterday… if it has any pearls of wisdom I’ll be sure to pass them on!