If by genius I mean, "one who foolishly tries to update a website without verified backup and than manages to piece the damn thing together again". The fact that this thing looks almost exactly like it used to took some database tango on a truly impressive scale. Some of the posts are out of order, some comments were lost, and there are some broken images on old posts that I haven't been able to fix yet. In memorial of all those broken images, above is one of my favorites. It makes me lol.
This has definitely been a learning experience for me, so I'm kind of not upset that I frakked everything up in the first place. I feel like I know a bit more about how Drupal works, and now I'm installing updates manually instead of using the autoinstaller my cPanel has. Drupal is really more complicated than I really need for a personal blog, but I wanted to learn it.
That brings something to mind, the awesomeness of self-teaching. It may be because I was homeschooled and had to teach myself a lot of things, but I really think its one of the best ways to learn. Of course, there's always the chance you'll teach yourself something the wrong way, but when it comes to computer stuff if you do it wrong it just won't work. And then you learn how do to things better. Learning by play is basically the best thing ever. It can be a bit overwhelming at first to be tossed into an environment with no handbook or direction, but its definitely worth it. I remember being nearly in tears once trying to learn a PHP framework for the first time, but once I got into it the feeling of growing understanding was something I wouldn't trade for anything.
I would encourage everyone to take something they've been meaning to learn and just try to learn it. Its hard for us folks with regular jobs, as our free time is limited. But spending at least some of your free time learning something new probably prevents all kinds of brain problems down the line.**
Learning new things can also help with depression, I've found. The feeling of new discovery is a great high. It doesn't even have to be something super complicated. Its important to keep up a sense of wonder, especially if you're suffering from depression. It can be hard, because there's something in your brain determined to suck the color and wonder out of everything in the world. But if I try to learn a new thing every day, I believe that can help stave it off.
Its in human nature to be curious. Our natural instinct is to break something down to its simplest components in order to understand it. That applies to science, philosophy, gaming and countless other things. To understand the way something works is a draw few can escape, nor should we try to.
Maybe that's why I hardly ever buy strategy guides for games, because I want to learn the system with a fresh mind. Just jump into it and see what happens. That can be a little frustrating when you have a game as complicated as Starcraft, but let me tell you learning that system (with some help from VODs, of course) has been a truly rewarding experience.
That's not to say you should do everything yourself as you learn and never ask for help. Yes, in Starcraft I learned from VODs, and there's nothing wrong with that. I learned a lot by playing the game myself as well. Never asking for help is going to get frustrating fast. Google the problem, ask someone who knows for a hint. You don't want them to do the thing for you, you want them to point you in the right direction so you can do it yourself. So let it not be said that I'm going back on my earlier post on how asking for help is awesome.
**The writer would like to reiterate that she is not a doctor, just a crazy lady with a blog.