Drinking: Tim Hortons Forever
I'm venting here because I have nowhere else to vent.
About four months ago, the Adsense ads on my Puck site started getting attacked by a malicious Adsense bot, forcing me to shut them down in a hurry lest I get banned from Adsense forever. Unfortunately, my comic host (Smackjeeves) isn't really designed to deal with such problems, and (long story short) the people at Google recommended that I switch providers if I wanted to keep running their ads.
The only option is really a Wordpress-based site, so I started one, installed Comic Easel on my site, and ... started crying.
Seriously, am I this dumb? Is making a comic site THIS hard? I can't figure out how to do anything in Wordpress/Comic Easel. I'm confused by the nested 'matryoshka doll' structure of the plug-ins and themes and everything. I can't even manage the most basic of tasks, like posting a comic and getting it to show up at its native resolution. (Easel feels the need to shrink it to match the design width.) I don't even want to consider the mind-blowing confusion of child themes. I'm never, ever going to be able to figure out this garbage.
I don't have the time needed to learn the basics, but I can't pay anyone to fix the site for me, largely because I can't make any money until I get the site up and going. Which I can't do, because I suck. I love making comics, love making Puck, but this crap? This ad/site garbage has soured so much of the experience for me, and introduced an incredible amount of stress into my life, that I feel like quitting. I feel helpless and foolish, especially because there are so many comic artists out there who seem to have no problems with their sites. They all have Adsense (which I'm too stupid to successfully protect) run on Wordpress-based sites (which I'm too foolish to actually get up and running).
And the funny part? The longer this takes me to figure out, the more money I lose. What a nightmare.