First!

I just spent the whole day putting my first proposal together for a client.

It took all of 8 hours to do it, but I’m glad that I went through the process.  It helped bring me clarity about what I do for people.  Now that I have a template in place, the next ones should be much easier.

I sent it off and called my client to let her know it’s there.  With a little luck I can get started next week!

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That will teach me…

Maybe that wasn’t such a bright idea.

What, you ask?

Launching a new business and blog a mere 10 days before leaving for a week-long vacation, that’s what.  Between other commitments and planning for my trip, I couldn’t build any momentum. Someplace in the stagnating stack of my inbox is a list of plans and things to work on.

I packed a couple of books to read on my trip, but I only managed 30 minutes of reading the whole week I was gone. I think I’m going to have to step the pace up a bit.

Now I’m home and excited to get going.  Tomorrow I’ll dig through the inbox and start prioritizing.  You can expect more frequent updates here, and maybe even a book review soon.

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Evolution of a Website 1

Page evolution - 8-Jul-2009I know, it’s easy enough to grab a pretty WordPress theme, slap it down on top of the 5-minute installation, and start adding content.  That won’t teach me what I need, and want, to know.

For now, it’s just basic HTML with little in the way of Zip, Zap, or Zing.  That will come with time.

One of the things I’ll be doing here is showing periodic  snapshots of my home-grown template as it develops along with my skills.

Pull your hand away from your mouth, I can see the sneer.  I know what you are thinking.  Why would a web developer do this?  Wouldn’t she want to show that she is capable of all the latest, flashiest, most cutting-edge stuff?

Maybe.

I’m doing this for a few reasons.

  • I’m proud of where I am.  True, I’m not Mr. CSS ( yet), but I know more than a lot of people who really need websites.  I want them to know that they don’t have to be intimidated.
  • My work here might inspire someone you to start doing something you really love.  Maybe it’s developing websites for people, maybe it’s growing your own rutabagas.  Just do it.
  • I think it will be fun to look back on this in two years and see how things progressed.

Come back soon to check on my progress.

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Option Base 1

Every blog must have a first post.  This is it.  But since I’m the admin, I will probably replace it with something more meaningful later.

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