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?


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.


About TJ
The Geek Who Speaks People, TJ has a both passion and a penchant for clarifying complex subjects.


5 Responses to “Evolution of a Website 1”
  1. MomZombie says:

    Am I your first official commenter?
    I have a nice picture of the blogger meet-up last week that I would like to send you, by the way.
    I will follow your progress on this site with interest. Maybe learn a thing or twenty. A million years ago I designed news pages using QuarkXpress and some older versions of Adobe Photoshop. Based on that, I tried to teach myself HTML and CSS. Fail!

  2. TJ says:

    Yes, MomZombie, you are the first.

    You tried developing websites a million years ago? I’m blaming your failure on hardware limitations: they could only fit one transistor on a large chip of flint.

    Oh, I guess I need to add an avatar.

  3. MomZombie says:

    LOL. To clarify: I designed newspaper pages. Yes, around the same time fire was discovered. I generally take a dust broom to any Web site I see around the place. The only ones I allow to develop are outdoors. Anxiously await the avatar.

  4. Cris says:

    I love the way you write and the steps you’re taking. Watching you enjoy from this side of the ocean! 🙂

  5. Becky says:

    I found you from Diapers and Dragons.

    I had to comment because what you are trying to accomplish is what I teach! My school is now in week 2. By week 5-6, my students will be coding [kind of] fancy schmancy static web pages and utilizing CSS to create web sites.

    Care to know about weeks 6-16? 😉

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