I guess it’s easier if you start out as a geek, taking machines and radios apart just to see if you can put them back together again (usually the answer was yes, but not always). Eventually, the devices in question became cars, airplanes, computers, and motor scooters. I still do the computers and motor scooters. Cars and airplanes I (mostly) leave to the professionals.
My first experiences with a computer was as a technical writer. I wrote computer manuals for what we would today call servers, although then they were just called computers. I worked at several small computer companies, eventually landing at Data General. DG was a Digital competitor, not as big, not as good, but scrappier. As a writing supervisor, I got to dig deeply into computers and then figure out how to describe what I found to mere mortals. It was fun and challenging. (It didn’t hurt that the first hire for my writing group eventually became my wife…).
Writing paper manuals led to writing Help routines, which eventually led to writing for early websites at Digital. Fairly quickly, writing for websites morphed into coding websites, starting out with HTML, then ASP, later switching to PHP and MySQL, and now WordPress (which is a mix of PHP, CSS, and HTML, with a little MySQL thrown in if you like to dig deeply into the code).
It’s a cliché but nonetheless true that the only constant in the world of the web is change. Fortunately, I enjoy learning, because I spend a good third of my time learning about new systems, routines, or techniques. Every new website presents an interesting challenge of some sort. The payoff is finding the solution and then seeing it manifested in my client’s website. Most of the time the client doesn’t appreciate the big successes, but that’s OK – I know it and I get a little thrill of success every time I see the site.
Yes, I admit to not being a youngster. If you like having a web developer who understands the challenges of running a business, raising a family, and having fun while holding it all together, you’ve come to the right place. Please contact me about your new or upgraded website. I’m here to help.