I became fascinated with websites way back in 1994 when I was in graduate school. I was studying to be a mental health counselor, and I got an internship at the Idaho State University as career advisor. I’d help new students decide what classes to take and what they wanted to be when they grew up. 🙂
The university had rolled out email only a year before and that was a marvel. You could send and receive these messages without having to pick up the phone. It was amazing. Later that year the IT department installed Windows 3.1 on my computer and there were some default applications installed including one with a big blue “N” as the icon. I clicked on the big blue “N” and a window opened with a search engine called “Ask”. “Netscape” was born! I typed in something (I can’t remember what now) and a list of websites came back.
It was amazing! All this information at my fingertips. It seems silly to even think about it now where you can access 100 times more content quickly with your smart phone. But back then, it was like magic.
My brother was working for a software company called Novell at the time. He helped be get set up with the “internet” at home through a service called “Prodigy”. You could connect your phone line to your computer and connect to the internet that way. You could even create your own pages on the internet. That was amazing.
Websites back then are not what they are today. Most websites were simple text and images. Not a lot of fancy formatting and no interactive type applications like there are today. But the essential capabilities were all there. No one could have imagined how the world wide web would change the world the way it has.
There were all kinds of debates about how the internet would be the way people buy things in the future. I remember thinking “No Way”. No one is going to buy stuff from a computer without seeing it or touching it.
Wow, was I wrong! Now I do 90% of my Christmas shopping on line.
These days everyone has a website. If you don’t have a website and a way to engage and interact with people on-line, you are dead. At the very least you are at a great disadvantage.
I started creating web pages on-line decades ago. Back in those times you just opened a note pad editor and typed out the webpage using simple HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language). It was easy enough to create simple pages. That was way before content management systems like WordPress. Now it is super easy to create a powerful website without writing a single line of code.
I’ve been fascinated with the ability to create websites and share whatever you want there. As the internet grew and became more established it became more fascinating to me the you could create a business “on-line”.
In fact stories were being published everyday about how people were creating a service “on-line” and they were making millions. Of course this turned into a type of irrational exuberance that eventually led to the “dot-com” melt down.
But since then things have stabilized and the internet has become so common that you don’t much think of the wonder of it any more. Sure when a new service emerges like Facebook or Instagram we take notice.
Like I mentioned earlier, I have always been fascinated with the internet and especially the idea of creating an “on-line” business. I mostly just dabbled in it for years. Creating my own websites and goofing off with it.
But a few years ago I got more serious. I had learned how to install WordPress and create blogs and pages etc. I realized that there were many small businesses that wanted a web
site but didn’t know how to “get on-line”. So I decided to create my own website development/design company.
I put out “my shingle” and I let people know that I could create a website for their business. I wrote a book about my experiences called: “Creating Websites for Fun and Profit–How I Generated Over $5000 in Cash My First Month and How You Can Too!” and I published it on Amazon. Click not the picture if you would like to learn more.
Creating websites is a blast, and I consider it a basic skill that everyone should understand at some level.
I like creating websites and I’ve created several of my own, including this blog. But over the last year I branched into other on-line ventures. There is something intoxicating about creating something of value and making it available for sale…and then seeing other people buy it. My first dollars on-line were generated from an instructional course I created on how to grow sprouts.
I’ll share all those particulars in some blog posts coming up.
Over the next couple of weeks I’d like to share my experience authoring and selling electronic books on Amazon Kindle. It’s an experiment really.
Now that I have published this book: “Creating Websites for Fun and Profit” I’m going to market it on Amazon.
I share some additional information on how I created the book and how I create websites in the video below. Stay tuned to see how my marketing efforts go. 🙂