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Working On A Site Redesign.

One of the things I love about working on personal projects is the freedom you get in your design. You can experiment a bit, play around with the code, test out different layouts. For the most part, there really isn’t any pressure to produce something extraordinary on the first attempt. On top of that, you can just keep hacking away till you come out with the perfect design and layout. Add something, take it away, add it back, then completely switch it up if you’d like.

You really can’t do that with client projects. For the most part, you get a feel for what the client expects, code out a couple different versions in a set period of time, and hope and pray the client is happy with one of the end results. If you’re reading your clients correctly and listening to what they want, this usually isn’t a problem.  They pick a design, you get it uploaded to the server, do a little beta testing looking for any bugs or glitches, and if all goes well, you move on to the next project.  Easy peazy!

I’m currently in the middle of a client project that is going well. In the meantime, I’m also redesigning bitcoindood.com and this site. I’ve learned so much in the first thirty days of doing the 100DaysOfCode challenge on Twitter, that I think I’m just going to hack away at my two personal projects and see what I come up with.

It’s been a long time since I just built something with no direction. In my opinion, those were always the funnest projects and gave birth to some of the best results. I’ve got a pretty good handle on the client project I’m working on. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be practicing all the new markup and css I’ve learned on my personal projects. My personal sites will probably be changing on a daily basis. I’m pretty excited to see what I come up with.

In other news I’ve signed up for a free eDX JavaScript course that I’ll be starting next week. Staying busy, keeping it fresh, and updating my skill set!

 

Getting Real Serious About Web Design

As I stated in some earlier posts. When I got into cryptocurrency trading I put everything on hold including this business. For the most part, I’ve lived crypto 24/7. I learned a lot and made a few friends along the way.

When I got back into web design I realized immediately that a lot has changed in the code. HTML5 features a lot of new tags, and I could definitely use a refresher course in CSS3. Over the last couple weeks I’ve signed up for several code boot camps focused around HTML5 and CSS3. Because most of these courses all have the same general content flow I do them all simultaneously. I’m currently signed up for I think 4 different boot camps.  In a lot of ways, learning code is all about repetition. The more you get your feet wet and do it, the more you’ll retain. At least, that’s how it has always worked for me.

I finished the shortest course last night. It was an introduction to HTML on CodeAcademy.

Introduction To HTML – CodeAcademy

CodeAcademy doesn’t give you a certificate so I took a screen shot.

Completed course for introduction to HTML

Introduction to HTML – Course Completed.

my completed skills screenshot.

HTML first to be added to my completed skills.

I was a little apprehensive about taking an Introduction to HTML. I’ve been using this markup language since the mid 90’s. I was really happy I took it though, a lot has changed since then. The course covered a lot of the new features in HTML5 and I realized how dated some of the markup I was using was.,

I think I’m going to get involved in the 100 Days Of Code challenge. It’s a challenge to code at least a half hour a day and learn something new everyday for 100 days.  I’d like to finish that before summer arrives 🙂

Next up… Another refresher course in CSS!

Well if anyone needs a website, now is the time to contact me. I’m working cheap right now, but that’s going to change soon. I brought on a local real estate developer, and I should be finished up with that in the next week or so then I’m free to take on new projects.

A Link To My CodeAcademy Profile.

Getting Away From Google AdSense

I’m trying to De-Google my life. For some reason, I kept having problems with my AdSense showing up on the blog. Considering this is the highest traffic page on the site, that’s kind of important. I’ve been trying to get away from Gmail and google drive and a lot of their other products too. Tonight I had enough with AdSense and began looking for a new advertiser for my sites. I came across a site that offers low payouts and also bitcoin payments. Hopefully, the blog and website get approved, and I’ll post a review on them shortly.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Goals & Resolutions 2019

Getting focused on 2019! Setting goals and starting to work on some old projects. I’ve had this website for several years, and it’s always taken a back seat to all my other projects. That’s changing in 2019. I’ll be doing a lot of design work to this site, adding many offers and trying to finally get the business aspect of this site off the ground.

Blogging will be another big part of my 2019. I’m currently managing several different blogs. I’ll be posting about those and also blogging here regularly. I’ll be offering blogging services too, like setup, and design for anyone that might be considering a blog but isn’t sure on how to get started.

The content on this site will be centered around blogging, HTML, and graphic design, social media marketing, and working as an internet freelancer.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2019, and wishing you health, wealth, and prosperity in the new year.

Time To Freshen Things Up For Spring

Freshening things up a bit for spring ! Finally spring has sprung in Western New York. After a really harsh winter, the sun is out, the temperature is on the rise, and spring flowers have begun to bloom everywhere you look. The weather got me in the mood to freshen up the blog a bit.

One of the things I love about using a wordpress blog is how easy it can be to give your blog a quick make-over. The header was from last springs design, the rss feed button with flower blooms was already in my media folder, and I updated a new background from some stock background I downloaded awhile ago that I thought matched the header image I created last spring. After about 15 minutes of work the blog has a nice springtime face lift !

Now I just need to start posting here regularly again.