To get to the beginning of the story I am going to have to go back a very long time to about 2001 or so. At this time my cousin and I were into an online pet site called Neopets.com (sad…yes i know).
While playing around my cousin found a link on the forums to another pet site that was just beginning. Wanting to be one of the first to sign-up (they offered items for the first 100) he hurried over and filled out the forms. Next thing you know, his account was hacked.
The Discovery of Website Creation
What does all this have to do with me? Well when we realized the guy created a fake page and was getting all the info mailed to him, we were upset. This was not fair! So what did I do? I created my own “fake” website with a free website creator and started advertising it on the forums. As more and more people fell for the scam, my websites kept getting more and more elaborate. We must have single handedly hacked 5000 accounts over a year or two.
The Deciding Point
I tell you this story because it’s my first run in with websites. Creating the websites with the website builder tool was fun, but I wanted to know more. So it was then that I started learning HTML. It was a really slow process at first but as time went on I slowly gathered up knowledge. I didn’t have too much time to really get into it until I was a senior in high school. By this time I was self-taught in Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design programs. I loved learning new things but I had never fully understood how to work with HTML and I didn’t even know what CSS was. Towards the end of high school I realized I needed a plan. What did I want to do with my life? I wanted to travel the world. I wanted to have fun. I didn’t want to be tied down to a 9 to 5. It was at this point that I decided I want to make my living online.
Google: My New BFFL
I started using Google to research everything about making money online. I absorbed everything that I came across. I ended up signing up for a “get rich quick” program called Niche Blitzkrieg and dedicated time to that. It had me create a WordPress site and make it look like a static webpage. Then using different techniques it got me ranked in Google for a few low competitive keywords. The problem is that none of these “get rich quick” things actually work. While researching online one day I came across 2createawebsite.com.
This website taught me everything I needed to know about creating a real website. Lisa Irby (the website owner) laid everything out for me and told me what I needed to do. I used Google even more and dedicated myself to learning HTML and CSS. After a lot of hard work I had my first website up and running.
I’ve learned a lot on the way and I have picked up on many things. I have always had a desire to create a blog but I was always scared. Why would people listen to me? What would I write about? What if I fail? Finally, after having a talk with my wonderful girlfriend I decided I would jump into making a blog and see where it takes me. Having support like her is the best thing anyone could ask for. So now here I am, typing this post in Word and putting myself out there. I have promised myself that this blog is my escape from working 60 hours a week. It is going to be my freedom and I will steer it in the right direction.
What’s your story? Is it similar? Way different? What motivates you to continue blogging, or if you haven’t started, what stops you from starting?
Let me know!