Among the one million things on my to-do list is working on my website and blog and getting them to go together. So that’s why you get treated to something different each time. I am at a disadvantage because technology is swiftly leaving me behind. Building a website isn’t what it used to be.
There was a time when slopping together a table with brightly colored squares that complemented each other was enough. There were so many “loving-hands-at-home” websites that anyone with an ounce of good taste could at least not embarrass themselves. In those days I used Netscape and Netscapte composer to produce simple websites that were not fancy (no flash, but I mastered the roll-over) but not unattractive and easy to use. Catherine the Great. Narcissa Whitman. The story of a roman wedding. Some are still up while others took a dive when Ancient Sites, my old stomping grounds, bit the dust. Others may still be out there in the ether. But now? Now you have to be a geek of the first order or open your wallet reeeeaaaallllll wide to have something up on the net that really pops.
I wanted my daughter to do my site. She has a design degree from UC Davis and gave herself a hip, together site so I figured, hey, hire her, pay her well, and she’ll have pocket money for Australia where she currently is. But alas. $$$$ and working for mom wasn’t enough to get her to sit down at the computer. Also, much to her chagrin, I didn’t buy Dreamweaver, a program she knows, but GoLive, a program she doesn’t. I get the I-don’t-wanna-work-for-mom bit. I can do this myself.
I tried using a template…six templates. STinkY! So I’ve tried to learn GoLive, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to master that program. The tutorial doesn’t even have matching icons! I need matching icons to follow what the heck is going on. I can’t even master the creation of a GoLive “family tree” for the site, so I barreled ahead to just do a page. Nope. It ain’t happening. I bought the book from amazon written by the Adobe staff for a whopping 40 bucks, but haven’t had time to use it. I’ve been reduced to …
TEMPLATES again!!! My website is built on the simplest, most-editible template that earthlink offers and I’ve spent days with photoshop trying backgrounds (oh, that awful cottonball on blue) and different customized pix for the few things I could do. Blue backgrounds, brown backgrounds, eggplant. Schizophrenia!!!
It’s not great but at least today I’ve decided to give it a rest for a while. I settled for the usual ME look. Black and gray with a touch of red. At least it reflects my taste in clothes! Besides I have a book to write.
Now all I have to do is duplicate that here. There has to be a black/gray/red template I can use???