How it began
When I first started selling my miniature art on eBay eight years ago, I quickly discovered that I could make my auction listing more interesting by using simple HTML (HyperText Markup Language- the predominant markup language for web pages). Thus began my journey into the challenging, sometimes frustrating and totally intriguing world of computer coding! Very slowly I began to get the hang of simple coding which created colorful headlines and interesting backdrops for my art. Eventually I got quite good at it and even created a flexible virtual frame in which I can drop any little painting. You can preview the special HTML frame magic here
I poured over the pages of W3Schools, and to my surprise, continued to find coding fun! How cool it is to type (what looks like gibberish into a format) and have a beautiful page of color and images be the result!
My first website
I soon found the need for my own website as my art business began to grow and chose Earthlink as my web host. Earthlink offered a huge discount on NetObjecst Fusion with their hosting package, so I purchased the web building program. NetObjecst does have a rather enormous learning curve (lots of near tears sessions) but, I eventually learned to design and publish my own website, which I am quite proud of!
I still frequently find myself pulled into the "siren song" of an HTML puzzle. I begin thinking about how I want something to look on the Internet and am challenged by the HTML riddle that I must solve to accomplish my vision. For example, I recently redesigned my entire gift shop into a more streamlined and simple presentation.
Its been very liberating to teach myself HTML coding, because I can create or alter all my websites without waiting for a webmaster. So, if you are (in the slightest way) intrigued by computer coding, I recommend doing some reading at W3Schools and giving HTML a try!