Web Design

Freelancing and Some Thoughts


I came across a Wall Street Journal article this morning on solo consultants.

The key points:

  • Think long term
    Many start it out as short term temporary fill-in-the-gap measure. To be successful you need to think about it as permanent.
  • Join a network
    Survival means marketing and one of the best and most natural is networking. Be connected
  • Have your own space
    Babies crying, dogs barking, etc. These are unprofessional not to mention the need to manage interuptions.
  • Think like an entrepreneur
    Business plan, goals, mission statement. Be innovative and track/manage what you do.

So this is a good list. How am I doing as a Freelancer?

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Part of Something Bigger


I just got an email from one of my clients Tony Chen of SavvyDaddy. I've been playing Website Janitor on his Drupal site for a couple of weeks now. The Chicago Sun Times picked up his fund raising efforts for Disaster Relief in Haiti.

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To CMS or not to CMS


Or Smashing Magazine comes through again:
Getting Started With Content Management Systems
Anybody contemplating the big picture should read this. It is the most succinct summary of why and more importantly what to think about CMS.

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My current in depth portfolio can be seen at Portfolio List but I was recently challenged as to how many sites I had worked on. Sites that are still in existence I have linked to.

As I built the list I realized that a legend might be in order:

  • D - Drupal site.
  • S - Static site.
  • B - I built the site.
  • MT - I maintained or did troubleshooting on the site.
  • H - I host the site.
  • W - I built the site as part of a team.

Here is that list in no particular order:

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A wander down Memory Lane


In a trip down a trail of broken websites, looking for answers in all the wrong places, I found an old friend. Back when I was starting to learn web design and all things wild and wooly on the Internet, there was a cool site called Web Monkey . I learned how to use CSS on the site. It was my primer in Javascript. All sorts of web-related bits and pieces. And today I found it again. Relaunched as 2.0 beta, the stream of content seems massive.

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