Hello everyone, happy Tuesday! I hope you all are as excited for the start of this new series as I am! I know this post may seem like a dull place to start, but I think it’s one of the more foundational posts in post in the series. I think a lot of times when readers find out that a blogger is also a designer, they assume that they have some kind of supreme skill that they could never have themselves. Nothing could be father from the truth! The point is, everyone started somewhere, and I bet you’d be shocked to see some of your favorite designers and bloggers first works!
Personally, I started “designing” in one of the strangest ways: MySpace. And I use the word designing loosely, because I didn’t really consider myself designing in any way shape or form. I’d always played around with decking out my profile, and subsequently, started picking up little bits of HTML and CSS knowledge. It was literally as basic as me wondering how to make text bigger or center an image, googling it, and then remembering which codes did what. I didn’t wake up knowing how to do it, and I was never formally taught. Trial and error was the key for me.
You may be shocked to find that, even after the death of MySpace caused me to find new creative outlets, I was completely against blogging! I thought it was silly, not something I ever saw myself doing. Oh my, how things have changed. So, in leu of a blog, I guess I had a “website” of sorts? I would change my theme often (okay, not much has changed there) and started out using basic HTML pages, no content manager (like WordPress or Blogger). I would make website icons and website headers, basically an assortment of “freebies.” I used programs like GIMP and then eventually moved on to Paint Shop Pro. No matter what kind of content I was putting out there, there was no way I was going to blog.
I’m not sure what brought on the great epiphany, but around 14/15 I asked my parents to buy me a domain name for my birthday. I started out on volere.nu (yeah, that name DON’T ASK!). That was when I first decided to dive in with WordPress.org without much knowledge of it. I took the bits and pieces of HTML and CSS knowledge I had from my MySpace and simple website days, and started tweaking and revamping WordPress theme templates. Before I knew it, I was “getting it” more and more, making my little space look and feel however I wanted it to. I used that time to experiment, learn, and grow; I never took it really seriously. I had a few domains after that, which for my sake shall remain nameless. I even designed a few blogs for other bloggers during this time for a whopping…wait for it… $10 a design! Yupp, I was doing FULL WordPress sites for ten bucks, because at 15 $10 was a pretty penny.
All of these websites, MySpace practices, and discarded blogs have gotten me to the blog you’re reading today. If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change a single step in this process. Through all of the trial and error, I really have learned and loved my blog, and myself as a blogger. I’ve figured some things out, and I’m still learning and making my way through other things. So if you’re just getting started, don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, stop it right now! Enjoy you’re journey as a blogger or designer. Allow yourself to grow, and remember that everyone’s journey is unique to them! Even the best of the best started where you are right now: just trying to figure it out.
Feel free to leave any questions that you may have at the bottom of this post! Remember, the last post in the series is going to be a huge Q&A Mashup with all of the frequently asked questions I’ve received in the comments!