Learning to make websites
It’s been a couple of months since graduation.
By graduation I mean I walked out of my last exam around mid-December and it said online I passed all my classes.
And just like that I was finally done with school.
Not even a ceremony.
So that’s great. Except the job search could be going better.
Basically, I didn’t have a job.
On the flip side, I was getting pretty good at various video games.
One night during a family dinner, I heard my aunt complain about the agency she had hired to make her website. She’s a realtor and she wanted to start advertising her properties and services online.
I offered to redo the website and she agreed to hire me. Turns out a unique combination of “free time” and “listen auntie I could really use the work” makes for a strong and compelling argument.
This was amazing, except I didn’t know how to make websites.
At least not unless you count the following:
- A few poor design decisions on myspace
- A few “Saved as HTML” documents on Word 97
- A website that listed movies me and my friends had downloaded so we didn’t download the same movie twice. The kid, he’s brilliant.
I was getting chased down by Google recruiters days and nights.
Had to change my number twice.
But I did have friend who worked at a local web agency.
I cornered him at a party one day and asked him the websites equivalent of “how are babies made” in between two sips of beer.
“So uh… How do you make a website?”
He explained how the mockups are made in Photoshop by a designer and then sliced up and put together in HTML and CSS. A developer then comes in and adds the functionality.
That was a pretty good starting point.
I started reading countless books and online tutorials on web development, redefining “drab” in the process. I had some programming experience making desktop applications, but the web was new to me.
It took a while but eventually I delivered a new website for my aunt’s real estate business. And a few weeks later one of her colleague asked me to build him one too. And then a third.
Maybe this could be the start of something.
Spoiler: I stopped applying for jobs around that time.