My story starts ten years ago. I moved from Reno to Las Vegas Nevada. I left my hometown after deciding the cool kids never leave. That’s how they stay cool. Doing the same things over and over again in repetition. I want to break boundaries and make my own way.
My Myspace Blog
I was building Myspace band layouts for my friends hardcore metal bands. I had an old copy of Dreamweaver and Fireworks. That’s all it took to get me into graphic design and writing code. Poorly written and mostly copied code. One my best friends, Annalisa, showed me how to view the page source and copy all the custom HTML written by other Myspace band layout designers. The secret to MySpace is having one large layout and then having a bunch of custom overlay images that were hidden until the mouse hovered over the element. The element would have the same exact image except the wording would be different or maybe the background would change to a different color. This was to simulate a real button with CSS properties excited. These layouts we’re all images and A tags. A Tags are what make words link to another page or URL. I stayed up many nights learning this craft and eventually got semi-good. I even charged a client. I felt bad so I returned half the money.
MySpace is the very first blog engine that I’ve ever used to write down multiple thoughts in a row. You could post a custom status to your MySpace feed if you wanted to but I was more interested in writing full blog posts. I was blogging about the successes and failures of designing band layouts. If I can figure something out I tried for an hour and then I blog about it. Once I figured it out I would write another blog explaining what I did to fix the issue. Imagine as a beginner developer you are learning and failing a lot. I was writing blog posts as if they were status messages. Eventually, I had over 200 blog post written on MySpace. Each blog post was over five paragraphs.
That’s a lot of content, right?
Annalisa introduced me to WordPress. I created a free WordPress account and started importing each blog post over to my new home. I didn’t know at the time the word press would become of my future career. I spent a couple days migrating my content, by hand, and finally published my blog to the world. After a few more months I had over a thousand blog post written. All of my poster dedicated to MySpace designs and failures. I wanted to venture outside of Myspace. I wanted to build websites. I asked Annalisa what to do and once again she came through for me. In a few short hours, I had a website, russellaarondesigns.com running on WordPress. That was the exact moment I decided to give up on Graphic design as a career.
Learning WordPress by the hour
When I was younger I had aggressive insomnia. I could stay up for three days, sleep a few hours and repeat. I was reading 5 or 6 tutorials on WordPress each hour. This was the time when WordPress tutorials were less common to find in a search result. There were a few sites where I subscribed to the RSS feed. It was basically like going to college for WordPress online. I always make the joke that I should have a degree from YouTube. Between reading a tutorial and watching a video demonstration I was building WordPress in advanced ways. I didn’t know that WordPress is open source. I thought at some point people were going to start charging for their tutorials online. I made it my mission to read as much as I could every day before time ran out. I guess the joke is on me. It did teach me something. Work ethic and dedication.
Just like everything in life I eventually became bored with reading online tutorials. Even the best bloggers slow down the pace after a while. If you started learning WordPress from the same starting point as me, you’ll never catch up. WordPress and all other coding languages are progressing so fast, if you blink you’ll miss something. It’s scary to think about. How can you stay current and keep your job at the same time. While having a family and kids. The simple truth is, you cant.
That’s why I’m getting into Network Marketing.