Well, it’s a big day—I am officially considered a webmaster.
I was thrown into the world of computerdom when my three techno-savvy brothers went away to college. The support of the PC was left in my hands. Since then I’ve managed to stumble my way up from Word Processor and Web Browser to Computer Techie. No mean feat, and frustrating along the way, but mighty fun.
Recently, I’ve discovered the world of HTML. Once again, necessity drove me to expand my horizons. My sister and I began selling our work on eBay—my art, her photography—and it didn’t take long before I felt the need to have a fancy listing like all the other cool people. It became tiresome to have to pay for a template, when I just knew I could write one myself, if only there were some way I could see how to do it. Well, you can find anything on the web, even an HTML tutorial. So here I am, a few weeks later, tossing out terms like “font-face,” “div style,” and “bgColor” like they’ve had meaning to me my entire life.
I took the step up from eBay listing page to website page a few days ago…but today I made the biggest step of all.
Today I am a webmaster.
I registered a domain name this morning. It was a big step for me, even bigger because of what the new website will hold—it will be the official website of the novel I’m finishing up. When the book goes to press, the website will have been up and running for some time, doing the wondrous work of “teaser” marketing.
I’ve been working on this book for almost four years now, struggling to complete it while dealing with the side effects of chronic carbon monoxide poisoning. (That’s a post for another day.) After all this journey, the book is near enough to completion that I’m actually beginning the marketing for it—awesome. There was a lot of meaning to that instant when I clicked the button to submit my domain name into the world. Oddly enough, I was listening to Chris Rice’s album, “Short Term Memories,” while I worked, and at the very instant I registered my domain name, the lyrics said:
“Take your candle…go light your world.”