Blood, Sweat and Tears!! by jane
My first 'computer' was web tv. There are a lot of good features on web tv. That's why I still have web tv today. I learned a lot of web 'lingo' and played every FREE lotto I could find. I loved different games that I found on internet to play. It was a whole new world. I did some research, collected jokes, recipes and information on stock market.
One day, totally by accident, I subscribed to an ezine that was talking about making money on internet I thought that was only for programmers! I started subscribing to more ezines that talked about internet marketing. I decided this was something I wanted to do, but I knew I needed more knowledge. I found website: http:/ hirdage.com . WOW! This site really opened up a lot of avenues for me. They offered FREE courses! I dug right in. I was thrilled when I finished first course, took a final exam and got a certificate (which I considered a diploma), that I could print out on my printer! I will never forget feeling of accomplishment and pride. I showed it to everyone that came to visit. They probably could care less, but it was a big deal to me. I still have that certificate today. It's framed and hanging on my office wall. After I had a few courses under my belt, I figured, 'I can do this!'. Boy, I really didn't know what I was in for.
I had some software that came with my computer, so I decided to get started building my first website. After a lot of attempts and failures, I finally got a web site built that I was proud of. It was exactly way I wanted it.
Ok, that was done. Now I needed a domain name. I got that done with no problem. Next I needed a host. I quickly found out that I didn't need just any host, but a host that could and would deal with a newbie. That was a tough one to solve. I went through about five different hosts before I ended up with host I now have: http://linkopp.com I think sometimes he got impatient with me at first, but soon learned that he was dealing with a GENUINE newbie and I wasn't going to give up. He has proved to be very patient and helpful, which is what I needed.
My host was a very busy man, so he assigned me a sponsor. That way I could bug him. We communicated by email for a while, but he saw quickly that I needed more help than email could give. He asked me if I could call him. It just so happened that my daughter had given me a three hour phone card as a gift, so I said, 'sure, no problem.'. I was so excited! I couldn't hardly wait for day and time we had set-up for phone call....................
I was so excited!! The day had finally come! My site would be up on internet! Imagine! My own site!
I called my sponsor, Gary McLeod http://www.mack49.com , and he worked with me to get site uploaded. Since I had a three hour phone card, I wasn't worried about cost. I thought to myself, 'Oh, we'll have time to get acquainted.'. Boy, was I wrong ! We tried, and we tried, and we tried, to no avail ! We would get site uploaded and have two of everything ! That certainly wouldn't do ! After three hours, yes three hours, phone cut us off. I immediately called him back. He decided that it was software I was using. I sent him html and sure enough, it wasn't right. Back to drawing board !
You talk about discouraged ! I was ready to pack up this computer and send it back to Gateway and go back to my 'safe' web tv.