The $9 Website #1: Look Ma, I got myself a blog

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Blog entry by Dchip posted 10-13-2010 04:29 PM 937 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’ve decided to up my Lumberjocks cred and get rid of that pesky zero next to blog. I’ve always considered myself a math/science oriented person, and the thought of writing only recently appealed to me. In the interest of personal growth, however, here goes nothing.

Lumberjocks, not unlike woodworking, is a land much explored, leaving one to search for novelty. One topic that appears to have not been extensively covered, however, is the building of a personal website. I had bought a domain name on a whim from GoDaddy a while back, which proceeded to sit idle for months until I thought I’d take a stab at creating something. This is an area that I have recently spent some time in and, being pleasantly surprised with the outcome in relation to time and money spent, I thought that documenting could prove valuable to myself and others.

Disclaimer: I currently have minimal computer and coding expertise (more reason to learn); I’m just a hobbyist with illusions of grandeur. Ninety-nine percent of my website was constructed with free software from GoDaddy, Picassa photo organizing and editing (also free), and Microsoft Office Powerpoint (very not free, unless you work in an office like me). If you think that my site (9'x7' Woodworks, still a work in progress) is the ugliest, most offensive amateur hour on the internet, you should probably look elsewhere for advice. If you have $9 and some free time with a desire to push your comfort zone, come along.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 04:32 PM

looks pretty cool, also considering that there was no coding involve,d and it’s your first – that’s impressive.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 04:40 PM

It’s actually the second incarnation of the same website. I used what I learned toughing through the first one to make the second one better (in my opinion). This is generally what I hope to explore through the series. Thanks for the supportive words.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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Blair Helgason

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 07:43 PM

Nice job on the site, it’s straight forward and easy to use.

Although, some of the links don’t seem to work. You may want to check over the image links to make sure they open the correct picture. Just in case you didn’t notice.

Thanks for posting.

-- Blair

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#4 posted 10-13-2010 08:13 PM

I appreciate the heads up. It’s still a work in progress and whats up now is the result of a burst of motivation to get something presentable. I still have to go back and fine-tune it, but I wanted to start the accompanying blog in the hopes of bringing them both to a common line of progression. From there I plan on real-time documenting of expansion, trying to tie in things such as merchant links, etc. Don’t really have a solid plan yet, but I definitely appreciate the input and it will be a big part of where I go with this. I kind of just dove in after some time spent puttering around the idea.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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