I have been creating and running websites for many years for both business and pleasure. Since this on the personal side, I will talk only about those personal websites.
The longest running and most popular is about the dogs – The Thundering Herd. I wanted to learn HTML and decided to create a website dedicated to the passing of a legendary dog in my life, Nikita. Imagine my surprise when people actually started visiting the site and interacting. Over the years, I have moved that site from a hosted environment to a VPS, learning the technical side along the way.
Taking photographs for that website became a huge extension of blogging. I was continually surprised – again – that people wanted to buy individual photographs. Ultimately, that led to the creation of D.K. Wall Photography. Like The Thundering Herd, that site started in a hosted environment and now resides on a VPS. The e-commerce and fulfillment side of that website is handled by Fine Art America.
But neither website gave me an option to just voice my opinion about random topics. Like the other sites, I have no expectations in the beginning that anyone will care or read. I am approaching the whole experience as a learning tool. If I learn half as much as either of the other websites have taught me, I will be better for the experience.
NOTE: The quill and ink logo in our header was designed by Joan M. Borràs (Ebrenc at Catalan Wikipedia) and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.