Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:59 am
Couldn't agree more, mate. SBI, Ken and the gang (this is not to say I haven't been POed a few times) are god sent, if you believe in that kinda stuff. Here I was, middle aged, disabled, living in a foreign country--Australia--and my partner of 15 years decides it's time for a MLC (Mid-Life Crises).
Well, I knew that the only thing more cruel than that was to remain in OZ, the only 2nd-world country I know--sorry to my Aussie mates. After all, being disabled in Oz, and Queensland in particular, is not a happy experience, and having been inflicted with whiplash 2 times in just over a week by careless, and couldn't care less, rail workers, it all made my decision somewhat more easy. So, I decided to return home to Canada... BC to be exact... OK, Richmond, BC is more exact.
Well, I had 7 or 8 months to go, as I didn't wish to return to a BC winter. So, during my wait, while running 2 businesses, I researched what I was going to do when I arrived home. Having been subjected to a partnership, both personally and in business, with a partner without a clue, I decided very early on that whatever I did, I wanted to do it on my own.
No astronomic lease, no **griping** from a partner, no employees who are being paid better than I... but, what could I do? I use a power wheelchair for personal mobility, can't stand, and can't even feed myself. Well, I can still type, and although I have a love-hate relationship with computers, I love the Internet... Love it!
Having started a forum and later an ezine back in '95, the technology at the time, was still a bit of a pain. This, from a guy, who's a genius (really), but hated the C/prompt just to boot my sister's crappy PC (this would have been in the late '80 or early '90s). So, I researched, and researched and kept coming across Ken's name and SBI. Having heard of both pre-Oz, I decided that this was the way to go.
So, after landing in Richmond in the spring of 2003, I took to furnishing my condo--bought this baby a week prior to leaving for Oz in 2000. After partying--catching up--and shopping until closing oftentimes, the cold weather--anything below 20C or 69F--started to slowly sneak up on me. So, I bought my first SBI subscription.
So, 2 years ago, or the fall of 2003, I knew not ONE HTML tag, not one... That's where SBI came in. I could write, having freelanced off-and-on for 30 years, just not for others, if I could help it. So, with the help on SBI and my new iMac I launched my first website in October, 2003.
The next year after Sitesell launched server apps that weren't working that well for me, I turned to handwriting more and more code just to keep my pages displaying properly. Then I turned to a $40 html editor than wouldn't take a century to learn, as I was already writing 50% of my corrective html code.
So, today, I own 5 websites, 2 are co-brand experiments, and 3 are SBI bread and born. My latest one, launched 3 weeks ago, already has 4 #1s of 14 pages listed on MSN, with Google and Yahoo to follow shortly, and receives more traffic than the first did after more than a couple months. I still place my code in one text block per web page, so all body code is mine... 100% mine.
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