When it comes to biking, and without blowing my own trumpet, it is safe to say that with all the miles under my belt, I am what you call an old geezer. Age has a way with our body and all I can say is that thank the stars for keeping me active and on the saddle. I may walk like a crab, from time to time, but I can still kick them pedals… is all I will add on this, my personal relationship with my bicycle.
You might wonder why there’s an image of a website design on my site but there is a good reason, and I talk about it.
Some say that serious cyclists record everything they do on when they go out on a ride. The miles they cycled, the food they ate… If this is true, then I must be a very serious cyclist because throughout my life, that’s exactly what I have done.
I am from the generation of the written diaries, personal logs carefully hand written in ink of varying, and over time, unfortunately, fading colors. I always knew I needed a blog…
You need a blog one of my kids told me a few years ago… Duh I told him. I know that.
A few years past until a few weeks ago, I finally bit the bullet and went for it. I bought my self a domain which I thought was all needed to get my blog started… Which as it turned out, wasn’t. I also needed to host the darned thing AND I had to make sure this blog would reflect my own personality. And that’s when all my trouble started.
I am at an age where spending money on a hobby is something I can afford and I was quite prepared to hire myself a web designer so that he or she would put me on my merry way.
That didn’t go well with my peeps I must say:
Designing my site.
“You don’t need to pay someone to design your website, you can do it yourself” I was told in no uncertain terms. Even my grand daughter, that 6 year old little beauty jumped right into the argument:
“If you want, I’ll help you design it” she said all proud and stand high at 3 feet and love.
“Wed design is so easy, and if you can use a word processor, you can design a website” was the expert opinion of my son. And there were a few others, in the same vain… “Get yourself a free web design. You won’t have to pay a penny and your site will look as if it had been designed by an expert!”
And so I listened to my friends, scooted over to that company which always advertises on tv about free website design, signed up for a free account and set upon the task of putting my dreams into words for the whole world to read.
And in the beginning it was awesome. I wrote several articles, which I posted, alongside photos of yours truly and I had a site I was very proud of myself.
And then I realized that site I had just designed for free wasn’t really mine at all… That nice company owned it.
And I discovered the hidden costs of … free…
A month later, feeling as if I was being held hostage by the “very nice people of …” (my lawyer says I should refrain from giving out their name), I was out of there.
In the process, I lost all my articles, all my images, everything that I had so painstakingly put together. I lost my beautiful website.
I was back to square one. And this time, I wasn’t going to listen to my friends.
This time I was going to call a professional, get some quotes, talk to a few people, you know what we do everything else we want to buy in life and this is how I me Jacques, web designer extraordinaire. I call him that, because in no time at all, and for very little money, he set me up with this site.
And I couldn’t be happier.
And the best thing of it is that the site is mine. To do with what I please.
I promised I would give him a shout out if ever I was to share my website experience with anyone, and thus here is. A Coral Springs Website Design Agency run by Jacques who can do it all. I am trying to get him to bike with me, but that’s another thing all together.