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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

SixApart - Wanna Hire Me?



Ever since I started my first TypePad blog, Red Easel, I have had an overwhelming need to learn web design - or maybe that's just blog design.  Whatever it is, I wanted to design and build a site that I was proud of and I hoped would eventually grab the attention of visual artist readers,  I wanted it to grow to be a special place on the internet.  It has grown slowly, but that's my own fault for not dedicating more time to it.  I have over 500+ subscribers to my email newsletters and almost 100 visual artists in the gallery.  That's a good thing.  The bad thing is that I redirected my attention away from Red Easel to start Raisin Toast and this site has become my baby you might say, surpassing my wildest expectations for a personal blog.

More importantly, I have learned a great deal over the course of the last couple of years about blog and web design and I am convinced that TypePad has the best looking and most professional blogs out there.  Wordpress blogs are everywhere and many of them look fabulous too, but you have to find a host if you really want to build a "website" from your Wordpress blog, whereas with TypePad, SixApart is your host.  Everything you need to build a first class blog is at your fingertips and the price is right.  The basic template is very easy to learn and manipulate and just as easy to customize, although if you really want to get down into the nitty gritty of what is possible with TypePad and blog design, you'll need a Pro account and an Advanced Template.  I did just that, but first I created a Testblog so that I didn't trash my own site while I was still learning how to design and build things for my blog behind the scenes.  I've come a long way since those first days as a new blogger.


In the last 6 months or so I've really hit my stride.  Not only have I got my nose into Javascript, CSS, HTML, and all that other "stuff" as I call it, but I actually understand how it all connects - well, I understand some of it.  I'm gettin' there.  I will say this, though, whenever I have had any questions for SixApart regarding my Advanced Template, scripts, codes, CSS, or whatever, I have usually been able to easily find an answer within their knowledge base, and if I can't find it there, then there has always been someone to help who has found the answers and passed them on to me.

I've come to know a few of the customer service representatives over the past several months.  They are first rate.  As I've been learning, though, I find myself wanting to do more and more to push my design within TypePad Advanced Templates, and so I spend some time each day on Get Satisfaction in the Six Apart section seeing what other users are having trouble with and ultimately, I find myself handing out advice and answers to their design questions. 

So, I now have another question for SixApart - you wanna hire me?  I'm a hard worker and I love your product.  I believe in it too.  I promise I'll be worth your investment.


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