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How This Website Evolved


I mentioned on my "About Me" page that I've had quite a few websites over the years -- some for business, some for fun.  When I got the idea for this site, it was a "for fun" to start out with.  But then it grew into something interesting.

Why Build a Site?

I mentioned that I built this site mostly for fun.  Since I've built many sites, I pretty much knew the ins and outs -- at least I thought I did.  But I was tired of slogging my way through all the rigamarole of building it, then submitting it to search engines, then tracking the progress.  Makes me tired to just think about it!

And sure, I want to share Florida with others -- it's a fascinating state!  But I'll be honest -- I sure wouldn't mind if it brought in a few dollars here and there.  You know, to kind of finance our vacations, so I could write about more things, David could take more pictures -- you get the idea.  But I didn't want writing the site to take over my life, 'cause there wouldn't be time for vacations!

I shelved my dreams for the moment, because I didn't know how it could be done.  Or even if it could be done.

While I was Surfing...

...and I don't mean on the ocean, I happened to stumble across something that was intriguing. Something that sounded do-able for someone burned out on all the rigamarole I mentioned previously.  Huh.  A way to build a site as if I knew absolutely nothing, and they did all the tedious work for me.  All I had to do is type it out, put up some pictures and poof -- a site that gets traffic.  No more rigamarole!

They said I could even earn money from it!  Now that sounded way too good to be true.  I figured if I could just build a site easily, without fuss, it would be worth it, even if I didn't earn a penny. But guess what?

I did (much more than a penny).  And I am.  How cool is that?

The "Something Interesting" Part

It's been amazing.  Money coming in every month, while all I do is write up stuff about Florida.  And I don't have to sell or ship anything!  Right now, it's making the car payments, but rising all the time.  Soon it will be the mortgage payment. Next step -- build the dream home on the Gulf Coast.  It's my goal for 2008.  To leave my 8-to-5 job and start building that home.


I just took a leap of faith and decided to try the site-building place I found -- after all, it didn't cost much.  Certainly less than some places I've used.  I didn't have anything to lose and if nothing else, I had a website that was super-easy to build and maintain.  And as you can tell, I got that and more.  And I've met a lot of super-friendly people who knew zero about building a site and who have become quite successful.

Now I don't know if you want to build a website, or if you want to bring in some extra cash each month.  Maybe you do, maybe you don't.  But if it sounds at all intriguing, why not take a look, even if you don't have a clue what to write about?  After all, looking doesn't cost you anything.  And it could be that it's right for you.  You have to judge for yourself.

See you online (and see you around Florida)!


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