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New ideas for burned out webmaster

 9:44 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

So what do you guys recommend as a rehabilitation subject for a burned out webmaster?



 9:54 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

skydiving..doing..not writing about..


 9:55 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

with or without a parachute?


 9:56 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

with ..but make the free fall part as long as is safe to do so..


 9:57 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thats on my bucket list 4 sure but was thinking more of rehabilitation website


 9:59 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I kinda done some crazy stuff like taht already including a police car chase ( its a long story ) trying to focuss on something online


 10:03 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Strap an HD camera ( they make them reals mall )to your forehead ..with sound..make the video ..make a site with it ..think of another extreme thing.. rinse repeat..

May have been done before..but you could do it in costume..at night..etc ..

You could do it with G Glasses on ..Sergey would love the exposure :)


 10:05 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I am lovin these suggestions, imagine if I'd had that for the car chase with the pollice, I'd be famous!


 10:06 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Sergey send me these glasses I got a great idea, I am gonna staple them to my cat and call the website Catseye


 10:08 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

The potential subjects for sites ( I have Gazzilions of ideas ..waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay outside of the boxen ) are only restricted by do you want adsense on them..lots of things ..G wouldn't let you run adense on..


 10:10 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I need the idea's in rehabilitation as a webmaster right now


 10:10 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Not "staple" ..I like cats..( and cameras on a cat have been done ) ..


 10:11 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

They let you have web access in rehab..?


 10:12 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Nah they tried to send me to rehab but I said No No No!


 10:16 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

On reflection maybe I should have said yes


 10:47 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Ignore what modern experts recommend and stick to what you know has been proven.


 11:35 pm on Mar 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks Kendo

Visit Thailand

 12:43 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Ignore what modern experts recommend and stick to what you know has been proven.

Do you mean Tequila? ;-)


 12:52 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Tequila? , not sure if thats an intelligent insult, or a dumb compliment!

I'll take it as both with a slice of lime and some salt.


 1:19 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Make a site that exists purely for your own amusement. Exclude the whole thing in robots.txt. Do not add it to gwt, author profiles or anything else. Do not bother about 403-level exclusions, except as needed to protect the server.

Use horrible colors and have the same content on all pages, including duplicate titles and meta tags. Bonus points if some pages are called "untitled" or "new page". Use tables for layout. Use the <font> tag liberally. Either have multiple <h1> on the same page, or have nothing higher than <h3>. Move, delete and rearrange pages every other week. Never code for any 301s or 410s.

Find a personally gratifying domain name. Mine's called google-plays-silly-buggers dot com. (It isn't really, but I consistently use this name when talking about it. Every week or so I get a human visitor from Bing search.*)

Oh, and you can use it to test things that you're not 100% sure can be done without crashing the site or sending php into a coma. But that's an optional extra. Your main goal is the guilty pleasure of looking at "Welcome to my Garbage Site" in lurid magenta text on a cyan background.

That last bit was an exaggeration. My background is black-- but only because I occasionally use the pages for testing, and my optometrist makes enough money already.

Wasn't that fun?

* This detail is true.


 1:28 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

LOL lucy24 made me laugh.

yeah might just try it throw every black hat at google just for fun.

Could also add rotating meta tags, random bold/italic text and h tags

curl some random content keyword from yahoo results



 1:38 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

...and blinking text


 1:41 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

......but make it mobile friendly
......Responsive design let in fail on all platforms


 2:14 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

If at first you don't succeed...........

.........don't try skydiving!


 3:04 pm on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

I have moved from webmastering to editing a print magazine. Producing a real object is far more satisfying.

Traffic on the web site may be increasing but the punters still like content that comes on hardcopy.


 4:22 pm on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

So what do you guys recommend as a rehabilitation subject for a burned out webmaster?

Right back to the OP's question. I have a question for you. In order to better dream up ideas as suggestions it would help if we know what your current duties are as a 'webmaster'. For some carrying that title, perhaps in a corporate environment, duties can be watered down. Whereas someone working for themselves probably wear many hats, a jack of all trades but master of none.

Myself for example. In recent months I have noticed my enthusiasm waning for Internet development. I know myself well (don't we all) and throughout my working life whenever that feeling sets in it invariably leads to boredom. Shortly thereafter it typically has led to a career change.

I tire of things quickly when they are no longer a challenge and that leads to not enjoying my work -- then there's no point. So, knowing that I.T. is among the better things for me to be involved in right now I realized I need to stimulate my hungry mind.

For me, that stimulation has been adopted by diving into the challenge of discovering and learning all I can about networking. I'm referring to infrastructure, not mingling with people. The root of the Internet is obviously the infrastructure that organizes and carries data. I would then consider Linux, Unix, and other lesser OS technologies to be a good starting point.

That's why I recently bought a very good book about Server Administration, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in particular. I've turned my old desktop into a lab without any fears of busting up something critical. If I mess it up real bad I just have to reformat and reinstall. I'm enjoying the new-found challenge while at the same time benefiting from it in the long-term.

When I started out 15+ years ago I adapted to PCs quickly. Within a year of first using one I built a website for a children's charity and it was fruitful for garnering much needed attention and financial donations for our cause. I was an employee that had a good grip on understanding computers so the chore of website development fell on me even though I knew nothing about it. That didn't stop me -- I learned what I needed to in order to get something functional online (I was the organization's truck driver at the time lol). If I remember correctly it was mid-1998. At that point I recognized the value of the Internet and made a conscious choice to change career paths once again (I had quite a few along the way). I returned to college as a mature student to study programming.

Networking is the last frontier for me, Linux in particular. My ambition is to now become proficient with it all via command line usage. Until that time I hope to continue to develop effective websites for 'little' business people who offer genuine products or services within their communities. I'm also drawn to ones who could not otherwise afford the type of services I can provide for them. It's my investment in growing my garden. I'm hoping that will lead to long-term business relationships in which they will continue to employ me for their long-term hosting and maintenance so I can rely on that residual income when I eventually retreat to the wilderness to live out my final decade in peaceful contemplative seclusion :)

You, seoskunk, and probably many other curly fries eating members here at WebmasterWorld need mentally stimulating challenges to keep you motivated. Maybe you just need to learn a new I.T. related skill to keep your other aspects alive.

Other than networking right now, on the development end, my love/hate relationship with google keeps me going. I severely dislike everything surrounding their business practices. But I love the challenge of trying to stay one step ahead of them. Lately they are a tough nut to crack, not because they are smart, but because they have gone wild. They need more fresh air and sunlight. Speaking of which, so do I, catch you later.

Just remember that new life grows out of burnt out forests. We experience our freshest growth after burning out a few times during our lives.


 7:01 pm on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Tell us what has burned you out?

I think the real lasting energy is in having your own gig - are you working for others?

And yes, I realize I'm projecting my own desires with my assertion, but you asked.


 3:12 am on Mar 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

A quick stocktake can be a recipe for burn out. For example, look at the time, enthusiasm and cash that has not only gone into developing your web projects but also maintaining them... then compare that to what you could have developed if you didn't build on top of quicksand.

Looking back, I see innovation after invitation that were fun to build because they were challenging and new frontiers. But I also saw a lot monkey-brains creating imitations and claiming to be inventive.


 10:41 pm on Mar 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

A nice big glass of wine every night makes me sleep better and want for more every morning.


 12:31 am on Mar 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

Uh... More webmastering? Or more wine?

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