For me it was just a wow how does this work? I want to build a website. From there on I was hooked. It's like a hobby and a passion rolled into one. For many it is a career but for many many more it is an interest. I Started off building websites on free space providers, then discovered that sites are actualy made with html, not the user interfaces those providers where offering.
Many books later and the discovery of WW I was well on my way.
What got you started and how did you learn the tricks of the trade?
I got started because of working tech support for an ISP. Had to support the people with problems on their free webspace, so I started learning so I could provide better support. Read some books and taught myself basic HTML. Then decided to go to school and as of a few months ago, I have a degree in it.
This has lead me to bigger and better things. Now I love what I do, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
I'm a newbie to this forum and still consider myself a newbie to web design.
When I was 16 my dad hooked us up to the internet. He said our monthly fee got us "web space, whatever THAT is." So I got a book on HTML and programmed my first webpage. Spent about six months on it, and dedicated it to my favourite singer like any good teen would do. Never did get it up and running on the net though.
Then in college I got free webspace and made a site to keep in touch with friends and family. After graduating college and struggling to find a job in the tough economy, I decided I wanted to start my own business. Hadn't decided what my focus would be yet.
Here I am today, wayyyy behind my original schedule. But I just recently opened my own web and interactive design firm. Hoping to eventually quit my full-time job and do web design full time.
I got started in the business when the mortgage company I worked for decided to build a website about 6 years ago. I was asked to be part of a task force assigned to decide the business plan and direction for the site. We hired a website designer to layout the site. I decided that I was going to teach myself HTML so that I could converse with the designer and to learn what was possible. After about a year and after the site went live, the designer quit. I was asked to take over the role. Been at it ever since.
Along the way, in my spare time, I started building sites for other people. It helps pay for my toys and gadgets. :)