I'll raise my hand on that one....
The graphic was cool. Very official. Very important looking.
I didn't know a thing about HTML at the time and was just winging it with regard to other aspects of web design. I mean seriously, I didn't know squat. I was making more mistakes than I was doing things right, then correcting the mistakes.
Kids don't try this at home. It's the worst possible way to learn.
I was just banging around because a dumb motorcycle accident meant I couldn't hang sheetrock anymore and I didn't know what else to do. I was sort of lost and the web gave me a new home, although it took it's time to sink in.
That Writers Guild thing... they hit me for a hand out every now and then but other than that left me alone. And they said I knew how to write HTML, this when I was barely wrapping my head around basic tags.
It's a heady thing I guess. I was a little harsh on it ealrlier but after going back on my own experiences I think I'd better come back down to earth because I was right there too. I mean hell, I was in the middle of it. Anything that could help me validate what I was trying to do got moved to the front burner.
No disrespect Lucy.. I don't know how it is with women. When a guy loses his livelyhood and has to start over from scratch, he does it in a hurry. I did anyway. I went from the top of my profession, an industry leader, to a puke who laid on his back for a year before he could even walk again... And it got big. It overcame everything. My assessment of me. My personal evaluation. My need to be recognized at being good at something - anything...
My sense of self worth was shot. My confidence, once at an all time high, was gone.... I turned work down in the 80's because I couldn't get to it, or subbed it out to someone else. Now I couldn't work at all. I was in debt up to my ass because I have a tendency to bet on the come card and she wasn't comming... (This is 5 card draw.. Not this Texas #*$! everybody plays these days.)
So yeah.. I was looking for awards too. I was even approached by sites offering me awards and doesn't THAT look good to a wounded ego? It did to mine.
Everybody had a catch though. The writers guild rocknbil mentioned was one of the best. I approached them, sure as hell I'd get shot down. 3 days later they sent me a link and authorization to use their graphic. Never asked me if I knew a single line of code or anything...
Cool. I loved it. It was validation and I was needing that. I was looking for it.
Sorry for so many words. I'm just trying to clean this up a little bit. I came down pretty hard on "awards" earlier and I had no right to, especially seeing as how I was right in the middle of it when it was going on.
My apologies.... To you especially Lucy.
[edited by: wyweb at 10:50 pm (utc) on May 16, 2011]