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I started my first site, about fishing, on July 4th of last year. I put it up because I wasn't a good fisherman and wanted to learn more about it.
What I discovered was being a webmaster has advantages beyond what I expected. It's INSTANT authority. It's a POWERFUL job that can sway people to an opinion. It's DANGEROUS to do when you've been tipping the late-night adult beverages:>)
I just finished having a meeting with the representatives of Minnesota DNR and North Dakota Game and Fish. I called the meeting to hash out some border water problems with tournament fishing.
What were my credentials? Webmaster. That's it. As webmaster I'm pretty well known in 3 states, and in Canada. I'm not known for FISHING, but for a lousy set of hobby websites. (Which happen to score very high in SERP's thanks to THIS site:>)
Has anyone else found out something they never expected to get by being a webmaster?
Money? Power? Fame? Sued? Bought out?
So why did you become a webmaster?
For me, it is really a fun job. I never though I could make the transition from buidling doorway pages to designing full on sites but I learn something new every day. It is a combination of creativity, compiling information, and making good resources (and a little money), that is really motivating.
First of all, the money. It pays the bills for me and keeps food on my table. Second of all, it allows me as much free time as I need. If I need a day or two off to do something I can do that knowing my sites are still there making money. Third is the freedom. If I get an idea for a site I can research it and build it whenever I want. I don't have any specific job description or formula I need to follow.
Those are a few of the better reasons I can think of.
Ran for city council, lost by 92 votes. I took on a 'junior mayor' and nearly beat him.
I've been asked to host fishing reports 2 times a week on a local radio station.
I get free guided fishing trips.
The TV station of our city uses my website to get fishing reports for their weekly fishing reports.
It's a weird thing. Don't get me wrong....I like it! It's just weird that I can get to this level...sipping my beer....smoking my Marboro...all in the comfort of my favorite chair.
I can't thank you folks-Brett espescially-for providing this resource. Without it, I'd be on page 342 of a SERP instead of where I am now.
I do the design for myself - its great and it is a power trip. I can say my thoughts and people read them and take into account what I said. I do the web design as a hobby and a few extra bucks. The SEO goes hand in hand with the web designing it gives me the oportunity to fine-tune the site the way it needs to be and stick whatever info I want on it.
I love competition :) Or maybe crushing competition (:
Seriously, give it 12 months and hopefully I'll be making a living.
I hear what you're saying about the power though. I'm on the edge of having more local recognition as a web-guru than I want... and a load more than I deserve given my (currently) limited skillset. But relative to most people locally, I'm miles ahead of the game. *shrug*
Plus if my daytime (non-SEO/web) job ever vanishes, this is something I may be able to pursue as a replacement job, if I ever get to the stage where I think that I'd be good enough to have a fair stab at it. Way to go yet, but its an option.
(I still can't get over people from all over the www taking time out to read/view my humble pages either! this is a fascinating hobby)
p.s: the bathrobe thing wouldn't be too bad either....
The one thing I can say is that it's the coolest job one can have.
POWER. We all know that those who have the power to control the masses are the successful ones. The Internet gives us all a chance to do just that.
FREEDOM. You can wake up at 10 in the morning if you want to. You can be wherever you want to be and still be able to do your job. It's not work that people hate, it's the lack of freedom, the 9to6 schedule that drives you nuts and sometimes makes you feel so miserable.
still and all, us old gits can't be too fussy
I'm in it because it's a chance to make good money doing something I care about...when either factor ceases to be there I'll be off to do something else
Basically it consisted of walking round a machine all day, watching wool move through a machine - and making sure the wool moves. Oh, and keep the place clean too. 8 hours a day.
I make more money doing this, now, semi-part-time! I spend most of it learning new things. I don't have to look at any wool either ;)
Seriously, its a great job to have, so I'm hoping that webmastering won't go as out of date and boring as textile manufacturing once was in the Scottish Borders :)