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Any advice for a new "full time" webmaster?

     
12:02 am on Apr 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In 3 weeks I am 103 days of no school, no job, and no social life (friends are going home for summer vacation).

This is going to be my first time working "full time" on my site. For the past 2 years I have been working only a few hours at a time because of school/work/social life but finally I get to dedicate myself.

What advice would you give someone new to working on websites full time (15+ hours a day)?

1:56 am on Apr 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What advice would you give someone new to working on websites full time (15+ hours a day)?

Don't work on them 15+ hours a day.

3:22 am on Apr 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Try not to waste too much of that time doing irrelevant stuff. If it takes 15 hours it takes 15 hours.
4:23 am on Apr 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Try to keep web site maintenance low as you can, so you can do other things, such as promotion, customer support and still have some free time to do whatever.
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take a shower everyday!
2:29 am on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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15 hours? You'll be hating life in 12 months... take 15 hours and plan on what you want to accomplish in the coming months.

Gotta take time for yourself so that you can be happy too right...

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15 hours a day for 103 days
3:06 am on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What advice would you give someone new to working on websites full time (15+ hours a day)?

Don't make this a solid commitment, even to yourself.

Instead, plan to work as much as you can while maintaining some balance between ....

1: actual site building,
2: time away from the computer to think through what you are building,
3: time to interact with other people (even if the site becomes the topic of discussion),
4: general recreation time.

You might still end up spending 15 hours a days on the site, but it won't be because of a commitment you end up being unable or unwilling to honor and that ends up dragging down your enthusiasm and vision for it.

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What advice would you give someone new to working on websites full time (15+ hours a day)?

Start faxing your resume for an 8 hour job.

5:26 am on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Start faxing your resume for an 8 hour job.
If I would have done that I would not be making half of the money I am making now. :)
6:14 am on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What advice would you give someone new to working on websites full time (15+ hours a day)?

  • Get a 36 cup stainless steel coffee brewer.
  • Start with a review of the basics. Brett's 26 Steps, et al.
  • Start surfing your competition, and anything else. Looking all the time at structure, layout and content. What can you learn there?
  • Add content. Update existing content.
  • Work on promotion.
  • Let the pizza delivery guy know that you have an interest in any refused orders.
  • Master any programming languages you know. Learn another programming language.
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