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I've been self employed for a few years now working on my sites and making a living as best I can. I've enjoyed my time out of the rat race and don't intend to give it up any time soon.
Occasionally though, you have to fill in a form or tell someone what you do for a living. Personally I find that quite challenging because there isn't really a box to tick or a name for this kind of thing that is easily recognisable.
You're a webmaster? Sounds a bit pretentious and like someone who is full of themselves. How can you master the web?
You're a publisher. Sounds dull and boring, you get this image of books, magazines, newspapers and stuffy people working to deadlines. Not exactly something exciting and cutting edge and cool.
Personally, I just mumble a bit about web publishing and hope no one has noticed. But it's a bit of a tough one though. I'd be interested to know how others describe the way they earn their daily crust!
How can you master the web?
As much as many do not like Wikipedia their description of Webmaster is pretty good:
A webmaster (portmanteau of web and postmaster), also called a web architect, web developer, site author, website administrator, or (informally) webmeister, is a person responsible for maintaining a website(s). The duties of the webmaster may include ensuring that the web servers, hardware and software are operating accurately, designing the website, generating and revising web pages, replying to user comment, and examining traffic through the site.
An alternative definition of webmaster is a businessperson who uses online media to sell products and/or services. This broader definition of webmaster covers not just the technical aspects of overseeing Web site construction and maintenance but also management of content, advertising, marketing and order fulfilment for the Web site.
Core responsibilities of the webmaster may include the regulation and management of access rights of different users of a website, the appearance and setting up website navigation. Content placement can be part of a webmaster's responsibilities, while content creation may not be.
If that's what you do then you're probably a Webmaster:-)
Revel in the glory and sunshine, it's a pity for many of us who have grown up with and realistically developed the web, that there is no actual formal qualification which we can use...how about Dr HuskyPup WSc[Hons]? :-) Lol...
I usually just say I'm a web developer... web publisher... or website owner... I typically confuse folks since I myself am confused as to what to call myself...
And then when they what does a "xyz" person do? Well then they really glaze over I as try to explain how I spend my time researching, testing, fighting spammers, scrapers and hackers, moderating, advertising (both buying and selling ad), software development, server maintenance and security...and running all aspects of the business side of things...
Then the subject usually changes at that point and I'm off the hook... ;-)
While I fit Wiki's definition of a "webmaster", I too don't like the sound of it... Anything with "master" in it sounds a bit snooty... ;-)
To me, it sounds like a hired hand. ("I'm the Webmaster at Widgetco--I keep an eye on the servers, update the pages, and delete comment spam from the customer blog.")
remember that they or someone they know needs a website
Yep, an all singing and dancing full ecommerce site for less than $100 or even better, free!
<off topic moment>If you get enticed into doing one of those for free make sure it's something you enjoy. I run a couple for free for a local bar and a hotel and, honestly, on an annualised basis I get much more in value with free drinks than I could ever get paid for the sites!</off topic moment>
First, I don't want to give out any info that can be used against me, even unintentionally. Nobody can keep a secret and word is bound to get around. Someone who's resentful could try to mess it up with bogus clicks. Why would someone do that? I don't know. People are weird.
Next, if my employer knew the amount then that might go against me at raise time. They might feel that my AdSense income already puts me at a financial advantage against my peers. They're not supposed to do that, but they're only human and they might be somehow compelled to help the other guy at my expense.
Call me paranoid, I know. But I just don't talk about my website income in the real world. Or even online, come to think of it...
If it's Joe Blow Cashier and I don't want to chit-chat, I "work for an Internet company." If it's at a party and I'm talking to a hot girl, I "own my own Internet company." :)
Seriously, I'll usually start with something like I "have my own Internet company" or I "have an online travel agency." The way the conversation goes affect how I continue . If it's a technical person, I'll probably get into the details of the languages I use; otherwise, I keep it more vague (like development or programming or database work).