I’ve been needing (and meaning) to make a portfolio site to show off my work – both creatively and industrially for a while now. I’ve had a barely-used subdomain for uploading art to for a while that served as a gallery, kinda. I use flickr, so the wordpress-installed-sub was almost never used.
Last night, I realized that I could actually use that for my portfolio and I wouldn’t have to go through the whole process of setting everything up again. The domain was already a little perfect (artist.kieryking.com) or at the very least, useable. Thus began hours of theming and tweaking and uploading and screenshot-taking and copywriting for my portfolio that didn’t come to an end until about 20 minutes ago.
I’m pleased because it works on so many levels – I offer services as a wordpress-website-setter-upper (okay, I call myself a website administrator, because I do a bit more than designing, but a smidgen less than developing – as I use frameworks that already exist. Basically, I just don’t know what to call myself that better suits what I do.) So it only made sense to use a wordpress install and a theme I spent hours perfecting and editing code to showcase my skill, my experience, my projects, and my art (shops).
For future ease, I’ve added the link to my portfolio in the navigation – so if you’d like to see what I do as far as web administration, art, film, and my book, it’s all there, with links!
Yesterday, the second website I created (and now, manage) went live! I made it for a local non-profit I worked with over Christmas last year (and hope to continue to work there in the winter, because it’s the best job ever) called Bruce Roberts Toy Fund.
Check it out at brucerobertstoyfund.com!
Besides that and Freeport Creative Arts, I’ve been working on revamping and monetizing youtube for the next season of KieryGeek. It’s sort of a happy/sad thing – because ads are sad, but stuff is fun! And as my job-that-gives-me-a-paycheck at the moment is in winter, it’d be nice to be able to raise a little money to help with production costs and the adventures that entails. So, I’m introducing my cafepress shop featuring KieryGeek and Kiery’s Fake Empire Merchandise!
I spent hours trying to custom design my cafepress storefront and I think it looks pretty good. Eventually, I think this will be integrated with my youtube channel like GeekandSundry’s.
I’ll have links to everything up on the sidebar, but you can see my Cafepress store at cafepress.com/empresskiery!
I had a list, right? I know it’s only been a week, but for some reason it seems to be a list of I’m-going-to-do-the-ones-that-involve-mail-but-maybe-not-anything-else instead. Which is great, actually, because I’ve accomplished several other big things since writing that list.
To help myself stay focused I occasionally make myself a “Things I want to do this week” list. This aids the I-already-filmed-now-what-do-I-do crisis of focus that has become a weekly phenomenon.
I use the phrase “want to do”, because saying things I “need to do” usually ends up leading me into a week of depression for not doing something I didn’t really even need to do in the first place. Instead of making myself a list of things I want to do this week, I decided to make a list of things I’d like to do this month.
Get to the Ruby Foundations badge of Team Treehouse. (13 badges to go)
Web design is out for today, but Alex set up a subdomain for me last night so you can play around with what I’ve got so far. Just hit up dev.kieryking.com/ and play around if you feel inclined. The form doesn’t actually do anything, but you can click all the buttons and write in the box. 🙂
I suppose I’ll go back to cleaning. I was working on my kitchen and cleaned out the litterbox (long overdue) so I’ll probably go back to the kitchen and find one last piece of art (or something) to exchange and put the fairies away.
I found this really great video tutorial on Web Design and Development by Team Treehouse. I’ve been watching them and all of the things I forgot about web design I’m now remembering. The beautiful thing about their videos though, is that 1) they start off with the current versions of html and css (HTML 5 and CSS 3) and 2) they INDENT!
Nothing is more annoying than un-indented and hard to read code. Maybe it’s because my husband writes lovely code and he’s the one who taught me, but when I view the source of pages and it’s all over the place and there aren’t any indents or easy ways to find what belongs where it’s really irritating. Admittedly, I don’t do this as much as I used to, but still.
Anyway, I watched the intro and the text series so far, and HTML 4/5 is much more simple than what I was writing a few years ago (xhtml). The videos are *really* basic too. Sometimes annoyingly so, because I already have a grasp on the language, but if someone is just starting out, they would be absolutely perfect (and hey, I love them) because they’re so easy to follow. Interestingly, they give a bit of background on the history of it too, which I found fascinating.
I downloaded MAMP and Alex did the thingy to connect it to my sites folder so I can practice locally, which is handy, but unfortunately, because it’s local, I can’t actually share linkage to my clever bits so a screenshot will have to suffice (it’s only HTML, nothing fancy at all).
Yesterday I spent the afternoon reading the most boring (and it’s not that boring) of the books from my most recent library trip. Low Budget Marketing For Small Businesses which talked a lot about websites and the internet (obviously). The book is a little old (2003) but I figured some ideas would probably help. Although, I kind of smiled to the Generation Y references because well, that’s my generation, haha (as I was like, 12 at the time the book was published). #notveryold. Still it has ben helpful and even though I won’t be buying words and can tweak my website by myself for the most part (and what I can’t do, I can ask my husband or other friends to help with, because we’re all a bunch of geeks) it helped with some ideas on how to fix my current website.
Every so often I go on this completely re-do everything spree, and over the last 2 years I think I’ve alternated between blog-front and static pages multiple times (at the moment, I’m back to static page, but with blog posts featured). I’ve also wanted it to look a little bit more…me. I like clean websites but I also like artsy ones. I think the design I came up with last night works pretty well for the present and seems to balance the two. Light shades of polkadots with my balloon logo. I thought about adding a fairy, because that’s my etsy logo, but it looked too crowded.
This is all just a work in progress, so please stay patient, as I’ll probably be changing things more later. O:)
Anyway, the most helpful tidbit I’ve gotten so far from the book was the who’s-your-target-worksheet. And I haven’t filled it out yet, but I’ve been thinking on it, and launched an experiment yesterday also, which, you would have seen if you follow me on twitter (free shipping code). However, I conveniently added my twitter accounts (and other things) to my sidebar, if you’d like to follow and find the code and use it in my etsy store.
Anyway, this latest round of changes goes to the marketing book. Thanks, Mr. Book! I’ll go back to reading now.