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"Blood, Sweat and Tears!!"

Blood, Sweat and Tears!! by jane My first ... was web tv. There area lot of good features on web tv. That's why Istill have web tv today. I learned a lot of theweb 'lingo' and played every FREE

Blood, Sweat and Tears!!
by jane

My first 'computer' was web tv. There are
a lot of good features on web tv. That's why I
still have web tv today. I learned a lot of the
web 'lingo' and played every FREE lotto I could
find. I loved the different games that I found
on the internet to play. It was a whole new
world. I did some research, collected jokes,
recipes and information on the stock market.

One day, totally by accident, I subscribed to an
ezine that was talking about making money on
the internet I thought that was only for
programmers! I started subscribing to more ezines
that talked about internet marketing. I decided
this was something I wanted to do, but I knew I
needed more knowledge. I found the website:
http:/ hirdage.com . WOW! This site really
opened up a lot of avenues for me. They offered
FREE courses! I dug right in. I was thrilled
when I finished the first course, took a final
exam and got a certificate (which I considered a
diploma), that I could print out on my printer!
I will never forget the feeling of
accomplishment and pride. I showed it to
everyone that came to visit. They probably could
care less, but it was a big deal to me. I still
have that certificate today. It's framed and
hanging on my office wall. After I had a few
courses under my belt, I figured, 'I can do
this!'. Boy, I really didn't know what I was in
for.

I had some software that came with my computer,
so I decided to get started building my
first website. After a lot of attempts and
failures, I finally got a web site built that I
was proud of. It was exactly the way I wanted it.

Ok, that was done. Now I needed a domain name.
I got that done with no problem. Next I needed a
host. I quickly found out that I didn't need
just any host, but a host that could and would
deal with a newbie. That was a tough one to
solve. I went through about five different
hosts before I ended up with the host I now
have: http://linkopp.com I think sometimes he
got impatient with me at first, but soon
learned that he was dealing with a GENUINE
newbie and I wasn't going to give up. He has
proved to be very patient and helpful, which is
what I needed.

My host was a very busy man, so he assigned me
a sponsor. That way I could bug him. We
communicated by email for a while, but he saw
quickly that I needed more help than email could
give. He asked me if I could call him. It
just so happened that my daughter had given me
a three hour phone card as a gift, so I said,
'sure, no problem.'. I was so excited! I couldn't
hardly wait for the day and time we had
set-up for the phone call....................

I was so excited!! The day had finally come! My
site would be up on the internet! Imagine! My own
site!

I called my sponsor, Gary McLeod
http://www.mack49.com , and he worked with me to
get the site uploaded. Since I had a three hour
phone card, I wasn't worried about the cost. I
thought to myself, 'Oh, we'll have time to get
acquainted.'. Boy, was I wrong ! We tried, and we
tried, and we tried, to no avail ! We would get
the site uploaded and have two of everything !
That certainly wouldn't do ! After three hours,
yes three hours, the phone cut us off. I
immediately called him back. He decided that it
was the software I was using. I sent him the html
and sure enough, it wasn't right. Back to the
drawing board !

You talk about discouraged ! I was ready to pack
up this computer and send it back to Gateway and
go back to my 'safe' web tv.

Now I had to start all over, after months of
working and struggling to build that web site
just the way I wanted it.

I had heard so many good things about Front Page
2000, but couldn't see investing $150 for the
software, when I had already paid $99 for the
software I was using. This time I knew I was on
my own. No way could I afford another three hour
phone call ! I thought about it for a few days.

I read about netscape in an ezine. I thought,
'jane, how could you be so dumb?' ! You can use
netscape to build your website ! That was a joke!
I have to compare Netscape to the directions for
putting together an item you just purchased. How
many times have I bought something that I had to
put together ! The directions are so 'easy',
aren't they? You will be lucky if they printed
out the full directions. There are always
'fading' letters, I call them, which leaves you
trying to figure out what those letters are so
that you can put the item together.

Let's not even discuss the wizards ! As far
as a newbie is concerned, they might as well not
be there! I didn't talk their language and they
didn't talk mine!

That didn't work. either ! What to
do............... ........... Well, I decided to
go ahead and purchase Front Page 2000. Months
before, I had purchased Terry Dean's Busn. 2000
package, which contained a video on how to use
Front Page 2000 to build your web pages. I have
to say that I have found Front Page 2000 to be
the easiest piece of software I have used, once
I got to know my way around it. Between the video
and the software, I managed to get my website
up and running. When I did the feedback forms
for my site, I would watch the video, pause it,
work with the forms, back to the video
........you get the picture. Anyway, I DID IT!!
It was time for me to upload my pages to my
host's server. With Front Page, this was a snap.
Just click on publish web and it was off and
running. Once I got the pages published, I
couldn't wait to view my website! I typed my URL
into the browser and waited. Error page. I got
an error page! What happened? I uploaded the
pages. Where were they? I immediately emailed my
sponsor. I told him that I had uploaded my
pages, but they weren't there! He emailed me
back, all calm and cool, and told me to go into
my control panel and upload the index.htm. I did
this, although I was highly skeptical. I just
knew that I was going to have to begin all over
again! But, guess what, It worked!! I finally had
my website up! All I could do was look at it
and cry!! I actually DID IT!!! (with a little
help from my friends).

I wrote this story about how I got my website
up to encourage all of you out there that are
struggling with whatever:

1) NEVER give up!! 2) Read ezines--they help!!
3) Ask for help. There are people out there
that are willing to help you. 4) YOU CAN DO
IT!!!!

I still have a lot to learn about the world wide
web, but I am willing to learn and it will
come in time, when I'm ready to receive it. One
thing I am learning is patience. Patience has
never been one of my strengths, but it's
becoming one dealing with the web. I am
meeting a lot of great people and doing
something that I love to do along the way. The
lasting friendships, doing something I enjoy and
yes, even the failures and triumphs of learning
are all worth the 'BloodPsychology Articles, Sweat and Tears'

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jane Fulton is owner and webmistress of:
http://janes-place.com janes-place is dedicated
to helping newbies. If you are new to the internet,
you need to sign-up for Newbie & Affiliate SOS
Newsletter and learn to use your computer like a pro!
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