I am married to a computer geek going on twenty-six years now. I put my husband through school, so as an author needing a website, I naturally turned to him. We are lucky we aren’t divorced. He worked up a nice website for me… all in code. HTML code, I think that is what it’s called. As the creative one in our relationship, I think in pictures. Working with my husband, who could be a green-blooded Vulcan, tested more than our marriage. I’m lucky not to be serving time.
Every little change I needed left me frustrated, trying to explain my vision that he couldn’t see, and waiting for him to make time in his schedule. Fighting and hurt feelings usually resulted from working together. We can create children, but not a website. I do tend to be a perfectionist and I’m the first to admit, I can be difficult to work with. Hey, I want what I want when I want it.
Being an author means a lot to me. I’ve worked really hard and want to be successful and a website is an extremely important tool. I also hate waiting on other people to get things done. Yes, control freak too.
After two years of having my husband manage and update my website, he called me up from work and quit as my web designer. He gave me a song and dance about his job requiring more time — some truth there — but he could have given up some gaming time. I give up sleep to write.
I sat there depressed, worried, and stressed about what I was going to do. This was my career. A website was critical. I currently needed a lot of updating on the site as I had a new book coming out, and I was lost about what to do. Hiring another web designer wasn’t an option as with three kids in college and a senior in high school money didn’t exist. Doing it myself seemed impossible.
Enter my oldest daughter who is a very good mix of her father and I as she speaks geek and still understands my artistic point of view. She pointed me to Weebly.com and explained that I could design my own website. I didn’t believe her, but she showed up with caffeine and chocolate and talked me away from the edge. By the end of the weekend, I had a published website, and it’s better than what I had before. I have more material — including youtube videos — and it’s easier to navigate. But the best thing of all, I CAN UPDATE IT ANYTIME I WANT TO!
I am so very thankful my husband quit.
About the Author:
Tiffinie Helmer is an award-winning author who is always up for a gripping adventure. Raised in Alaska, she was dragged “Outside” by her husband, but escapes the lower forty-eight to spend her summers commercial fishing on the Bering Sea.
A wife and mother of four, Tiffinie divides her time between enjoying her family, throwing her acclaimed pottery, and writing of flawed characters in unique and severe situations.
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