Why would someone try to run their professional and personal sites together? So you’re probably wondering what this is all about. Why else would you click the “about” link? 😉
I have been doing web and graphic for web work for several years now, but never actually had my own portfolio page until late into 2002. I chose the name novapages because it reminded me of renewal. There are so many pages out there on the net that just need a little TLC. So I came up with a tagline, “Refresh Your Page”, and put together a little portfolio & sales pitch hoping to snag some clients.
But I never felt at ease with my new site. Though it was crisp and clean, to me it also seemed stale and boring. If anyone needed a page refreshed it was me!
For a while I thought it was that my design wasn’t exciting enough, so I created several different layouts, posting at least four redesigns, and scrapping many others right here on my computer. Then it finally occurred to me that my problem was the image I was trying to convey.
I have a personality; my buisness page did not. I guess I thought it would seem more professional that way. It probably did. But I wasn’t having fun with it, and I doubt anyone ever visited twice.
Meanwhile my personal website was thriving, despite the endless popup ads my free host applied. Not only was I having more fun with that site, but I was getting more comments and job leads through it than I had from Novapages.
So finally it dawned on me that I should abandon the polished image I was trying to achieve and just be me. I decided to combine my personal and buisness pages. If that’s unprofessional, so be it. I finally have a page I can be comfortable with.
I hope you enjoy your visit, I hope you will come back often, and I hope that if you need a little something done with your page you will think of me.