October 02, 2005
One Step Closer, Yet Miles Away
Hi there. I'm over here posting when I should be doing something else. I'm dealing with a case of writer's block, but not with the blog content. I am constantly debating myself about the style elements I want to use on the candidate pages.
I'm also trying to think about looking for work doing web design. It's not ironic, I guess, but it is unfortunate that I am holding myself up on implementing the one published thing I could show a potential employer. How does one break into the web design world, if one has never officially, professionally designed a web page? The Candidate Pages suite seems analogous to a demo recording a musician might take to a record company.
Perhaps I will just tell an interviewer, "hey, I built my first web page using only a UNIX-based text editor, in 1996." Maybe I can talk about my recent years of becoming fairly handy with SQL. Friends and readers: any other suggestions?
Part of my trouble is that I like gizmos. I have spent too much time today playing with a side menu that will follow the user down the page as she scrolls. However, that kind of thing is useful when the page is like my Tennessee House of Representatives example. I chose not to break up the 99 districts into multiple pages. I plan to [gulp] incorporate ads (tastefully, one would hope) onto these pages, and I don't want the ads shown to only those viewing the first couple or so districts' candidate info.
All right, I've moaned enough. Back to stylin' and profilin', as the saying used to go.