A love-hate relationship

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I've always enjoyed playing on my computer.

I started out using it to keep a diary.

I took a BASIC computer class in college and set up a few simple programs, such as games and a simple bookkeeping system.

When I began work at the Gazette, I started at the local desk, typing obituaries, club notes and other local news.

I wanted to do more. I opened the Quark design program and started playing around with it.

Within a few weeks of discovering the program, I had it figured out well enough that I was "asked" to begin working on the Gazette's special projects. My first project was the Hunting Edition of 2001.

Somehow, because of my newfound skills in Quark, coupled with my passion for the outdoors, I was given the title of Outdoor Editor.

At about the same time, I received the honor of becoming the Special Editions Editor, all this in addition to my job covering all the local news and writing a weekly column.

I loved every minute of it.

This weekend, I decided to discover another wonderful tool found on the computer -- the Internet.

I have wanted to build a Web site for a long time. The only problem was, I didn't know where to start and I had no clue exactly why I needed a Web site.

Friday morning, I had an epiphany. I could use a Web site to advertise my publishing business, sell books from area authors and artists and provide a venue for artists to display their art.

The only problem was, I didn't know how. I called my oldest son to discuss it with him, but he had friends over and wasn't able to visit.

I'm not a patient person. I've always come to the conclusion that if someone else wouldn't help me, I would do it by myself just to prove to them I didn't need them after all. I got on the Internet and started reading the FREE information available.

Then I got down to the task at hand. First I purchased my domain name. I then I began developing the site.

It started out slowly, but as I began to understand the principles of Web design, it started to become clear to me.

I spent the whole weekend building the site, and while it still needs a little tweaking, it's finally up and running.

The Web site not only explains my editing and publishing business, but offers an opportunity for people from Nebraska to sell their art and books.

Anyone from across the county is welcome to submit their work, and I will add their site on separate pages.

You can visit the site at www.masonerbooks.com (be sure to use the www) and see what you think.

If you like what you see and would like to find out more, follow the contacts on the Web site to get in touch with me.

I really have a love-hate relationship with my computer -- most of the time I want to throw it out the window.

Right now, I'm thinking about buying it a dozen roses.

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