I built my first web site in 1995 on AOL from my 286 PC that was placed in my kitchen because that offered the best access to the telephone line which I needed for my 9600 baud modem.
It was called Dancing Thunder’s Playground because Dancing Thunder is my soul-name. In those days it was common practice to not use your real name so I went by Dancing Thunder. I was a newly divorced mom of two, ages 2 and 5, and determined I would not depend on anything or anyone. So, I taught myself HTML, tables and how to animate images.
Three months later, I had my first job in web design. I beat out the smart programmer guy, I was told, because I sent a thank you note in HTML and I took the time to animate their company mascot. During 1996 and 1997 I was completely immersed in all things Internet and search engines. Back then it was not known as SEO or search engine optimization. We called it Web Site Promotion.
By 1998 I had built, maintained and submitted 13 web sites to search engines for my employer, and freelancing at night in SEO. In August 1998 the Cre8pc Web Site Promotion club was launched in Egroups (later Yahoo! Clubs). I had already built a site called Cre8pc.com where I taught search engine optimization and how to submit to all the search engines and directories that existed back then. The name “cre8pc” was chosen because it’s the license plate on my car. It means “create peace”, but everyone just calls it “create P C”.
I can see and feel the whole web site experience.
Still a single mom, my career and skills developed as I craved to know more and more. By 2002 I made the decision to go solo as a consultant and work from home. Cre8pc became a business. I relaunched the web site promotion club as Cre8asiteforums in August 2002 and sold it to Jim Boykin of Internet Marketing Ninjas in September 2012.
Today I’m remarried, the kids are grown, and I stopped consulting so I could join Internet Marketing Ninjas where I am their Usability and User Interface Analyst. I write a weekly blog post on their blog that comes out each Tuesday and I was also hired to continue my role as Administrator for Cre8asiteforums. I still work from my home office but head up to Ninjas Headquarters whenever I want to.
I’m one of the few persons in the world trained in user experience web design, human factors, usability, accessibility, Internet software QA functional and usability testing, information architecture, user personas and search engine optimization and marketing.
And in case you couldn’t tell, I love this stuff.