Do It With Style or Don't Do It at All
It takes courage to build a website...to "show your stuff," for all the world to see.
Building a website, not only takes courage, but it takes good ideas; writing skills; computing skills; page composition skills, and a ton of problem-solving and decision making abilities.
Building a successful website requires that a person be a "learner" and a "doer" in all these technologies. For those who are not "learners and doers," will never get to this level.
But, I think one of the most important elements in all this, in my view, is something we don't hear a lot about...style! And, I think style is one of the most important, because it serves as a base for building anything in the first place.
Style: "a manner or mode of expression"
All of us have our own identity...our own fingerprints...our own personality...our likes and dislikes. Style, therefore, is who we are, and what makes us happy.
I cannot dress in a cowboy hat and boots, because it's not my style...it would not make me happy.
Over my first year online, I have visited hundreds of websites, on my Learning and Getting Acquainted Expedition. I have seen an explosion of creativity unleased all over the world. I have been impressed with the inventive and imaginative websites all these people have put together to express themselves. And, one thing they all have in common...they have discovered their own style...on which to build and then to show the world...with a primary goal of making the website owner happy.
Many years ago, I started wood carving, and I began by carving cartoon-
like characters, because I've always liked to make people laugh.
But, when I took a few pieces to show at a gallery in town, the gallery owner rejected them, because she was looking for more serious pieces, and with a southwest theme. (I live in New Mexico USA). Carvings of cowboys; indians; roadrunners; santos; bulls...pieces that tourists would buy.
Well...I had no intention of carving cowboys and indians for the rest of my life...just to make a buck. It was not my style! I had to do then...as I have to do now, make things that make me happy.
Over the years, I've carved over 250 individual pieces and scenes, and some pretty silly stuff including: Parents Running Away From Home;
Flu Bug Sick In Bed With The Flu; and scenes from Bedlam General Hospital and Infidelity Bank and much more. I've sold everything I've
ever made, and everytime I would sell a silly piece, I would ask the buyer why he or she bought the piece, and the answer was always the same:
"I like it,... it's funny" Humor and making people laugh makes me happy, and that's why I've been in it for so long...it's my style!
So, for those of you who may be struggling with the issue of style...I'll offer a few tips:
* Be yourself. Never, never copy anyone for any reason. There's
only one Elvis; one Lucy; one Liberace; one Erma Bombeck
* Develop your own style, and stay with it. Don't let anybody sway you
in a direction you're not happy with.
* It takes courage to take chances with your ideas, but do so with
* Everyone is creative in their own way...some more than others. Be
patient...it will all come to you with time.
* You can't please everyone, so don't even try.
And, most of all...do the things that make YOU happy first...and do
it with style!