I am still struggling with the blog and website stuff. I was today dismayed to learn via email from GoDaddy, my new best friends, that my little 5 page website had exceeded my bandwidth limit. Imagine my surprise. I called them, I think I spoke with Eric this time - his wife is fine now, over her cold, and his aunt Alice is thinking of planting her garden a little early this year - and he suggested I check my backup files. I had several, and now I have none, and my bandwidth limit issue is resolved.
The lesson here is simple. Learn how to do it right the first time, and it will take care of you for a long time. Just like concrete paving.
This is the first time I have ever created a website. Like many first time endeavors, I didn't get everything right the first time.
I find this a little like building with concrete. If I do this wrong, many people will see it (well, ok, maybe not many, but a few) for a long time, and I will get to live with the consequences for a long time.
I guess it is a little like building with asphalt, too. If I find something wrong, I can go back and teach myself more about website building, and simply re-do it. It doesn't take too long, but it takes valuable time and energy.
This economy is also evident in this endeavor. I should be hiring a professional, someone who really knows their stuff, to do this. I advocate retaining professional engineering advice all the time. The issue is there just isn't enough money to do that right now, so I have become close friends with the GoDaddy technical support staff who no doubt cringes when they see my account number come up on their screen at the call center. There are pretty strong similarities between where I am now and pavements. For years there has been recognition that while concrete is the better, more long lived and lower life cycle cost pavement, folks just haven't had the money to cover the additional up front costs.
That also has changed. Now, even a civil engineer can build a pretty decent website. And, thanks to high oil prices, refiners are now able to afford the cokers to convert what used to go into asphalt into fuel. As a result, concrete pavements now cost about the same, and often even less first cost than asphalt pavements, and last a LOT longer. In Seattle, we drive on concrete streets 60-80 years old all the time, while WSDOT says asphalt lasts about 13 years without major reconstruction or overlays. If you can't afford the overlays, concrete is the only way to go.
So, corny as it sounds, concrete is the GoDaddy of 2010... Thank God for GoDaddy, and for concrete too.
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