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Welcome to ABDPBT Tech

Welcome to ABDPBT Tech

Photo by makubexkun

Photo by makubexkun

In recent months, I’ve been getting more and more questions about my site and how I program it. In the interest of full disclosure, I should let you know that I don’t have any kind of web designer working with me on this site. I have always done everything myself, and this is why sometimes you will see some kind of bug or imperfection, and then it gets fixed after a few days of it annoying you every time you visit the site!

I decided that there was a need for a tech/web design/blogging informational site geared toward the parenting blogging community. With information ranging from the very very basics to an intermediate level, my goal is to make ABDPBT tech into a site that can help you make your blog into a full-service, fully designed website. To the extent that I know how to do it, that is.

My background in tech is pretty limited. As you might already know, I went to school for English literature, but while I was in graduate school, I happened to attend a University with an English Department that was very interested in keeping abreast of technological developments. As a result, we had a lot of grant money devoted to building course websites and the like, so I learned very basic information about html and early web design while I was there. This provided a basic foundation for messing around on the web, but my understanding was very limited and without much formal training to speak of.

When I started a blog a year ago, I started trying to teach myself more about web design and blogging platforms. I’ve slowly learned things on my own and my site’s quality has grown as my knowledge base has grown. Though it would have been nice to splurge on a professional web design, I always felt I’d be better off teaching myself the basics, because then I wouldn’t find myself using a site that I couldn’t fix or change on my own. Though there have been times I’ve kicked myself for this decision, I think it’s overall been one that has served me well. I do think my husband might feel differently, though, since I have heard him say on occasion, “Oh, you’re coding. Well, I might as well just go to sleep, then.”

ABDPBT Tech is where I share what little knowledge I’ve gained from the past year or so that I’ve spent buried in CSS. I figured that there are plenty of CSS tricks sites out there, but all of them presume that you have some kind of basic programming, web design or just general tech savvy to begin with, and as such they are not particularly useful for the average mainstream blogger. So consider this your translation site: CSS for dummies, or CSS for “fuzzies.” I cannot promise a perfect trip into the land of web design, but I can promise that I’ll be able to explain to you in plain english what we’re trying to do.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey, and look forward to the next post, where I discuss blogging platforms and the various beginning movements towards setting up a blog and getting your web design education jump-started.

Comments (5)

  1. Jun 15, 2009

    Okay, good, because I need someone to spoon-feed this to me.

    Also, it’s a little irritating that you’re an English major who is also good at tech stuff…like those supermodels who turn out to also have a brain. So you pretty much owe the rest of us.

  2. Jun 15, 2009

    Well, I’m not really good at it, I’m just stubborn so I keep plugging at it until I figure it out. But fair enough. I figure I can act as an ambassador to the people who actually do know what they are doing.

  3. Jun 15, 2009

    Also, I thought what might be helpful would be to implement a workshop of sorts–like today we’re all going to work on fixing our headers, or whatever, and then we can help each other. I’m also open to suggestions on this point.

  4. Jun 15, 2009

    Yeah, this is just what I need. I’ve been ’round and ’round on this – pay someone to just do the whole damn thing or figure it out myself – and what I have done is pay someone to teach me some basics. Because I don’t even know if I could follow your workshops without some one-on-one first.

  5. Jun 15, 2009

    Well, the good part is that you can ask questions, etc. But regardless of whether you learn some stuff from one-on-one, there are always new things to learn. The first few weeks will be really basic getting a blog started stuff, so there won’t be a whole lot of new stuff right off the bat. I need to have archives to direct people to when they’re starting from scratch.

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