Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you’re scared.

[Edward Vernon Rickenbacker]

     A friend of mine was at the ticket counter at a small airport to buy a ticket on a small airline. The pilot greeted the ticket agent in passing and she asked, “Where are you going?”
     “To the end of the runway and get up courage,” he replied.

That is where I am right now — at the end of the runway getting up courage. I’ve posted on this web log for a week now. In the process, I’ve figured out how to add photos, create static pages, insert a bit of HTML mark-up to style and position text, manage the site elements and edit published material. I’ve also downloaded the files for setting up a web log on my own server and have read just enough documentation to be dangerous.

Where am I starting from? I’m basically, a graphic designer. Since I’ve been designing and producing websites as part of my business for a decade, I can write HTML, edit JavaScript and do other things that skirt the edges of programming. I am, however, not a programmer. When I need dynamic site content, I recruit the aid of a real programmer.

Web logs are, basically, dynamic web sites. That means, there are page and page-element templates with programming language that draw content from a data base on the fly and show the finished product in your web browser window. There is an administrative console in the back end where content can be entered into the data base in a way that doesn’t require much web-site-development knowledge.

My goal for this week to style a simple web log “look and feel” so it will appear seamless with my own web site design on my ISP server.

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