Professionalism Sucks

Since I discovered the Internet my main aim in life was to become the world’s greatest designer/developer. I taught myself HTML, CSS and then when I realised there was a newer, better mark-up language (XHTML): I taught myself that too. I delved in to PHP and dabbled with JavaScript; have looked into Perl and I’m considering getting back into programming. Why? To be the best I can be at my job.

So, part of this learning involved a transition. To reflect my aims I’ve built up my website, knocked it down and started all over again. I’ve gone from large and colourful to tame, demure, simple. I remove one set of content to add another all in the name of becoming a professional.

Why? I don’t know. Professionalism sucks. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. I love my job (or rather, my old job) and I wouldn’t give up my career route for the world.. but does that mean that this website has to reflect it? Does it mean I have to stop messing with cutesy pixel clubs and stop joining pointless fanlistings? No. So why did I?

I don’t know what I’m on about to be honest. I think it’s the end of summer fidget-fest that everyone goes through. Elea got a new domain, Tiffany has almost completely given up on her weblog.. bla bla. I guess I just want to bring my stupidly wacky, loud and hypocritical personality back into my website — make it personal again. My nerdy ramblings and professionalism can go in the portfolio that I haven’t started yet that I will get ’round to. So, um, in the spirit of things.. comment and tell me one thing that makes a website “personal” to you. Yay.. a quiz!

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22 comments so far

  1. Gone Away said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 11:45 am

    Good for you; everyone should aspire to be the best in their field. Never give up. Pour your heart into the design and your mind into the content and you’ll achieve your ambition. :)

  2. MALCOLM LAMBE said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 11:46 am

    Nice writing but you’ve blanded the site right out. Come back to us baby!

  3. Tiddley said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 12:13 pm

    I miss the old versions of your website. Like.. I dunno.. I just did. :P I remember reading ramblings and well.. stuff. My memory officially sucks. What makes a website personal.. hmm.. being able to put what you like in it without fear of being any less elite. o__O Does that count/ make sense? Nyeh. *blinks* Load of help I am..

  4. tabii said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 1:30 pm

    I don’t know about anyone else, but what makes a website ‘personal’ to me is using every idea I have for it, whether or not someone else has done it, or if it’s better than mine.. Mostly doing what I want, writing what I want, and just not giving a damn about anyone else. Also, my website is ‘personal’ to me because it expands my personal knowledge of things web-related. I’m a learning fiend, so that makes me happy.

  5. Rosemarie said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 3:11 pm

    Why not just keep everything professional but have your personal/blog site a subdomain where you whatever you like to do? As for what makes a personal site personal… I can’t say I know. When I see a real personal site, I can tell, just because it has that FEEL to it… but I don’t know exactly what that feel is =/ As for end-of-summer itches.. what about constant itches, where your site never feels ‘right’ or that it ‘belongs’ to you? I get like that ALLL the time O_o

  6. Joni said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 3:12 pm

    On my website I put up what interests me without much thought on “will my visitors like it?”, because, quite frankly, the website is mine, it’s about me, and reflects who I am…so that makes it personal. I mean, I do like to do stuff that interests visitors and I do care about them, but seriously, my content mostly has to do with my personal interests. Since I like pixel clubs (and pixels in general) most of my content reflects around this interest. When I get interested in something else my site reflects that too, but I don’t take down my old contect because I like to collect stuff, but I do try to keep it neat! I don’t know if this is what you were looking for, but it’s my two cents on the subject.

  7. Andrea said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 3:44 pm

    I think the website is truly personal when you have it how you want to have it. That sounds overly simplistic, but that’s just my opinion.

  8. Kim said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 4:21 pm

    Having less for your visitor (ex: SOTM, games, etc), and more about you. Unless of course you wrote those games yourself. I don’t know. I just have up on my website stuff I’ve either created for fun, or information about the things that I like. Which this reminds me, I have some content I need to add to it…

  9. Jennifer said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 4:52 pm

    ooh ooh! talk about what you brought at the mall, rant about ..unfair stuff… is and ..i dont know.. :P lmfao just ..personal stuff?

  10. Lindsey said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 5:00 pm

    To me, the thing that makes a personal site personal is the issue of really being able to tell who a person is by their voice. I want to read someone’s blog, or bio, or what have you, and be able to get a feel for their personality.

  11. Jennifer said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 5:11 pm

    What makes a website personal to me? When people incorporate their personality throughout it. Blogs that revolve around a person’s life rather than just politics and current events… Whacky photos, statements, etc.

  12. Kathleen said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 5:32 pm

    Something that makes a website personal to me is people’s opinions; how you feel about your life, and how you feel about everything. Also, incorporate your life into the website. Just be you, except in words.

  13. Tiffany said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 7:29 pm

    You know, I totally, totally, totally agree with this post. It’s been a while since I’ve wanted (not necessarily could, but wanted) to say that to one of your posts. :D What makes a website personal? It’s hard to say what makes a website personal. Something, I suppose, that makes me feel like I know the person, or at least sort of. Something where the parts of a person that make that person who they are are allowed to shine through. As for me… aye aye. :( I really want to do something with my weblog, but I don’t know what. I really hope I find something soon, because, quite honestly, I miss blogging. In a generic sort of way; not the sort of way that I want to blog. I want something to blog about.

  14. Stephanie said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 8:16 pm

    What makes a website personal? You.

  15. Chelsea said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 10:08 pm

    I believe a site is personal when it reflects who the creator is.

  16. Vera said:
    On September 15, 2005 at 11:24 pm

    well, I DO find your site highly personal. To me it ‘reeks’ (in a very good way) of YOU, Jem. It’s all about how you feel, what you think, what you were and what you’ve become. So, basically if you want to have pixels, go ahead and make them, put them on the site. I’ve adhered to the philosophy that as long as YOU would peuse your own site without getting bored out of your mind, chances are that most people will feel the same. In conclusion: just put anything that you feel like putting.

  17. Max said:
    On September 16, 2005 at 1:49 am

    I say go ahead with a more personal website – what is best for you is what matters. I could sense that you could equate professionalism with perfectionism in this entry. And I also think perfectionism sucks, though it rules us all.

  18. Jen said:
    On September 16, 2005 at 1:54 am

    To me, a website can be on the top scale of professionalism, or simply reeking to the edges in personality, but I will not, nay I could not, appreciate it as much as I would a site that balanced the two together. It’s all about balance, and putting the two together. Frankly, I don’t know what could make your site (or mine for that matter), more personal. Just thinking about it makes me highly discouraged in some strange way. To me, it is more a feeling that doesn’t come to you until you’re presented with that completeness. But there is one way: You put yourself, and your interests first and foremost. Anything to do with the visitor is secondary. (That is to say, if accessibility matters to you, even though it has to do with the visitor, then it is still to be first and foremost.)

  19. Emily said:
    On September 16, 2005 at 4:06 am

    For me, a personal site has no boundaries when it comes to what you do with it because it’s yours and anything goes. And I like the fact you change constantly, and don’t keep it the same old to please others. It’s what makes your site so great. :)

  20. Amanda said:
    On September 16, 2005 at 6:12 am

    When everything is self-created. Copy and pasting generic content is bad and boring.

  21. Jordie said:
    On September 16, 2005 at 6:36 am

    I can only repeat what others have said. But why do I get the impression that you are measuring your website against someone else’s standards?

  22. Bekki said:
    On September 16, 2005 at 6:48 am

    I think a site is made personal when the owner includes what s/he wants without worrying about what other people find enjoyable in a site. You shouldn’t worry about what impression you are giving to other people because it’s your webspace and your time you’re spending working on it. As long as you enjoy yourself it shouldn’t matter what others think.