If you read my professional bio, you’ll notice that I once worked as a web designer. It wasn’t anything I ever did full time. Instead it was a hobby that I dabbled in on and off while I was in graduate school. It was a good side gig and I made a few bucks here and there, but it was never something I want to do for a living.
I got out of web design around the time Anna was born, but lately I’m getting the itch just a bit. Maybe it’s because I’m done with the book and I’m not quite decided on the next one yet. All I know is that I redesigned my professional site over the weekend, and I’m very happy with it and wanting to do a little more.
And just in time too, because I have my first client. A colleague and line editor who’s swapping a final edit of my manuscript for a web page.
After that, I have an idea for a photo site. Perhaps a project for April?
And then, come May, I’ll have a few examples to start a portfolio—a freelance writing page, a blog and a photo gallery—and get some more clients. It’s still not something I want to do full-time, but it might make a good side gig until I get some more paid writing work.
We’ll see how it goes.