As I mentioned in the last post, I started this blog because I wanted somewhere that I can record my progress of learning.
But why, in the first place, did I wanted to make my own website? It costs a few bucks to get your own domain. Moreover, why did I wanted to code by my own? And should you do the same thing?
Way to brand myself
Since I decided to study entrepreneurship, I was looking for the tool to somehow brand myself. At first, I thought of making business cards so that I can present myself when I need someone new. Then I realized normal business cards are physical and you can’t present yourself to someone who’s not near you, or people can’t access to you if they lost the business card. After that realization, I wanted something accessible and non-physical.
As I kept thinking of ways to brand myself, I came to the conclusion that my own unique email address (not Gmail or school email address) is a great way to be professional and also standout.
I googled how I can get my own email address and found that I need to get a domain. “DOMAIN!!! Then I should make my own website as well!!” I realized how much of what I wanted to do can be done by getting my own domain.
From there it was just a second until I pull out my debit card to buy my domain. Luckily, domain KeigoSaito.com was available, so I bought the domain and started to design my own website.
Why did I decided to code my website by myself? It was because I had wanted to learn HTML&CSS for a long time and now that I have a purpose I wanted to challenge myself to work on it as I learn the language.
Did I have a enough skill to make a website by myself when I started? Nope. I googled or watched YouTube videos thousands of times just to get the top navigation bar. Spend two days just to figure out how to put image in the way I wanted it.
If I was just learning the HTML&CSS, I couldn’t have continued learning. Because there was a goal I wanted to achieve in a short time, I could accomplish making my own website by myself.
Should you do this?
It’s totally up to you whether you want to have your own website or not. But if you want to brand yourself and if you could give up one or two beers at bar every month, you should make your own website. Or it’s one way to explore a free website if you don’t mind of giving up the unique domain.
Should you code by yourself? Maybe not if you have never program before. However, if that’s something that you want to explore and learn, this is a great goal to set!
Even though I am definitely not an expert in web developing, it was/is a fun project that kept me busy during the summer break.