Building Websites was not something I Intended to Do, it just happened…
My real interest started when I decided I needed a website for my Thylacine creations a few years later. That was back when all websites had to be coded. I had to learn HTML and design graphics one pixal at a time, techie stuff that I mastered, but I also realised that producing ornaments for a limited market was not going to pay.
I really did not have a lot of time for building websites when I returned to work, buses took up most of my time and energy for a few years until a near miss, left me with a severally whip lashed neck, a damaged eye and eventually no job.
By the time I had the opperation on the bad eye, I was living with my folks a Gorden, a quiet waterside area opposite Bruny Island in Tasmania. I had a chance to get back on the computer and catch up on technology. Building websites was done on a new platform by then so I had to learn all about WordPress.
After the operation on the one eye, I came back not being able to see more than a metre with both my eyes. I remember sitting at the table talking to my Dad when I returned, he was at one end and I was at the other, I could not see him, so he moved to the shorter side of the table and I sat opposite just so I could see him clearly. It was not so much scary as intriguing.
What was I going to do as a Vision Impaired person?
The only thing I could do at that time was use the computer, so I returned to building websites… I had to catch up on all the changes with building websites and learning this new concept called SEO so the search engines could find my site. In doing all that I started to come across stuff being sold online and I started to study these people and how they were building their websites.
My Folks encouraged me to keep busy. They were quite intrigued that a vision impaired person could build websites let alone that it was possible to make money doing so. I would research a few topics for Dad, like fishing and garden plants, but he could not see how any of that was going to make me money and at the time I did not know either.
I returned to the city as I had a lot of medical appointments at that time and it was too far for my Dad to drive and buses were only available during school times. For six months I stayed at a lodge, designed with the vision impaired in mind, while my eye recovered from the surgery and eventually I could see again. As soon as I was able I packed my car and headed to the mainland to my Daughter’s home.