Why did you create this website?
This website is the rebirth of one of my earliest websites originally created on this domain as a place to advertise my skills and resume for potential employers. While LinkedIn existed, I found it additionally impressive to customize a website and reference it on my resume. I could then track if employers looked at the website using Google Analytics.
Soon I took the site down and worked on other websites as my skills in web development improved. I was frequently embarrassed by what I had once considered impressive.
After a couple years of education in web development, I decided to rebuild this site. I have dabbled with websites on other domains, but I have settled on the idea that most anything I write about can be shared under my name.
Today, this website will either impress or turn off potential employers. Rather than post my resume, I just reference my LinkedIn account.
This website’s purpose is to share my personal thoughts and ideas about various topics, as well as share details on various places I’ve visited or events seen. Of course, I will be somewhat cautious considering that this information is public versus potentially more filtered like on social media sites. I mention my family, but I won’t share too much information on them including their names and photographs.
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What is your favorite color?
Black. The other colors have good qualities that are enjoyed by all. Only, black is able to compliment all the other colors and isn't boring like white.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
It is both. Trying to use this question as some sort of assessment labeling a person as optimistic or pessimistic fails to obtain the most accurate truthful answer.
How did you get into web development?
I originally learned about web development during my first assignment in the Air Force in 2002. I was working in an information systems office and we thought it would be cool to expand the already existing primitive web page that prior individuals had created.
I believe a few pages had been created using Microsoft FrontPage. I started exploring how to use that software and how web pages were generated because I found it interesting. Web pages utilize information technology to generate something creative. The World Wide Web was still fairly new to most individuals, and I wanted to understand how easy it was to create such pages on my own.
At this point in my life, I had very limited technological training. Web development was an easy way to learn and apply basics. Front page was an easy program to use, but I remember it had some negatives.
A few years later, even though I wasn't in an information technology assignment, I created a GoDaddy account and started experimenting with web development from home. This is when I really started learning. I would search the internet for html and css templates. I would then break apart the code seeking to understand what influenced what. I continually broke and repaired templates eventually creating test websites. One of my first was a web page about me and my family. I would put pictures of jigsaw puzzles I completed.
Soon I created a website on this same www.stantonlesieur.com domain. The primary goal was to post my resume and basic information about myself so that I could talk it up to potential employers. In fact, I put this web address on my resume and potential employers did look (as shown by Google Analytics).
As my skills were expanding, I was called by some high school classmates to attend a class reunion. Considering the task to find and invite the many classmates, I offered to help by creating a website. Social media sites such as Facebook were still mostly unknown, so a website was the easiest way to share information.
I thought it would be interesting to challenge myself to build a website supporting the graduating class, its planned reunion, and provide a way for classmates to catch up with each other. While this site has been taken down (www.glencoe1988.com), it was quite a project considering this was a hobby.
The site had every classmate listed with their graduating picture linking to an individual page where they could post a more current set of pictures and related text. I built all of these pages as classmates emailed me information. There was also an index page of classmates found vs. missing and related contact information like email address. The website included over 200 pages. Sadly, all of the pages were built with tables with a referencing cascade style sheet rather than html <div> tags.
By the time I got to the class reunion, I was being asked by classmates if I did this for a living? I said "no". Inside, I knew I knew little. I was still testing and learning new techniques, but I had no formal training. I was looking for work and decided that I would rather work in an industry like web development because I was interested in learning more about my hobby.
As I built this reunion site, I wondered how search engines worked and why certain pages were valued more than others. I saw new pages getting listed in search results, but I wondered how I could effectively influence page listings and rankings for certain keywords. Back then, the World Wide Web was still supposedly influenced by directories and "submitting" your site.
I got on the web and found a training course for search engine optimization (SEO) by an SEO pioneer named Bruce Clay. I knew one way to find a job was to meet people in the industry. So I paid my way to the course in Simi Valley, California. The course was very informative. I met individuals from many industries seeking to use SEO more effectively.
I told Bruce Clay I was seeking to work in SEO. At the training, Bruce introduced me to the owner of an internet company from Bend, Oregon where I was coincidently living. Soon I was working at Smart Solutions.
I enjoyed working in SEO and met some early pioneers besides Bruce Clay. For more information, you might check out www.thehistoryofseo.com – I worked on many pages on this site. By the way, some believe the phrase "search engine optimization" has its origins in Bend, Oregon.
While working at Smart Solutions, I learned many skills and techniques related to internet marketing including social media marketing. But, I knew I would never be satisfied unless I learned more about the nuts and bolts of web development and web design. I grew tired of helping others promote their website, while I wanted to learn more about making my own.
By the time I graduated, I was ready to return to the internet career field. Rather, I knew I had much more experience and potential in healthcare, so I moved to Spokane to my current job working with radiology clinical applications.
This current website is the result of many experiments supporting my hobby, work and education in web development and web marketing. I don’t expect to be perfect applying everything I know. I simply want to enjoy the opportunities a website offers.