I love web design and development. I design blogs and websites at Meyne Design.
When I started this blog, I set it up with one of the free templates from Blogger. It took a while, but I finally realized how ugly the design was. (They’re not all ugly…but I sure picked a stinker.)
The process of tweaking it took months and was still just “eh.” I was tired of asking people for free help (and they were probably tired of giving it). So I took a CSS course. I thought coding was a necessary evil and I would hate it. But it was the exact opposite. I had to force myself to not fly through the month-long course in 2 days. And I followed that course with tons of research and many more classes.
The more I learned, the more I wanted to go beyond the limitations of Blogger, so I moved the blog over to WordPress. Like I had done with Blogger, I attempted to do everything myself after switching. Another bad idea. I bit off way more than I could chew at that point and ended up really frustrated. My only option was to figure everything out as quickly as possible. And I did. The dishes and laundry piled up pretty high for a while, but WordPress design was no longer a mystery–and the blog began to function properly.
I went on to learn how to build themes (the equivalent of a template on Blogger) from scratch and made a couple for friends and family. Eventually, I built a couple themes and launched an Etsy shop with them. Just those couple themes taught me a lot though, and I took a break from the shop to streamline my process and refine the designs.
In 2015, I officially launched the Meyne Design website, where pre-made templates and themes, along with custom blogs and websites can be purchased. Meyne is in another transition in 2016. I’m learning that many people need help and support more than they need to buy a new design, so while I’m still selling pre-made and custom designs, I also offer one-on-one support, plus a free comprehensive video series on the basics of WordPress, and have two video courses in the works.