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How an Oldie Learned to Build Web Pages

Updated on June 19, 2018
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I love to share the experience I have gained over three quarters of a century, be it useful tips, love, jokes or technology.

I am Diana Grant, Also Known as Gloriousconfusion

I retired from work in 2008, knowing very little about computing, except for straightforward documents in Microsoft Word and a little bit of Excel. I also used the Microsoft Outlook programme for my business as a lawyer. Other than that - zilch.

I knew that I wanted to write, and I paid for an online writer's course for a vast sum, £300. I never got past the second assignment, because I didn't like the assignment, which was something like going to a public festival and then writing about it. How wimpy and pathetic is that?

I decided to use a pen name, to keep my writer persona separate from my lawyer's persona, in case I said something unprofessional, or which might come back to plague me.

Anyway, When I Retired, I Joined Squidoo, a Web Page Platform, Just Before Christmas 2009, and HubPages Not Long After

Then I transferred most of my work on Squidoo over to HubPages in September 2014. Initially it was a bit of a bumpy ride learning how to put a web page together and it was a struggle making all my Squidoo pages transform to HubPages' requirements.

When I first started there were lots of articles by friendly computer-savvy people on Squidoo which helped me to pick up a little computer code, HTML and CSS. At the same time, with help, I set up a basic web page of my own using more code. It was magical and fascinating, but I still haven't been very successful at going it alone. I started on Coffee Cup and Kompozr and was always getting things wrong, with spacing going a bit mad, and columns which didn't quite work. But I loved learning, and seeing the fruits of my labour.

The writing part was easy, because playing with words is my stock-in-trade.

But web-building and the use of HTML code (Computing Code to those not in the know) was sheer hell. I think I've got the hang of it now.

It takes up a fair bit of my life, and I am updating and creating something on the web every day. It's become a bit of an obsession and rarely does a day go by without my writing something.

I Learned How to Design my Logo Myself - do You Like it?

I took a photo of a garden fairy ornament, Photoshopped it a bit and added text.

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I Learned How to Make Coloured Boxes and Text, and I Can Use Formatted Text and Add Drawings and Photos

I imagine I could still have learned great snippets of HTML and CSS code off by heart when I was younger, but, sadly, that faculty is no longer available to me as my brain has worn out.

Nonetheless, I learned how to frame my text in a blue box, and turn the text blue, and make it bigger, which used to be allowed on Squidoo for some years. It all took time, but I did it in the end.

HubPages doesn't allow so many whistles and bells, but learning a new skill was not wasted, as I learned how to organize all my new-found knowledge into folders on my computer, and it's there for the future. And, of course, I became more comfortable with using HTML.

Remember all you Under-45's to learn by heart as much as you can before you lose your faculties!

But I bet I could still win you at Scrabble (I won our local Scrabble Competition a couple of years ago), and I can still write poetry, paint pictures and make my own Christmas cards, so I am still a force to be reckoned with.

I've also learnt to use Photoshop and have picked up a little about SEO (Search Engine Optimization to those just starting out), and some fiendishly clever tips from other helpful Squidoo writers. I even learned to draw cartoons like the one below. Not brilliant, but at least I now have the confidence to put pen to paper or stylus to Waco Bamboo Tablet, when I need an illustration.

I Drew This Cartoon......"Okay, Okay," I Can Almost Hear You Thinking "Don't Give up the Day Job!"

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This is a Photograph I Like - Pussums

I Used to Use my Digital Nikon Koolpix Camera a Lot When I First Started

This is my tortoiseshell cat, Pussums - she would say hallo if she could be bothered to wake up.

I like the white-on-white in this picture.

I'm afraid she is a bit fatter now, and she's not allowed on the bed since we discovered jolly little jumping fleas. I quite miss her snuggling up, and her naughty habit of climbing up on the bedside table and knocking things down to wake us up at dawn.

This is my Christmas Polar bear

Then I got a smartphone - a Samsung Galaxy - and I discovered Photoshop

First I photographed it in 2013, in a shop window of Selfridges, Oxford Street, London - this was one of several fantastic window displays. Then I downloaded it to my computer, where the fun began in earnest.

Then I Photoshopped it, to crop the bits I didn't want and to give it a bit of color, and added the wording using ArtRage with my Wacom Bamboo pen tablet. All great fun. The techies in the family loved it, and the others just said "what is it?".....Philistines, they just don't appreciate great art when they see it. They would probably say they prefer Rembrandt or Edward Hopper.

Adobe Photoshop - - This is Such Fun to Work With

I must confess, I spend hours doodling about with Photoshop. There are expensive versions for professionals who use it for their work, and there are cheaper versions like the one below, which are for enthusiastic amateurs to get started.

You can always graduate to one of the professional ranges once you've learned the basics.

You Can Buy All Sorts of Variations of Photoshop on Amazon. You Can Always Graduate to One of the Professional Ranges Once You've Learned the Basics

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018

I have been using Photoshop for several years now, and love it - I could while away the whole day playing about with the various options for altering and improving pictures, with many different ways of working the same photo, and then writing captions in various lettering styles and colours.

 

I Learned How to Design Products on Zazzle:

You can buy them from my Zazzle shop and get the designs on many other products such as mugs, aprons, shopping bags and T-shirts

iPhone Case - Striped Wooden Cat iPhone 5C Cover

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Red Venetian Mask on a Mug

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Have you learned how to make web pages?

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I Learned How to Take a Photo (This One is a Brooch) and Then Add Text to Suit my Requirements:

Do Add Just a Few Words to Say You've Been Here

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    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's hard work, but it pays off

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      The trouble is, I can't leave my computer alone, and it makes me late for things!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Inspirational and great to read - was talking to someone today about as we age how important it is to continue to use our brain and learn - it's a muscle too - and you're good at all of this too!

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      You've been a busy bee. I've learned a lot too since I first came online. It's amazing what we have learned to make web pages and our designs.

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      Ibidii 

      4 years ago

      Congratulations on all your awards, trophies, purple stars etc. Nice to meet you.

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      Martina 

      4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Nice to meet you and congrats on this interesting lens!

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @sharonbellis: Aw thanks, blush, blush!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      You are an interesting lady Diana Grant!

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      marsha32 

      6 years ago

      I enjoy the lensographies and getting to know other lensmasters a bit better.

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      grannysage 

      6 years ago

      How delightful to get to know you and join you in confusion. I have had to learn html to although I use a cheat sheet, copy and paste is my motto. I'm going to have to meander through some of your other lenses. And we share a great first name, although I am Diane.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      6 years ago from Royalton

      It can be difficult to remember and learn html but it seems day by day it gets easier. Those who are younger may find it comes quicker, but those of us who are older have more experience to fall back when it comes to content as can be seen by all the lenses you have written. :)

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      Brandi 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I can't wait to explore your lenses further...so many wonderful ones, where do I start? :)

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      MelissaInTheSky 

      7 years ago

      You have SO MANY interesting lenses! Wow! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with the world. :) And thank you especially much for blessing my OWS lens! I really appreciate the support.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Hello Diana Grant!

      Well you have done miraculously well to create a website like this one - I would not know how to start let alone get the thing supplied with interesting detail - AS YOU HAVE DONE.

      Keep going girl!

      Liz K

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      I'm happy you stuck with the html side of Squidoo -:) Sometimes as Marshall Sylver said, "the scariest moment is right before you get what you want".

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Glad I came by, I spotted your "10 Plants that will grow in the shade" in your lenso! Going to read it, I could use some tips.

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