Writing Web Hosting For Dummies has opened up new possibilities for me, ones I previously hadn’t considered or even imagined!
The transition from web host to author left me feeling a little unsure of what the future might hold and what direction it might take me in. That’s something many of us experience at least a couple of times during our lives and it’s a mixture of exciting, frustrating and scary all at the same time.
Since the publication of the book though, a few things have become even clearer than they were before I wrote it and two of those things really stand out from the crowd:
- There is a much greater desire for basic, easy to understand education about web hosting and web technologies than I had anticipated.
- The knowledge gap between those ‘in the know’ and those outside of the hosting industry is HUGE – there is a need on both sides for that knowledge gap to be bridged.
After a long period of soul-searching and trepidation, I finally decided that I am going to make it my mission to bridge that gap. I intend to dedicate myself to walking both sides of the line and finding ways in which the hosting industry and the clients it is trying to serve can learn to speak the same language and understand each other’s needs and point of view.
So today, I am relaunching this website and heading out to Austin, Texas, to dive into HostingCon, which describes itself as, “the premier industry conference and trade show for web hosting and cloud service providers”. There I aim to meet people, make friends and discover new technologies which I can then work on opening up to those on the other side of the fence, those who don’t tell jokes in binary and who think the show The Big Bang Theory is a comedy show, not a documentary.
My intern (Elayna) and I are still working on the design of this site and a couple of others we are going to be launching soon but we’ve made some subtle changes already and you can expect to see lots of new tutorials, articles, reviews and giveaways as we move forward and start building the bridge for which Web Hosting For Dummies has become the cornerstone.
Texas and HostingCon, here I come!