Doing some spring cleaning last night, I went through a couple of bookcases looking for outdated tech books and application manuals to get rid of. I stumbled across my first HTML book, Laura Lemay’s Teach Yourself Web Publishing in Days – purchased October 24th, 1995 (the receipt was still stuck inside the back cover).
While I haven’t quite passed the official anniversary of a decade of web development, 2005 does mark the occasion. My first paid web site job came in December of 1995, and a strong freelance career followed until I latched on full-time with Bozell in mid 1996. During my time with Bozell, I moved from web developer to management when I became Director – Interactive Technology in 1998. When I left in 2001, I took a step back into full-time development and have been there ever since – through the bursting of the dot-com bubble, 9/11 and the resulting crash of the advertising industry.
Ten years is a long time for web development and frankly, I’ve been fighting off the burnout for the last year or so. I still enjoy my own personal projects, but the rigors of a poor work flow process are taking there toll. Thankfully, I’ve been able to maintain a steady diet of freelance consulting, marketing, and strategy assignments to keep my mind sharp.