Working as a webmaster can really suck...
February 17, 2007 2:34am CST
Being a webmaster isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if you're trying to develop a business idea by being a webmaster. There is so much to learn, from building the pages, to maintaining a database. Then there are all the countless hours looking for good places to advertise, and then placing the ads themselves. Sometimes I want to just chuck it all, but I have never been one to give up easily, and I've put too much into it to stop now. I think the worst part is my husband's attitude about it. He doesn't take it seriously, and considers it playing, when I am working just as hard as if I was doing manual labor. I guess I'll try to be patient and see how everything pans out, but I wish there was a better way to do this. I know I'm not going to go the way of the so-called "gurus", because I just don't believe business should be handled this way. What's your take on this?
20 Feb 07
you are right, working as a webmasters is sucks. it takes up all your time, you're loaded with too much work. Most of the time, you are overloaded. The reason, limited resources! How to improve? why not joining a team where you just concentrate with one function, marketing? This link is the solution, hope you make full use to it. http://www.freedom.ws/jerrygreen67
31 Mar 07
I know what you mean... I just trained to be a web developer, and finished a two-year college course in it. But I still have so much to learn and most of what I'm doing now is all learning as I go lol... It is really time consuming, because of all the learning you have to do for everything plus all the work and testing and fixing what you create cause you find there's a bug in it lol, it seems to never end. What I hate the most too though, is how my family doesn't take it seriously - even though I've been formally trained to do this because this is what I enjoy doing. They tell me that I have to go out and get a real job, because me being a webmaster is just playing around on the internet. My sister has even compared my job to be equal to her writing a Harry Potter fan fiction story. I thought that was very offensive, because there is so much to web development than writing a story using other people's characters - trust me I know... I write both professionally and for fun during my spare time to relax and clear my mind after a tough day of programming (and by the way, yesterday I was told that I wasn't a programmer, because I couldn't program a computer... so what were all the programming languages good for that I learned, like html, php, asp, xml, etc?). I know that other people wouldn't be able to do half of the stuff that I can do from this side of a keyboard, but they all seem to think that since they go out to work and I work from home, that my job doesn't count for anything. It's sad and angering all at once. But I'll definately show them all, because I'm sure one day all this effort and hard work is going to pay off. It takes a long time to start off your own business, which means a lot of time and money up front before you see the results. But eventually, I'm hoping to have many clients and a steady income, so that I can finally convince my family that my job truly is a job and that I can become successful from doing what I enjoy, when they all took the route of going to a job they complain about every night.
• United States
29 Mar 07
Although it definitely does "suck" at times, it also has its rewards. I have been one now for 12 years and I can tell you that the learning process never ends. Just when you learn something - they create some new technology that you need to learn. What I have found though is that the webmaster community is extremely helpful and very willing to share their experience with you. I suggest that you take advantage of their support and join discussion groups. They can often save your hours, days and weeks of work in the wrong direction. Plus, it relieves the isolation of being a webmaster which is one downside of doing it. Husband's never take it seriously until they see the profits roll in! If there are any things that I can help you with - would be happy to do so!
• Columbus, Ohio
13 Jul 07
If it sucks so much, maybe it is not the right thing for you. You ever heard the saying that when you find something you would do for free that you have found the job for you? The opposite is also true. If you hate what you are doing you should not be doing it. Personally, I think being a webmaster is great. You get to work exactly when and how you want. You get complete control and the ability to express yourself creatively. The web is the great equalizer and it gives everyone a shot. It may not be easy work, but it might be the best.