The Doodling Dad…
A happily married father of three gorgeous children whose life was not always about doodling… In fact, my career began over twenty years ago back in Sydney Australia in the printing trade.
Like many other young people fresh out of school in Australia, I began working as an apprentice and moved on to become an experienced tradesperson working in the industry for over 15 years. When we decided to move to Greece early in 2012, the plan was that I would work in the family hotel (my wife’s family business). If anyone would’ve told me that I would one day be working from home on my own website I would’ve told them to pull the other leg!…
You see, this site was never created to become a source of income, even though I had been told that if you build a website the right way, that’s exactly what it could become..
This website was inspired by our first child with whom I would spend loads of time with as a first-time dad wanting to share as many experiences with him as possible. When he was old enough to recognize pictures and colors, I began drawing with him and he absolutely loved it!
As he got older, he began to have a go at drawing himself (we all know what a child’s first drawings look like) but at least he was having fun. Then the drawings began taking some shape and I wanted him to work on it a little more and to give him a sense of accomplishment… I liked the idea of him challenging himself seeing himslef excel.
As most of us would do, I got on Google and ran a search for drawing lessons for kids and I thought I’d find plenty. All I noticed though was that although the web is full of great how-to-draw sites, there was a lack of tutorials for the younger kids.
So, I got my block out and began working on some easy-to-follow tutorials for the little guy and he was getting right into the lessons. He would follow my lead as we drew our pictures side-by-side. This simple technique seemed to have some success and so as time passed and our pile of drawings grew, I thought why not turn this into a website that others can use too.
And that’s exactly what I did!
How did a regular guy like me with no web design skills build a website all by myself? Call it great timing, pure luck or an ability to recognize a good thing when I see it, but around this same period in time, I stumbled across one of the greatest little secrets to success that I have ever come across.
Perhaps you’ve already heard of it and maybe you’ve even thought about signing up only to mistakenly dismiss it as yet another one of the thousands of get-rich-quick scams that pop up all over the internet.
This “little secret” that I’m referring to is SiteBuildIt (or SBI). As far as I am concerned and I am speaking as a 100% satisfied customer, this is the only tool anyone should use to create a successful website. Like I said earlier, I would never have believed it if anyone told me but it is true and you can take it from me.
I can go on and on about SBI for hours but I’m not the only one. Click here to see what many others have already done using SBI!
NOTE: Although I have recently moved this site away from SBI it doesn’t take away from the fact that I honestly believe its one of the best tools available for a total beginner to build a successful website. Over the years doing this I have learnt a lot and I simply needed a little more flexibility that comes with growth.
If you feel that you already know a thing or two about building a website then there are certainly other options such as signing up with HostGator who I use and setup a WordPress site like millions of others. This is where you have that flexibility… but, again, if you are a total beginner and have no idea where to start, I think even wordpress can be a little overwhelming. This is where SBI really shines and gives you ALL the tools to get yourself online.
Want the best of both worlds? As of late 2015, SBI launched their own plugin for WordPress that gives you the functions of SBI on your wordpress site. It may seem a little expensive but the value it brings to your website is priceless. After all, we create these sites to have as many people visit as possible and a little plugin like this can certainly make all the difference.
All the best and thank you for being a part of this experience with me and my family. I wish you all the success and happiness you desire!