If you're reading this post, then it means you know me, and you are probably wondering what I'm up to, or you don't know me at all, but you've casually seen somewhere the URL of my website, and click it out of curiosity. Whatever the reason is, I'm glad you're reading my first ever content.
I'm 13 years old when I created my first Website. I didn't code it but used "Own-Free-Website" to create it. Thanks, Own-Free-Website, I hope it will last forever! Haha! It was about 13 years ago since I created my first Website, but would you believe it's still active? It's indeed alive! I'm not paying for it, which makes me feel thrilled. Enough with the talking, let me show you.
I hope you will still read my upcoming posts after seeing this page, haha! You might say that I 'm a BIG Twilight fan, and you're right, I am, up until now. If you love the Twilight Saga and Stephenie Meyer then watch out, I'll be sharing more of it in my upcoming posts.
My curiosity for having my website continued when I went to college. I think every IT student dreams of having their own content. I studied at Jose Rizal University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. I'm a college freshman at that time, and I tried to create my website. It's not because I was cynical or surrounded by students who have creative minds and students who can build websites and templates on their own. I'm only obligated to finish my first hands-on exercise, and that is to create a website from scratch.
The image below is my first HTML page. I've remembered that this is not what I've submitted in class, but this is my first draft. I code it from scratch! It feels great that I've managed to keep this image as a reminder of what my 17 years old self is capable of doing.
Based on the image, I think my 17 years old self is trying to place everything in the right order, and confuse if she'll create a Jose Rizal University website or a Personal Website. My color combination back then sucks; I've used the primary and secondary colors, as you can see in the image. Still, this is the first HTML page that I code by myself, and I'm proud of it.
As I turn another year older next month, I figured to have my official website. How it all happened? It started when I'm trying to help my friend to explore a domain name in GoDaddy for her new business, then I thought, "Is my full name available in the domain names? How much would it cost?" Then, I try to search "mahabernardino.com" and considered these four things:
- I'm happy that it's available.
- I'm afraid that there's a person who has the exact name I have, will try to purchase the domain name immediately, then I won't be able to use it anymore.
- The total cost wouldn't hurt my pocket.
- I'll turn another year older next month, and I can include this as an additional birthday gift to myself (the other gift to myself is the Winnie the Pooh Complete Collection 30 Books Box Set, lol)
These four points reminded me that If I don't decide quickly, I might make a mistake that I will regret forever. Next thing I know, I'm entering my credit card details to purchase my domain name. How did I set-up my website? That's for another story. I'm excited to share this in my upcoming posts, starting from creating the mock-ups to deploying my website.
It took me a lot of energy to build my Official Website, but it's worthy of my time and effort. It feels great to have a platform where you can share your thoughts, stories, and ideas. I'm not a good writer, but I'll be using this platform to write what gratifies me, and hopefully, this website will also become a source of encouragement.