My final project for multimedia journalism was to create a website for my business. I realized that it was a lot harder than I had imagined. Although this is the second time taking this course, just now at the intermediate level, it felt like I was learning the technology all over again.
The photo gallery wasn’t difficult to create. Neither were the audio testimonials. I found audacity extremely user friendly which helped dramatically. However the same assignment that tripped me up last semester tripped me up again, the video story telling assignment. It is assignments like these that make me realize I still have much to learn about technology.
Deciding on which website host to use was another difficult task. I was trying to choose between wix and wordpress, but decided to choose wordpress. I was familiar with it because I have been using it as a blog since last semester. Something that surprised me was both of the sites attempts at “upselling” me at almost every step. When using wordpress for a website, I learned that “pages” as opposed to “posts” would be what distinguished it from a blog. Although the option to post on the website is available.
I know that the more I work on it and experiment with my new website, I will become proficient in this type of technology. I enjoyed focusing my attention on a project that benefited both my school and work life. I appreciate my professors this semester for adapting assignments for what my focus is in my professional life.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to
encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” –Maya Angelou
As a new business owner I try to celebrate every accomplishment whether it be big or small. It takes a lot of courage to take a chance and venture out on your own, so it’s important not to be too hard on yourself. I have set goals for myself including: I want to do 40 massages per week or I want to schedule one new client and three repeat clients per week. It’s important to set goals so you have something to strive for, but if you don’t reach those goals it doesn’t mean you have failed. It just means you need to ask yourself, what can I do better? Research other local businesses, check out their price lists, services, and yelp reviews. If you notice something that someone is doing that seems to be working, give it a try.
I have mentioned this in a previous post, but what motivates me is being grateful for what I have. I have never spoke to a massage therapist that said they got into it for the money. Massage is an honorable profession, and the true gift is being able to offer your clients a massage that leaves them feeling better than when they walked in the door. I have wonderful clients that keep me motivated. My 86 year old client came in a few days after the Thanksgiving holiday and he took the time to tell me how thankful he is for me and how much better I made him feel. I reminded him how good massage is for the body and he said, it wasn’t the massage, it was the massage therapist. I nearly shed a tear. I am overwhelmingly thankful for how far I have come.
I created a Google map to show where my office is located in reference to other businesses and amenities.