Okay, I’ve got a basic site up, enough to not be confusing when I tell people a URL…
Anyhow, during this process I realized I wasn’t going to develop that site into destination, rather just a quick informative single page on how I work, because that is the only purpose. What I mean is: all my actual work is done in other folks’ inboxes. Once I’m working they don’t even think about that site, so it really is for a single purpose: to inform the visitor on their way to hiring me.
Ya’ll want to see an entire website you can read from source? Check it:
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
<title>maiki, remote technologist for hire</title>
<link href="https://maiki.xyz/css/style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">
<h1>maiki, remote technologist for hire</h1>
<p>Hiya! I’m maiki (they/them), ethical technologist and developer for hire. I have over 20 years experience simplifying complex systems for folks.</p>
<p>My clients have included Hachette Book Group, Impact Hub, Center for Investigative Reporting, Automattic, City of San Jose, Calif., City of Dublin, Calif., Alameda County Transportation Commission, Metropolitan Transportation Commission and others. I’ve worked with publishing houses, journalism teams, food cooperatives, cannabis companies, international franchises, government agencies, type foundries, bicycle coalitions, colleges, and individuals.</p>
That means I can add a whole lot to this page before it even began to load slow for anyone. My idea is to create a series of sections, each explaining some aspect of myself or work that assists. Here are ideas:
- Current and recent projects - just links and brief decsriptions
- Move the clients list to “Social Proof” or “Clients”
- “For hire” - explain my rates and how to get started
- Services - some combo of enumerated and descriptive text for areas of service
Each heading will also be anchored, so I can send folks a link like
https://maiki.xyz/#for-hire and it would go to the section I’m directing them to.
Next step is to add a service or for hire section, so I can ask friends to share it without them having to explain that part.