Mum, I Want a Website

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As kids grow, their requests to us change. “Mum, I want a doll”, “Mum, I want a bike” and then, all of sudden, it becomes “Mum, I want a website”.

When Janna approached me with a request to “teach her how to build websites or at least build one about their class”, I picked the latter option. Explaining to a 12-year-old all the tricks of HTML/CSS, WordPress configuring and the rest of it looked to me like a mammoth task. But I registered a domain name and let her advise me while I sketched the graphic design for her future website. The result was two different versions of red-and-blue gradients: one for the main website and the other one for the blog.

“Now I need content from you”, I told my little one after the skeleton of the website was set up. Adter explaining to her what the word meant I started waiting. The only thing I got from her in terms of content was a collection of photos and a vague instruction to upload them to the “photos” page. I’m planning to do so in the coming days, but knowing how my daughter hates writing I have little hope for much textual content. Unless, that is, I write it myself.

The website will, of course, be in Russian. For now she is keeping its address secret from her classmates, because it is not ready. But she is quite determined about it, so I guess I’ll have to finish it, even if it means writing all the content, including blog posts, all by myself. I hope she will at least dictate to me.

What will her next request to me be? I just hope she will ask for a dress and NOT for a social networking website :D

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  • http://twitter.com/babssaul Barbara Saul

    Since setting up a simple WordPress site for my boy, I’ve then started a website club at the school – and that is an experience and a half!

    However, my view is that if he wants a website it’s for him to add his own content – I have quite enough trouble with clients!

  • http://twitter.com/babssaul Barbara Saul

    Since setting up a simple WordPress site for my boy, I’ve then started a website club at the school – and that is an experience and a half!

    However, my view is that if he wants a website it’s for him to add his own content – I have quite enough trouble with clients!

  • http://www.birdsontheblog.co.uk/ Sarah Arrow

    I hope she asks for a dress :) Love it Irina :) you just wait until Janna starts blogging. I nearly had a heart attack when Jess started but she gave up as she had 3 readers, me, Kev and her dad. Her dad only read it when I set it to email him every post. At the time he was working in Russia and it gave them something to talk about.

    I think she only ever wrote 5 blog posts :)

    Just don’t show her how to video blog, that’s far easier than writing or CSS

  • http://www.birdsontheblog.co.uk/ Sarah Arrow

    I hope she asks for a dress :) Love it Irina :) you just wait until Janna starts blogging. I nearly had a heart attack when Jess started but she gave up as she had 3 readers, me, Kev and her dad. Her dad only read it when I set it to email him every post. At the time he was working in Russia and it gave them something to talk about.

    I think she only ever wrote 5 blog posts :)

    Just don’t show her how to video blog, that’s far easier than writing or CSS

  • http://www.saitiria.com/ Irina

    She is lazy about writing, Sarah – she’d like to have a website, but not do anything for it. If I blogged for her, she’d be happy, LOL.

  • Irina

    What a hardworking boy you have, Babs, lucky you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1134202412 Morag Gaherty

    Exactly, Babs. If my boys want anything like this, they have to do it for themselves. I bought Bob a book on how to build a website about a year ago. He did build one on his own, and invited his friends to join it. It was a fad that lasted a few weeks, and it now seems to be dormant.

    Irina, if your daughter is as determined as you think she is, she’ll do the work. Don’t do it for her, just facilitate it.

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