About Christmas Baking with SusieJ

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A Labor of Love

When the web first appeared and my then fiance-now-husband set up his first webserver, he added an account for me to maintain my own home page. In those days, personal home pages were like bad dating profiles with webrings for all our special interests. Boldly, mine included the most interesting information I had to share: my grandmother's recipes.

When it started becoming popular I bought the domain, had enough recipes for an Advent calendar, got listed on Yahoo, became the first hit on Google for Lebkuchen, spent a recession unemployed while translating and testing recipes, redesigned twice, and landed two web development jobs using this site as a demonstration of my skills.

Content is added as the fancy strikes me. The goal is a new recipe or disaster monthly (not that you'd know it) and skipping NaNoWriMo for AdCalWriMo. Some years I've got it; some years I don't.

Technical Stuff

By day, I am a web and database programmer for one of Philly's many universities, automating my clients' manual processes. Most of my skill are self taught — not least because the web didn't exist when I graduated from college.

What started as hand-crafted, artisanal HTML is now generated by hand-crafted, artisanal scripts or software like CodeKit. Some thing use very modern web technologies, and some things ... don't.

SusieJ, where are you?

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