About a year ago, the company I work for decided to redesign their website. The website is almost complete and as with every other project, I start reflecting on it.
I started with this company about the same time I became a member at WinCustomize. I started as a shipping associate in the freezer department and worked my way to my current position as night shipping manager.
During that same period, I made many friends here at WinCustomize and at other sites.
I have made some screen savers and helped on several community projects.
I have found the skinning community as a whole will reach out and help when asked.
So, when I decided to mention the idea of redesigning the company website at the past annual meeting, I knew I would be able to deliver what ever they wanted, because I had the confidence in what I have learned so far, and the support of a Community if I needed help along the way.
With this project, it took me, first, back to instructions I learned early on, from the very beginning, when I started to reach out to the community.
The lessons had everything from, making To Do Lists and sticking to project deadlines, making simple .gifs to using layers in Photoshop, making a website template and applying html code. Then I realized that, secondly, the community helped by, all of the tips and emails, the instant messaging and chat sessions, and the long list of tutorial links, (that I saved through out the years) that proved to be a valuable reference resource.
The point is though, I learned it all here, at the community of artists, I like to refer as friends, friends from different skinning sites, all of whom I met through WinCustomize, either in the forums or on IRC.
It has been a long process (A website committee was setup to monitor the progress). It also has been challenging juggling two positions at work. Besides my regular everyday job and the task of redesigning the website, I have the other responsibilities that go along with maintaining a website.
I must say though, I have had fun with it. So far, everyone is happy. I am proud of the site.
There are many benefits to being a member of this community, the friendships are the most important.