I was very pleasantly surprised to discover the format of John’s training – videos plus worksheet telling me exactly what to do and how to do it.
To make the most of the course, I decided to make sure I at least listened to ALL of the training material.
But I value my time very highly so wanted to focus on learning anything new and making sure I don’t miss details or tips to do things I think I know already about.
The training videos have been broken down into bite sized chunks – each one about 2 to 8 minutes long – which is great.
So I decided on an initial plan of action:
- Extract MP3 audio files for my iPod from the training videos – I used the free version of AoA audio extractor
- Listen to part of the days training in my ‘free’ time – usually when walking to my sports centre for some exercise or a swim and sauna.
- Make notes of training and watch videos for anything I don’t understand or know how to do
- Do it
- Complete activitiy sheets each day
Day 1 Thursday 19 April 2012 tasks involve getting a domain plus hosting and setting up an email address.
I already had hosting accounts and an unused domain with my name – Steve Mackay – hosted with a free account – that started displaying ads so my jobs for the day were:
- Change my domain nameservers to my justhost web hosting account – 5 minutes
- Set up an email account email@example.com – I’d never done this the way John recommended before – so this took about 20 minutes
Summary of time spent for the day:
- 10 minutes creating MP3 audio files
- 23 minutes listening to audio files while out walking
- 10 minutes making notes of days activities (to help me rinse and repeat later)
- 25 minutes watching video and doing the days work
John recommended using D9 for hosting. Maybe if I’d started out using them I wouldn’t have had so many problems – but my experience is that things can and do go wrong with hosting.
So I always buy my domains and hosting from separate companies. That way if any hosting problems arise, I can quickly and easily edit any domain nameserver settings to get a site up and running with a different hosting company.
Finally I added the newly created email account to my blackberry – to help me check how activity on my site progresses.