You only love once in a lifetime, even if you aren't always aware of it.
- Antonio Fortuny, the Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.
- Gustavo Barceló, the Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell myself I'm not doing it!
- Howell Jenkins, Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
All that is gold does not glitter.
- Bilbo Baggins, the Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Short cuts make long delays.
- Peregrin Took, the Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
- William Shakespeare
I was first introduced to the concept of site-making when I stumbled across Nienke's amazing site, Nienke's Premades. At first I was fevered by ambition, and I strove to create a huge empire in a short amount of time. I didn't know that my layouts weren't of quality. I thought I simply needed to let more people know about my site. I went through the site community, browsed through "smaller" sites and sent out tons of affiliation requests just to advertise.
After a while with MP still not "rising in popularity" as I'd hoped, I saw Turnip's awesome sites, The Lunch Box, Open Eyes and the others. I'm sure you agree with me that TLB offers just about everything and is still "one site", somehow, without needing to divide to separate sites.I read Turnip's beautiful guides and I began to drive towards quality. Quantity went down, though, and as you can see I still haven't recovered that part yet (laughs).
The third site that gave me a vast amount of inspiration, arguably the one that gave me the most encouragement of my three major inspirations, was Monky's incredible site, Bedazzled. I thought GIMP wasn't capable of making "the best" graphics, but Monky overthrew that foolish belief, and with ease. I began to have more faith in me and my image manipulation programme, which definitely helped me a lot.
I want to thank the above three people in particular, with whom I had almost no interaction with: Nienke for her exceptional tutorial, Lore which was the tutorial that helped me the most, Turnip for her bits of precious scattered throughout her amazing sites, and Monky for showing me how to make the impossible possible.