My name is Jay Gaulard and I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. I’ll try to keep what I write aligned with my professional side, but there’s always the risk that some of my hobbies and personality traits might sneak through. I’ll do my best though.
I created my very first web page in 1996 while taking a Computer Information Systems course at Binghamton University in New York. It’s strange because I’m not even sure I knew how to use the internet at the time. Just months before, I had attempted to apply for a business graduate program at Clarkson University in Potsdam in one of my professors’ offices and I couldn’t even fill in the online form that was required. I really didn’t know what was going on.
Those years were huge in the way of learning for me. By the time I made it to grad school in 1999, I had a hosting account at Jumpline (with an operational website), owned my very first 35mm camera, and was working splendidly in Adobe Photoshop. I was also learning a few other of Adobe’s programs, but you probably don’t remember them. Okay, fine, they were ImageReady and LiveMotion; two of my favorite programs ever. And yes, in those days, we called them “programs.” I think they’re called apps now. They’re the same thing though. Those two apps were discontinued long ago, but Photoshop and many others live on today.
Through the years, I’ve become quite the talented force when it comes to setting up systems and learning about many aspects of technology. The domain you’re currently browsing was registered somewhere around 2004; maybe even earlier. I initially ran a website design and hosting service from this domain and later turned it into a blog. I began with WordPress as my content management system (CMS) and continue on with it today. After my initial introduction to WordPress, I began writing, photographing, and blogging. From there, I transitioned into a professional writer and amateur photographer. My passions include learning and teaching. And building. We can’t forget about the building part. I do love putting things together.
You’ll probably read this hundreds of times on these pages – I’d rather not make a website for you. What I’d truly prefer to do is to teach you how to make one for yourself. I’d like to teach you how to operate your camera and how to take better photos. I’d like to teach you how to set your server and database up to run at optimal performance. I want to coach you through your writing endeavors and proofread what you’ve written. Maybe even teach you how to edit your photos in Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, or Lightroom. I can help you post things online via social media and to your blog and I can even guide you through your installation and customization of a XenForo forum or a theme from StudioPress.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’ll do the work if you want me to and I’ll most likely give you a better price than you can find anywhere else. You may have good reasons for not wanting to get involved. Perhaps you’re too busy or you simply aren’t interested. Maybe your technical skills aren’t up to snuff or your kids won’t let you near a computer. Who knows. People have their reasons. If this is the case, I can help you. All you need to do is reach out. Before you do that though, you really should read through what I can offer. I do have my preferences and those aren’t likely to change. After being in this business for as many years as I have, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t, which businesses have stayed the course and which ones have gone under. I’ve learned so much and all that knowledge guides my practices today.
To sum this up, I’ll tell you this: I’m a teacher and a writer before I’m a designer and a photographer. I love to help people. It’s in my blood. I’m not sure there’s ever been a person I haven’t helped who has asked for it. I’ve been working online for over 20 years and have written well over 3,000 high quality blog posts and articles, about half of those instructional. I’ve taken thousands of even higher quality photographs, some of which are hanging on my walls right now. I’ve got a masters degree in Business Administration from Binghamton University and have run a very successful small business since 2005. I’ve launched dozens of beautifully crafted websites and have taught more people than I can count how to do every single thing I can do, but better. Designing and photographing and teaching are my loves in life. I can do work for you or I can teach you how to do the work yourself. It’s your choice.
If you’d like me to help you in some way, please contact me and let me know. If you’d like to learn the steps necessary to complete your projects on your own, then by all means, visit my blog or my forum. Those places are where the real fun is.
If you’d like to see some examples of WordPress blogs and XenForo forums, please click through the links below. Some of these websites are new, while some are almost two decades old. I set all of them up and they’re at various points in their existences.