DIY

Last summer, I got it in my head that it might be time to stop identifying myself publicly with as narrow a scope as I had been. While my life and writing has revolved heavily around one particular niche, it’s not my life’s ambition to write about poker for the rest of my years. I’m okay with it for now and the foreseeable future, but there is going to be a time when writing about how ace-king beat queens just doesn’t massage my soul in a good way. The more I thought about it, I realized that other than this site, I only had one more personal online space and that site was based entirely on poker.

Fast forward to last week when my buddy pinged me to tell me pokerpapers.com was down. I looked into it, and in a very circuitous way discovered the credit card on which my hosting account drew its monthly payment had expired. Impetus!

Last summer, I started getting bids on some web site design for a new personal space. Though I was close to dropping the cash several times, I found it hard to justify dropping $2,000 or more on a site to promote…well, me.

And so, I did what I do when I’m feeling cheap and motivated. I did it myself.

BradWillis.net is by no means perfect. It’s still under construction. But, in my spare time over the weekend I built pretty much exactly what I wanted for a grand total of zero dollars. (Actually, I wanted BradWillis.com, but someone is sitting on that one and wants an ton of money for it–obviously he has more confidence in the name than I do).

The entire process of building a resume/portfolio site is an embarrassing one. I can’t take a compliment from people I know, let alone comfortably give one to myself. Still, it serves its purpose and looks a lot better than my old site.

Now, anyone wanna buy a poker domain?

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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7 Responses

  1. April says:

    It looks great! I especially like the “find Brad” tab, but I think you should hook that up to some GPS-type thing that tracks you on your world travels so we can lojack you just in case you go missing in the back alleys of Costa Rica or some place. Little insurance so to speak.

  2. change100 says:

    Yay! My favorite Otis shirt is featured on the front page!

  3. Look at you Mr. Fancy Pants! Although you look too serious in the photo AND I don’t see a place to leave snarky comments, but other than that, I dig the new digs! It’s like you’re all grown up! I second April’s lowjack idea!

  4. Tim says:

    I, for one, think a named Brad Willis website is long overdue. The layout and web-work look great!

  5. Drizztdj says:

    Very sexy.

    Ship the shirt, XXL please. 🙂

  6. Looks great! I need to get one of those “Find Brad” buttons for my husband. Would have to change the name of course, but you get the idea! 🙂 Looks good though! I am certain the $2k job would not have been any better at all!

  7. Da Goddess says:

    I think it looks nice. I like it.

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