Know what, I printed this out and am going to keep it for reference.
I tell you, I just got the biggest boost in confidence this weekend in my confidence in my own status as a relative expert. My boyfriend's best friend, a law student, has been playing with websites and sending us his results. He knows no HTML and tried to use frames that didn't work to make his home page. He also failed to optimize his images. It was just a mess and a jumble.
Well, he just got a paying web design gig.
I asked him a couple questions (we were out having beers and hot wings in Buffalo) about how he planned on going about it, and he had no idea. About anything.
Hell, if he can get paid for this, I can get paid ten times as much!!
I'm thinking this is the incentive I need to get off my butt, finish the tutorials I was working on, and get going. I'll help him out for free, because he's a buddy and I needed the incentive to finish my materials. But man, if he can get a gig... I sure can!
It was also a bit of an eye-opener when he asked about SEO and I explained it cheerfully and rapidly and I noticed after about two minutes that they were staring at me... I know a lot about this stuff and I seem to care a whole lot more than is warranted! I am now officially "the Google dork" in my boyfriend's view.
So, look out world, I'm determined to make money at this.