Monthly Archives: November 2011

New website for Resist Instrument Works

I’ve been pretty bad about getting anything new posted on this blog.  I’ve got some ideas, and even some things started, I just haven’t had time to get them wrapped up.  However, toward that end I bought a new computer this last week.  We have 4 computer users at our house and only one computer that really works well.  My wife Rachael does music, and needs a computer for recording and networking.  My son does stop action movies and needs a computer for editing (and watching Youtube videos about stop action movie making, and videos about how to win the games on his antiquated gameboy when he’s allowed to play it.)  My daughter is 13 and oddly enough uses the computer less than any of us, but still wants to check her facebook and watch old school Warner Brothers cartoons.  As a writer I appreciate having access to a computer.  I could live without one, and do my writing with a pen and paper like people have done for millenia, but I’m such a slow hand writer that the prospect of sitting down and writing anything of length is pretty daunting, and usually ends up not happening at all.  Plus in order to do anything with that writing, it’s going to need to be typed up.  So why bother handwriting it first?

Recently the pieces started falling together to bring a new computer into our lives:

  • Growing aggrivation among all parties over having to share one good computer
  • Not one but TWO bonuses at work (due to my exemplary performance as a wage slave during the last busy season)

Okay, so it turns out there was only two pieces that needed to fall together… but they did.  There were a couple more pieces that had to come together for new website though.  I just got done doing the Green Gifts Fair.  The last 3 years I’ve had a big building spree in the beginning of November and the weekend before Thanksgiving brought as many canjos, cigar box guitars, cookie tin banjos, and ukuleles as I could build to the Midtown Global Market.  This year, along with the instruments I sold, I gave out about 200 business cards.  Since I don’t have a store front, my business cards list my website and email address.  However, the website I built with Wix a couple years back had never been all that good.  Giving out 200 business cards motivated me to do something about that.  Running across a little ad for Weebly at the bottom of a friend’s website was another piece of the puzzle.  The final piece was buying a computer that I could hog for a few days to get my website built.

So over my Thanksgiving break, I sat down at my new computer and got acclimated to it’s strange new keyboard by creating a new website for Resist Instrument Works.  I have to say, I was apprehensive about using Weebly at first because it’s free.  So far the free webpage builders I’ve used haven’t been that good.  However, I looked up some reviews and it seems that Weebly is a pretty great service.  So I created an account and started building.  It’s SUPER easy to use. You pick out a design and then start dragging parts into it.  You’ve got your basic pieces like titles, pictures, and paragraphs, but then you can also drag and drop galleries, contact forms, video, maps, shopping cart items & more.  It’s all pretty amazing.  When I started building web pages, I had to write all my own code.  I’d sit there for hours typing <img src=”…. only to have it not look the way I wanted to.  This one was SO freaking easy to use.  It was so nice to be able to drag the pieces around the page and put them where I wanted.  Plus, everything I used was free.  There are some services you would have to pay for, but I was able to build my whole website from scratch, for free, over the course of one weekend.

So all that said, it would be pretty sweet if you would head over to and check out my newly created website.