National WebMistress Day recognizes women in web development on August 26th.
A WebMistress is a woman who designs, develops, markets and maintains websites. The term has existed since the mid-1990s. In June of 1995, the term officially entered technology’s lexicon. That month, Kat Valentine secured the domain name WebMistress.com. Taking the name a step further, Valentine then began web development under the job title WebMistress. Comparatively, the term WebMaster arrived on the scene as early as 1986, according to various classified ads.
Now, thousands of women work under the job title WebMistress. More than 20 years later, the word still raises eyebrows. However, WebMistress has a place not only on the résumé but is a legitimate job title in the business world. Take the time to acknowledge the women in web development to promote the job title in the business and lose the stigma associated with the word.
I taught myself both web design and blogging. After not being able to have a regular or structured job I was trying to figure out what I could handle. My health disabilities keep me from a normal job. So, I once again considered web design.
I’ve dabbled over the years and while I may not be capable of some things my computer skills are still there just a little more dusty….lol. Timelines, strict schedules, and other stresses dont work for me so I started this blog as a hobby.
SEO, affiliate marketing, social media management, promoter, and other aspects were a foreign language. I’m still learning but I’ve gained a basic understanding and best of my hard work has paid off at least a little. My readership and views have increased and my page views are still climbing. I even gained a few high profile fans.
So while I can’t handle the everyday rigors if a 9 – 5 job this gives me the flexibility to work at my own pace. Now, if I can just learn to make it pay better than a hobby…. please remember to follow and share if you’ve found both this article and my blog.
HOW TO OBSERVE #nationalWEBMISTRESSday
Share your experiences in web design. While you’re at it, give a shout out to an outstanding WebMistress you know.
Use #nationalWEBMISTRESSday on social media to show you are a woman web designer. Also, use the hashtag to demonstrate pride in working under the title WebMistress. Visit www.nationalwebmistressday.com for more information.
NATIONAL WEBMISTRESS DAY HISTORY
Kat Valentine founded National WebMistress Day in June of 2016 to promote women in web design. Additionally, the day celebrates the legitimacy of the job title.