My name is Scott Weaver and I'm a full time Web Developer, part time Affiliate Marketer.
From The Top
Back in 1996, I already knew my way around HTML and was starting to dabble with Perl and general dynamic interfaces using CGI. I started building things that people actually used, most "famous" of which was my PenPals application (which, oddly enough, still works).
Soon after that, I found a new love: PHP.
Coupled with MySQL, PHP was an amazing break-through for someone who had spent so much time working with flat files and Perl. While working at CTAP in northern California, I began moonlighting with my co-worker and friend Mark Cloyd to develop applications for his clients using PHP, MySQL.
Not long after that, I decided to move to southern California to pursue my bachelor's degree. In 2001, I built a blogging community called Sitdiary, which is still in use to this day. After that, I was building new sites left and right, picking up new tricks and trying to make my mark on the web.
R Squared Networks
In 2004, my now-brother-in-law proposed that I join his start-up R Squared Networks to give networking a try. Despite my love for programming, I also knew a bit about networking and wanted to give it a shot. While I did manage to complete wireless surveys and installations on a number of companies (such as St. Jude Medical Center), attain my CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and WLANFE (Wireless LAN Field Engineer) certificates, there was no love there.
When September of 2005 rolled around, R Squared Networks was closing its doors and I started looking for jobs as a Web Developer. That's when I started working for Click Consulting. Although I had worked with fairly large clients before, Click was a brand new experience for me. I worked directly with companies like G4 Tech TV (now extinct), E! Entertainment and even the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Of course, at this point, PHP was no longer enough and I had to start picking up other languages (namely, ASP and ASP.NET).
After a year of working at Click Consulting and thinking about starting my own business, I decided to part ways and did just that. Although "iBox Photo" never did take off, I learned a lot along the way about how to form a business, why a business needs a very solidly defined plan and most importantly, that sometimes businesses do indeed fail. On the other hand, as I'd formed iBox Photo as a fictitious name under Macdougal Media, I decided to go with that instead. With this business, I started doing affiliate (referral) marketing for other companies. Using SEO (search engine optimization), PPC (pay per click) and organic ranking methods, I found that this business actually worked.
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Given the volatile nature of the business, however, I decided that if I were going to start a family I would need a steady/solid income. That's when I started looking for another WebDev job and ended up at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine where I've been as their Web Application Developer working since.