Let me introduce myself, My name is Chrispian Burks and yes, you can call me Chris. I’ve been a member here at SitePoint since November, 2001. I’ve also been a Mentor in the forums and contributed an article or two. I had the chance to meet some of the SitePoint gang at SXSW (2007) and they somehow roped me into blogging for them.

I started dabbling in web dev as a hobby back in 1996 when we called every page on the Internet a “web site”. I started early enough that I didn’t know anyone who could teach me what I needed to know so I ended up a jack of all trades. I’ve done everything from building ISPs and Web Hosting companies from the ground up to working as a designer or developer at various local firms, most recently started my own company, a blog network.

As a programmer and developer my skills are in PHP and MySQL, though I’m pretty good at Perl, Python, Shell Scripting, JavaScript and a few other odd bits as needed. I don’t pretend to be the best at any of these things, but I get the job done. I’m also decent with Photoshop, though I’m no graphic designer. I have a love/hate relationship with Web Standards: I love CSS/XHTML, but it hates me.

While I’ll contribute to the topics above I think my most recent experience in trying to run web business and make money through various means (CPM, CPC, Direct Ad Sales, Sponsorships, etc.) will be of particular interest to just about anyone trying to make a living on the interweb. It’s been a fun ride and I’m just getting started.

I hope to get to know more of you through SitePoint and I’m always open to questions and story suggestions. If I don’t know the answer I’ll do what I can to find it. Don’t be stranger and I hope you check back often.