I didn't realize what I had started in that other thread, but since it got shut down, I thought I'd respond here. I never called myself a web designer. I said that I had designed websites--perhaps "created" would be a more accurate term. On my site, I refer to myself as a webmaster (among other things) meaning someone who creates and manages websites. It is something I have done for pay and have volunteered to do because I believe so strongly in having a web presence and in connecting people to each other or to services.
The parents and teachers at the school where I worked were thrilled to have a website that was visually pleasing, organized, and regularly updated. The website that I created and maintain for our (my husband and my) children's hair salon draws new clients on a regular basis. The actual content (i.e. writing, which is what I'm best at) is the hook -- when they read that even the squirmiest toddler won't go out the door shaggy, they are hopeful.
I think I have a title that works: creator. We're all little creators, made in the image and likeness of the big creator. At least that's my take on it. I am an artist, but I don't have the time or desire to learn every kind of art. That would be like Monet saying, "I know I'm best at impressionism, but just to make sure I live up to the title of 'artist', I better master realism, abstract art, etc..."
I switched from Blogger to WordPress because I wanted a better blog interface. I wanted a search feature and categories and comments and an easier way to create links. Guess what? I got all that and more. I wanted to tweak the layout of information just slightly and I figured out how to do that. I thought it might be nice to change the fonts and colors, but when I polled my readers about it, they said they like it just the way it is, so the "designers" of WP must have known what they were doing!
In time, I may pick up more skills so that I can use my artistic eye to create something more my style, but for now, I'm happy because I'm doing what I love most--writing (a.k.a. blogging) and in an organized fashion. My stats confirm that I'm getting lots of hits and comments are proof of that also. I've always been good at getting my sites near the top of Google and at finding ways to get linked all over the place.
Thanks Nuclearmoose and others who were supportive and understanding. To the others, I have nothing to say because I think we speak a different language, but thanks for at least trying to communicate. I did get some of your very valid points. Communication is what I'm all about. But it takes a lifetime, so let's be patient instead of alienating one another.