Anyways, I came to the conclusion designers were focusing on portraying a “cool” image that they wanted to see in themselves, not exactly the professional, trustworthy image that potential clients wanted to see.
I decided I didn’t need a portfolio website.
If a potential client wanted to see my work, they would have to ask me directly, and I could send them a pdf. (I even deleted all but one of my dribbble shots).
This allowed me to keep track of every single person who wanted to see my work, (enough to merit an email to me anyway).
This also forced me to put an all new emphasis on the words I used in my emails, and eventually things like meetings, proposals, and other forms of communication typical to the client on boarding process.