And to commemorate this blogging milestone, I finally debut the 4th redesign of this blog, with a new Tumblr Avatar to boot, no more drunk party photo. I’m all class now:
I was actually suppossed to finish this like in November, but this pesky thing called a job got in my damn way. Curse my need for White Castle frozen burgers!
This is crazy though, guys. I’ve never had this long of a commitment to anything. Women. Jobs. Sobriety. I really have to give it up to Tumblr and the large community that makes maintaining this blog fun and not a chore. My followers have grown quite a bit since I first started and I’m still amazed that people actually look at this thing.
A lot has happened since year 1.
I got a new job, I’m a full Art-Director now. I moved to Plano. I started eating ground turkey (wtf right? it’s delicious). Got an iPad. Started a podcast. Attempted to do the “Robot” to impress a girl at a bar (that not only didn’t work, but I think I saw a little hate in her eye).
But mainly I have decided that I eventually want to pursue a career in digital/interactive art-direction & design. It’s been a long journey to get to that realization but sometimes that’s just the way it’s gotta be. These side projects I work on and blog about are my mental exercises. I don’t think my interactive work is anywhere near to the level I aspire to, but I’ll sure as hell keep trying. You should like a little insecurity in your designer. Keeps ‘em honest.
Working on this latest redesign of my blog has been pretty intense, especially with the new hours I keep at my job. However, I really wanted to explore the latest web technolgies and practices out there. Besides all the fancy CSS3 you’ll see around the site, I challenged myself by making the whole damn thing responsive & fluid. I also really tried to re-design this site from the ground up. I re-skinned the Disqus comments, adding post jump navigation that follows your mouse, and added Q&A posting capabilities (now you can ask me questions). Hell I even put some thought into the post social share buttons.
It was hard work, but it was strangely fun trying to figure this stuff out, and I feel better experience coming out of the other end the process. The minute this thing starts feeling like work is when I need to call it quits.
Holy crap I’ve been rambling. Thanks for being patient and reading this. You guys are the best. And check out the site. Spread it around like the herp. I’m done.