A Living First Draft
I've had this rough vision for what I wanted my website to be, Going back all the way to 2012. I wanted a place that was a constant stream of all the things I thought, discovered, and loved. A place I could use to share that with others and to act as a sort of time capsule for myself in the future. I wanted to be able to create collections of different kinds of content grouped by some shared property and be able to share and manage it all on the same platform. Collections of blog posts, photos, playlists, recent comics or movies I loved, anything.
Back in 2012 I had just left my first design job at Grooveshark. I was a Junior Visual Designer which at the time meant spending all day in photoshop. It felt like there was a casm of knowledge between designing what the web could look like in a photo editor and really building for the web itself. Despite what some senior developers might argue today, the web wasn't that friendly to newcomers in the past either. It was hard then and it's hard now.
I've tried to build this site more times than I can recall at this point. It was never good enough though, I could never make it stick. I'd tell myself that every platform had limitations I couldn't figure out how to circumvent, either because of a technical limitation or a knowledge gap. In hindsight, I think it's because if it wasn't built it could always exist as this perfect idea in my mind. I've let the impossible goal of perfect be a barrier and scapegoat for things too often in my life. It's not easy and it won't be an overnight change but now I'm trying a different approach.
Instead of aiming for perfect, This website will be my never-ending rough draft. A living platform for sharing whatever feels right at that moment in time. I'm not setting down any rules for what you might see posted. Sometimes it will be loose thoughts like this one, other times it might be technical posts about how I'm building it. I'll probably extend it further to house things like photos I've taken, or maybe even work from others that I love. We'll see where things take me but from now on, this is my site. For better or for worse.