Sometime in 2005 I created my first blog. It wasn’t great but I started it during a freelance venture I like to refer to as “Hasty Unemployment.” I’d build websites for clients (the somewhat gaudy flash kind when full page flash sites were all the rage) and at night I’d build the blog. It was usually full of drawings and other assorted bits of stuff that really didn’t form any cohesive vision or theme. It was just fun.
After a while, I started to neglect it. It became a huge link spam farm and google classified it as spam and basically black-listed the whole site forcing me to shut the whole thing down. I started this site in December of 2008 and the blog limped along for quite a while. A post here, a drawing there, just a random smattering of…well…stuff that really didn’t form any cohesive vision or theme. Except, it wasn’t fun, it was work. I felt obligated to keep it updated even though I received no traffic at all. I didn’t keep it updated and it just flatlined into a boring rote site.
So, here I am again. Fresh theme, a satchel of drawings and images to use and a somewhat cohesive vision. We’ll see what’s to become of this one. I think blogs have tremendous value – I really don’t think I would have gotten my last few jobs if I didn’t have some sort of web presence. I wonder what would happen if I really put some effort into it though. Not in the online marketing sense where I build a bunch of niche sites and start trying to game google ad traffic but what if I just put a lot of interesting stories out there?
It could be fun. The old blog is gone. This is one is new. Except for the image, that one is kinda old. Sue me.