Creating a website is a strange process. I can honestly say that I’m old enough to have spent a lot of my life without a computer, and seemingly got along just fine without one; either that or it makes a good excuse for not actively learning more about the digital side of things due to lack of interest. But as time, interests, and projects have piled up, it seemed worthwhile for me to create a website. It started off as a place to save digital files of paintings (most of which were completed, sold, or had somehow disappeared over the years) and a way to promote a niche business I’ve created for myself. It just seems easier to give someone a business card with a web address than explain what I do. Plus, realizing that I’ve lost count of how many musicians I’ve played with and the multitude of recordings I’ve been on – well, a website just seems like a better way to organize this stuff. You never know if the house will burn down or I’ll lose more of my memory.

Organizing this information is difficult. Not just trying to find old records, zines, and photos, but also trying to organize it in such a way as to not be overly complicated. I can understand why the smart thing to do is pick one thing and do it well, but my brain just doesn’t work that way. So, with the design and web building expertise of Ted Angel, it started coming together. Ted mentioned that sometimes people will come to him with an idea of what they want their site to be like, but not have enough actual content to back it up, which can make the process difficult. The challenge we faced was figuring out the best way to simplify, streamline, and present a lifetime’s worth of content.

A lot of work, for sure, but while organizing all this data, I had a strange realization. When I was younger and trying to figure things out, it seemed to me like people that I looked up to had a lot of this stuff figured out. They seemed peaceful, organized, and knowledgable, things that my racing, cluttered mind hoped to achieve one day. I’m still waiting for that to happen. In my confusion of trying to learn (which still continues), I never stopped long enough to realize that it’s a process; we all experience it differently, but part of that process is taking a moment to breathe and sort through what you’ve accomplished. Because so much time has passed, I haven’t realized that I may be more peaceful, organized, and knowledgable than I was twenty or so years ago.

It feels good to stop, reflect, and gain some perspective, but I’m looking forward to finishing this first phase of the website and getting back to building things, painting, writing, and playing music – it’s what I’ve chosen to spend time on for years with a lot more to do, and figure out. Maybe this means I’ll blog more. Who knows?