When I launched this new site last January, I made some modest design changes in adopting the WordPress 2011 theme (yes, it was 2015 when I did that). Needless to say, the site was lacking in some key aspects of functionality and aesthetics.
Now, I’ve finally gotten around to updating it. Although I’ve always been a believer that content is really what matters on a blog, it is somewhat inspiring to have a sleek new design to utilize. I also want to apologize to anyone who tried to view this site on a mobile device any time within the past… um… ever, because I actually forgot how bad it was. There was a certain point at which I meant to get around to changing it, and then I just completely forgot. So hopefully both your mobile and desktop experiences will be significantly more pleasant on the site now. I even added a little button on the bottom right that lets you jump back to the top of the page! Amazing, right?! Definitely helpful for mobile viewing, especially on a post like The Chef and His Patron.
I’m currently in Chicago for a few weeks, living in a studio apartment the size of a prison cell (I have to move my futon to open my fridge all the way), but I have a few very precious resources: time, money, and a Rode NT1-A condenser microphone hooked into a USB mixing board that feeds directly into my laptop. I’ve already started recording some new music, and I’d also like to start getting some future podcasts recorded and loaded in for publishing. Feel free to leave any podcast topic suggestions, guest ideas, and questions for me to answer in the comments.
This is my 17th post of the year. I started off strong in January, coming out of the gate with 10 (ten!) posts that month, and then my output dropped precipitously. At times I’ve struggled to find my voice again, wanting to write for the blog but being unsure of which direction to take it. I traveled a lot this year– living for a few months in Miami, then Princeton, then New York City (well, technically Jersey City). It was an interesting journey, but even with all that traveling, I didn’t know what it meant. “Wherever you go, there you are” and all that. At times the nomadic lifestyle can make you feel adrift, unmoored, and lacking in identity. But I guess that’s the nice thing about the internet– it can help you to maintain your sense of identity, and community, and some really important human interactions, no matter where you are.
When I look back at my posts, even from earlier this year, it helps to remind me of who I am. It’s kind of a funny sensation, looking back at words you yourself have written, and feeling it like a splash of cold water in your face. A reminder of oh yeah, so that’s me. I spent far too many hours this year mindlessly refreshing the same apps on my phone, looking for a drip of dopamine, a minuscule piece of humanity drowning in an ocean of numbing electronic lights. I don’t know if what I do here is truly “real” in the ultimate sense of the word, but it’s definitely substantial in a way. It’s a step in the right direction, and it’s always been fulfilling.
So consider this an early New Year’s resolution, and a heads up to look out for me to be back in the blogging game again in the coming weeks. I hope you’re all looking forward to my next 10 posts*.
*Followed by eight months of silence.