So, we’ve now come to the
point where I’m finally doing something I should have done years ago: I’m
moving this blog to a new website with a dedicated domain name and a WordPress
The template you see on this
site is the first one I ever used, from the first night I started doing this
nearly ten years ago. I went on Blogger, chose a basic setup, dicked around
with the HTML, and started writing. I eventually figured out how to create a
background, so I chose a JPEG of a hardwood floor that I found on Google
images, and left the entire thing alone for nearly a decade. That flooring
background’s been gone for a while, right? I don’t know what happened to it. I
think I thought it looked like the dance floor at a club.
I’ve been thinking a lot
lately about getting out and doing some stuff that’s not related to what I do
for work, meaning I want to get back into “writing for pleasure”—although,
since I’ve done it before, this probably means something more along the lines
of “writing to get attention and make money.” That would be cool, and I think I
have a lot of that in me—and I’ve always believed I could do this on more than
just the cheesy 2006 “job blogger” level.
Sure, if I could have, I
would’ve done it by now, but there’s more to it than that. Life’s just been
fucking weird over the past several years, and my career branched off in a
direction I didn’t think it would, away from the kind of work I really want to
be doing. You’ll get no complaints from me, but the direction I’ve gone isn’t
exactly what I envisioned when I first went out to lunch with a big time
literary agent who told me I had a “great writing career” ahead of me.
I didn’t put in the work I
needed to do to get that. I’m aware of that. Things are far from over, however.
I owe this blog a lot.
Believe me when I tell you that it’s responsible for creating an entirely new
life for me. The opportunities it’s created have made me a decent amount of
money, I’ve met people I never otherwise
would have met, and it’s given me a whole new career doing something I never
thought would be possible: using my brain to make a living instead of my back.
In focusing solely on my job
for the past four or five years, however, I’ve veered away from this part of my
life. I’ve been trying to get back into it lately, though, and I’ve started
enjoying it again. With that said, if I’m going to get things moving again, I’m
also thinking it’s time to upgrade the facilities, too.
To do that, I called my
friend Josh (he’s Canadian, so if the new site sucks, he’s used to being blamed
for shit) and asked him to create a very basic website for me, using WordPress
as the blogging platform. Blogger’s been awesome to me, but I prefer WordPress
because there’s more I can do with it. I didn’t want anything crazy in terms of
site design—just a really bare-bones black-and-white template that features
whatever text I’m putting up that day. It’s pretty empty right now, but the
sides—and everything else—will fill in if and when shit starts happening again.
Will anyone care? Who knows?
As always, I’m doing this for myself, so even if everyone completely drops off
and I’m the only one reading, I’ll still just keep going, because I like doing
I’m moving away from the
whole “Clublife” deal because it’s probably been about five years since I’ve
even set foot in a nightclub—much less bounced at one. Metaphorically,
however—and yeah, I know this might be stupid, but fuck it—I’ve never really
moved “off the box,” either in my head or in life. I’m still watching, waiting
So, from now on,
everything’s switching over there. We’ll see how this goes.